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Operation Organization

Wednesday, November 20

Our spice cabinet used to be overwhelming. Like, 700 open bags of spices and multiple duplicates overwhelming. I mean, we had FOUR different containers of nutmeg and only one of us even likes nutmeg. Ridiculous. So I made it my mission this past weekend to sort through the mess of spices, get rid of anything past its prime, combine any multiples, and find a new storage solution that would work for both of us. I have to say, the whole process was surprisingly cathartic ;)

I don't have a proper before picture because I was too eager to get started, but here's how things looked after I purged about half of what we owned (picture spices stacked double height and crammed in every nook and cranny).
And here's where I ended up!
Visual sigh of relief. Also, finally a legitimate excuse to use adorable little mason jars. I've seen a few people do this with their spices and have always loved the way it looks. 
It was a fairly inexpensive task - a flat of 12 jars ran me less than $7. Then I just ran them through the dishwasher, loaded them up with spices, and used a white paint pen I had on hand to write the name of each spice on the lid. Easy!
I also considered chalkboard labels or craft paper labels, but in the end - a paint pen just seemed much easier and I really like the way they turned out.
On a related but much more unsuccessful note - I also picked up these containers at the dollar store to use for rice and grains in the cupboard. 
I thought it would be cute to use the Martha Stewart chalkboard paint I picked up ages ago (without any real purpose) to paint labels on the lids. 
False. Epic fail. Not impressed with your paint, Ms. Stewart. I let them cure for a full 48 hours but when I tried to write on the lid with a piece of chalk, the paint scratched right off. 
The label says it's appropriate for plastic but methinks not. Soooo a win with the spices and a loss with the rice. I'm calling it even.


  1. I love using the mason jars and plastic containers also, something I never realized is that almond meal and coconut flour should be kept in the fridge! I find the chalk that I use wipes off also so I might just try the white paint pen idea!

    1. Oh, that's good to know! Thanks for stopping by, Danica!

  2. The jars look great!!! Also... dollar store containers?? Loving those!!! So cute!

    1. Thanks lady! I'm loving how organized things feel now :)

  3. Oh this is so going to happen in my kitchen! Thanks for the wonderful idea.


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