I did a lot of organizing during my maternity leave since I only had one baby 😛 this time. I installed laundry shelving the week after I gave birth, considered installing moulding, but instead turned to my disaster of a spice cabinet. I buy most of my spices in bulk in small amounts so they stay fresh. So, I wanted small jars – 2-3 ounces each. I read that opaque ones are better for preserving your spices, but since mine are in a dark cabinet, I thought glass would be fine.
I like the oval ones from Crate and Barrel because they use space efficiently, but they were only available online. I didn’t like the frosted label part of the Ikea Droppar ones, though now in retrospect I kind of like them. I ended up ordering these from Cost Plus World Market because I had free shipping and liked the pop of color. I also picked up a couple turntables at the Crate and Barrel store (Copco brand – they aren’t on the website anymore, but are available on Amazon) so I could get to all the spices, something that was very challenging before. I originally used paper labels, which was fine, but then I got this sweet label maker. It’s not the highest quality machine – I had to get a replacement after it stopped cutting properly, but I love the retro look. The click sound is very satisfying. There are still some spices and seasonings that are just too big for spice jars (hello Costco), but overall, it’s a vast improvement.