An Easy and Beautiful Way to Organize Your Spices

Take charge of that kitchen clutter and organize your spice jars without building any racks or inserts (or buying another ill-fitting and expensive tray).

This DIY spice drawer uses a simple and inexpensive foam liner to keep jars in place (even odd-sized spice jars and containers). You'll be surprised at how much space you actually have with this system!

Here's what I use and how to replicate my method in your home.


Step 1: The jars

I came across these miniature Ball jars and immediately knew they’d be perfect for storing spices. They are an exact replica of the brand’s iconic mason jars, just scaled down to a diminutive 4-ounce size with a one-piece screw-on lid.


Step 2: The labeling

The miniature jars have a smooth side for labeling, and I found that an extra fine-point paint pen worked great on the glass.

Something to keep in mind: A water-based paint pen can survive a light rinsing, but comes off with soap and scrubbing so you can relabel your jars as needed. An oil-based paint pen is a bit more permanent if you’re labeling jars that will always hold the same spices.


Step 3: The filling of the jars

To transfer all my spices from the old tins to the new jars, I used this silicone funnel and found it super efficient for the job. It’s wide enough for whole spices like peppercorns, but narrow enough to fit the mouth of the jars.


Step 4: The organization hack of the spice drawer

I found these soft foam liners and they are seriously game-changing! They can be cut to length with just a pair of scissors, and they work really well in shallow drawers where tiered racks may be too tall.

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