I had a spice rack years ago. It had pre-filled spices, came with its own stand and had permanent labels. There was something about it though that bothered me. Mainly that I didn’t use half of the spices that came with it and two that I had no room to add in additional spices that I was using. The spices eventually expired, the rack collected dust and I eventually got rid of it.
Then at some point last year I found individual spice jars at IKEA. I really liked the idea that I could customize them and switch them up at any point in the future. The only problem was that after I purchased some I realized that I wasn’t really sure where to put them. They take up more space than other spice jar systems that I saw after the fact (like this one that I really liked that Abby created using narrow, taller jars.) For months now I’ve had these jars stuck in all types of drawers and cabinets in my kitchen but never in a place where they could all fit together. I kept trying to figure out how and where I could store them but kept coming up short of any solution.
Until I was walking through IKEA again one day recently and saw these shelves made for storing children’s books. They were the right size that I needed (I bought two and put them right next to each other) they were narrow (so they wouldn’t crowd the walking space) and they had a little lip on the front to keep the jars from sliding off…PERFECT!
The only problem was that I didn’t have anywhere in my kitchen to fit the shelves. However, I realized that I could utilize one of the walls in our dining room (under the gallery wall) that was just steps away from the stove. It worked out great!
As I mentioned, to cover the length that I wanted I purchased two of these shelves. The total cost of the shelves was $20. It kept me from having to make something myself and I love how it has the lip on the front compared to something I might have made that was just a narrow, open shelf that the jars might have easily slipped off of.
I just love seeing the various colors of the spices pop through!
I used my chalkboard marker to label the jars. It easily wipes off to change in the future and you can even write the expiration date on the bottom of your jar to keep track of that. I alphabetized them and can easily add in new spices at any time and move them around. I have a few empty ones at the end for any new spices that I might try.
I’m really happy with how it turned out!
I just recently launched my new e-book, “An Inviting Home On Airbnb.” It is a guide to successfully list and host your home. In it I share helpful tips on how to let guests know what things are ok to use in your home while you are away and what things you would rather not have them use. These spice jars are one of the things that we let guests know that they should definitely help themselves to! I think it adds a lot of value that someone can grab a tsp of their needed spice and not have to buy an entire jar for their trip away from home. Now they will easily be able to see if we have the spice that they are looking for!