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?