Up until now, I stored my spices in a deep middle drawer next to my oven. I had a lot of different-sized containers, and this was the best one to fit them all.
But digging around for herbs and spices while cooking just wasn’t efficient. Plus, I loved the idea of having a more organized and visually appealing spice drawer where I could easily see everything I have in one glance. So, I decided to transfer as much as I could to a shorter top drawer (not to mention, this would free up some much-needed space in my larger middle drawer).
I chose these glass spice bottles from Amazon, because I wanted a shape that would lay flat and liked that they came with a removable shake/pour lid. And I bought this DYMO Organizer Xpress label maker – which I’ve completely fallen in love with. I’d highly recommend it if you love organizing and labeling It’s cheap and easy to use!
Ultimately, this project was tedious and a little time-consuming, but so rewarding. I think from start to finish, it took me around 3 hours.
First, I soaked the jars in soapy water to make sure they were all really clean, then let them completely dry before transferring everything over.
In the meantime, I pulled out all of the herbs and spices I had. Not gonna lie, I threw out a decent amount that had already expired, but also found a few I’d forgotten about – an added bonus to this little project!
Once the bottles were dry, I poured a glass of wine and started the process. I didn’t find that I needed a funnel to transfer everything over, but one thing I will say is to make sure you gently tap the bottom of each bottle on your countertop in between fillings. This will make more room in your jar if you need it.
When labeling, I tried to line everything up as best I could, and decided to make a tiny expiration date for the bottom of each spice jar.
I can now easily see what I have in stock and know when I’m running low on anything. Such a satisfying project for this OCD heart of mine!
There are a lot of container types and labeling options out there. I’ve seen others write directly on their glasses with a white Sharpie pen or find cute sticker labels to use instead. I hope you find what you love to make cooking and inventory tracking easier! Feel free to share your tips or any questions below :)