My spices were in dire need of some organization. Really, I'm not joking! Because I like to keep things real around here, I'll let you take a look for yourself.
This is the sorry state of my spices as of last week -- still tossed haphazardly in the same box I placed them in when we moved five months ago...
It's been a constant thorn in my side while trying to cook lately. It was time to get them organized, but how? I settled on creating a spice drawer using baby food jars with chalkboard painted lids, keeping things frugal yet still attractive.
I found a ginormous Pampers box full of baby food jars in the basement during the move. Given that the expiration dates stamped on many of them were in '05 and '06, I clearly put them away some time ago, and I've not a clue as to what my intentions were. But I was glad to have stumbled upon them when I started thinking about how I might solve my spice organization issue.
I decided that repurposing them was the perfect way to organize my spices in a drawer, so I headed to Walmart to pick up some Plaid chalkboard paint, paint brushes, and chalk. I also ordered a chalk ink marker off of Amazon -- it did cost more than the previous three items combined, but I wanted to be able to label the jars neatly, and it definitely did the trick.
I didn't bother with masking anything off on the baby food jar lids and just started painting. According to the instructions, only two coats are necessary on most surfaces, but I found that the metal lids didn't hold on to the paint well and therefore needed three to four coats.
Then I left the paint to cure overnight. Finally the paint needed conditioned, which was as simple as rubbing some chalk into it well before writing on it with the chalk marker.
I transferred my spices into the jars (have to say I'm ashamed to admit just how many duplicates and expired containers I tossed), labeled them, and organized them in a drawer. I love this simple, easy, and inexpensive solution. Now I can find my spices easily and keep tabs on when I need to buy more easily!
Do you have another creative and inexpensive solution for organizing spices?