Things I Love Thursday: Spice Stack – Frugal Novice

Things I Love Thursday: Spice Stack

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I have quite a few spice jars filling up my cabinets. Some are ones I use often, like cumin or garlic powder, and some I purchased for a specific recipe but rarely use, like cloves or fennel seeds (by the way, if you have any recipes that use those ingredients, let me know). Regardless, I’ve ended up with a vast array of spices and seasonings, and over the years I’ve tried several different ways of organizing them.

When we got married we registered for a really pretty wall-hung spice rack – it looked like a miniature wine rack, basically. It only held a few spices, and it came with pre-filled bottles, so I still ended up with a cabinet housing stray bottles we’d pick up here and there. Later I tried incorporating a lazy susan. That wasted a lot of space, because I could only have bottles around the perimeter or I wouldn’t be able to see labels to find anything. I tried using a tiered shelving system, but I had trouble seeing the bottles that were on the back shelf.

Last year I tried purchasing a car seat on Target’s website, but they had the wrong price listed and refused to honor that lower price. I wrote and complained, as apparently many people did, and Target sent out $30 gift cards as an apology. I was apparently frustrated enough at the clutter problem in my cabinets that my first thought was to go look at spice racks. I know, I’m wild like that!

I guess it was meant to be, because I found a product that has worked perfectly for me – the Spice Stack.

It stores 27 full-size bottles, or up to 54 half-size bottles. They’re all stored horizontally, but then each level slides out and folds down so you can easily see your spices and find what you’re looking for.

Our house was built in 1972 and has really narrow cabinets, and the Spice Stack still fits just fine. I’ve had this for about a year now and am still completely happy with it. If you’re looking for a way to get more organized in your kitchen, I’d highly recommend giving this a try. I have to admit that at first I was turned off by the blandness of the design – I like pretty things – but hey, form follows function, right?

They don’t sell it on Target’s website anymore, but you can find it on Amazon. It’s $30, so it isn’t a bargain find, and I don’t know that I would have initially purchased it if I hadn’t had that free Target gift card to spend. After using it, though, I’d definitely say it’s worth the price – and it’s kept me from going out and wasting money trying to find other solutions.

How do you organize your spices?

  • Damsel April 1, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Right now, I have six lazy susans in my spice cabinet, but I’m about to order some of these spice stacks! Thank you so much!!!
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  • lynn @ Maven of Savin April 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I cannot tell you how many times I have almost bought this! We are moving so I will have to wait and see what my options are there, but thanks for telling us about it. I always hoped it would be good, but you never really know until you get it.

    They usually have it in the other organization catalogs – GetOrganized and Solutions (I think).

  • Emily April 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I actually use a shallow drawer for my spices. They all lay flat so I can see the labels. I also added clear small boxes to line up the short spices. I may have to get the Spice Rack as my daughter is starting to open all the kitchen drawers to investigate. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    • Christi April 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

      That’s a great idea, Emily! Our kitchen is sorely lacking in drawer space, but I am going to have to remember that for my future kitchen (you know, the dream one where I have plenty of storage?). :) Thanks for the tip!

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  • Olivia April 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

    That is so cool! I want one! Mine are so jumbled in the cabinet!

  • Juliana April 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I LOVE the Spice Stack! Cool! I organize in alphabetical order because I am a dork

    • Christi April 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      Juliana, if you’re a dork then I am too – I usually keep mine in alphabetical order, and noticed when I posted the photos that things were out of order. I had to stop and rearrange everything right away!

  • Rachel April 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I got 2 spice racks for Christmas this past year, but they came with bottles and one of them had the pre-filled spices. I kind of wish I hadn’t recieved such nice racks, because that does look really efficient, though I’m not certain I could find a place in my kitchen for it.

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  • Jen @ Little Bit This n That April 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    This looks AWESOME!! We have a nice spice rack for the wall. It came with the pre-filled bottles, but I just keep refilling them. It’s kind of a pain. I also have 2 shoe box-sized rubbermaid containers in a cabinet too. I have to see if this would work for me.

    PS – Spices must be organized alphabetically–is there any other way??
    .-= Jen @ Little Bit This n That´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  • Jacquie May 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I love this spice rack. When we moved we had no room for our spices so I have them all thrown in a basket and it drives me crazy. Now that I have been on bedrest with this pregnancy and my hubby has had to take over the cooking, he was appalled to see our system or lack there of. At our old home I had them organized in a cabinet alphabetically and they fit great. Not anymore. This is perfect though.