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Organizing And Storing My Spices

I found these little glass containers at a garage sale about a year ago for a couple of bucks.  I pictured them organized, labeled, full of different spices in beautiful earthy colors, all lined up along the top of my stove.  They HAVE been lined up along the top of my stove, but sitting empty, collecting dust, and looking sad.

The last 2 days were spent spring cleaning my kitchen.  IT IS SO CLEAN and I AM SO HAPPY!  My mother- in- law helped finish it up, for which I was so grateful– I’ll have before and after pics coming up soon.

You would not believe the difference in my floor tile grout…I think I forgot the grout is supposed to be cream because it been closer to mocha (can you tell I’m trying to make the color of dirt sound a bit more appealing??:))

Because I was spring cleaning, I knew I had to tackle my spices, and I’m very happy with how they turned out.  I put the spices that I use most often in the jars, the rest of the spices I have on a small, double-decker lazy susan in the cupboard right next to the stove.

I have said this before in another post, but if you can find a store that has bulk bins full of spices, (where you can help yourself to whatever amount you need, and are charged by weight), then, by all means, DO IT!

Most health food stores have this option. I can’t tell you what a difference using fresh spices has made in my cooking and baking.  It is very economical, and I can buy smaller amounts of spices that I do not use very often, so they won’t sit around forever, getting stale.

I don’t know about you, but having a clean kitchen and organized spices makes me wanna bake, so I’m off to search my recipes to see what I can make!

Amazon Links:
Lazy Susan
Empty Glass Spice Jars
My Favorite Label Maker


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  • ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~
    May 7, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Hi Amy, What a great idea. I’ve got the cleaning and organizing bug too. Must be Spring.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  • Amy Bowman
    May 4, 2010 at 5:47 am

    oh my! so many great comments…thank you all.
    for those asking, I don’t know where to get these or who makes them…i will keep my eyes peeled and let you know if i find anything out

  • Ashlee
    May 4, 2010 at 3:57 am

    LOVE them! I love organization, glass and spices! What a great mix.

  • Atticmag
    May 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Your kitchen looks great and sooo organized. Jane F

  • Amy Kinser
    May 4, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I love this! I love those bottles and would love to know where I could find some like them. (cheaply, of course)

    I love the picture of your kitchen. Gorgeous!

    Just became a follower of yours and am excited to see more of your upcoming ideas.

    I am partying with you tonight. Stop by for a visit.

    Blessings, Amy

  • Kaysi
    May 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    What a great idea! I need to do this!

  • Mom on the Run
    May 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Stoppy by from BNOTP…love the jars. I used to have some like that and finally let them go and after seeing your project totally regretting it! I like your idea about the anti-procrastination Tuesdays, too. I am the queen of “I’ll do it tomorrow”.

  • Zeva
    May 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Very nice! I love the labler, I label just about everything I can get my hands on. You can get fresh ground spices at the some of the farmer’s markets. I have been thinking about putting my spices in jars with a opening wide enough that I can fit a measuring spoon in…your project has inspired me.

    Also, FYI…keeping your spices over the stove (excessive heat) will cause your spices to loose their favour quicker.

  • Linda@Coastal Charm
    May 3, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I soooo need to copy you on this one! Hope you havea FUN week:)


  • Stephanie Lynn
    May 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! I love the simplicity of these jars! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Stephanie Lynn
    May 2, 2010 at 4:30 am

    What a great idea. These look fabulous displayed. Would love to have you stop by The Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance! Thanks so much for sharing the link to find the jars!

  • Cathy M~(checkitoff)
    May 1, 2010 at 4:43 am

    you go girl~just make sure the recipes call for old stale (unorganized) spices;) glad you are getting so much done~you are making me feel guilty!!

  • Crystal & Co
    May 1, 2010 at 12:18 am

    LOVE this!!!! any idea who the maker is of these jars?

  • Sara
    April 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I can almost smell your spices!

  • Marie
    April 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Looks great! Yard sale season is coming…you can bet I’ll be watching for some cute little jars! 😉

  • Alix
    April 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    What a great idea! I have the same jars (but only 4 of them) now I wish I would have picked up some more!

  • talesofahummingbird
    April 30, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    these are fabulous! i have been itching to ditch my old dried out stale spices and go this route….but it seems that the container issue is what’s stopping me. wish you had bought those jars somewhere that i could go pick up some matching ones. you are always so lucky with your perfect finds! i’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.

  • Vic
    April 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    That is a great idea-so clever! I’m stalking now:)

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