Here I took two different size containers and used them to house those spice bottles. The round one is the hard cardboard type you buy at Wal-Mart in the craft section for $0.99. The other is the bottom part of a baby wipes container. I used a fabric paint marker to write the name of each spice on the lids rim so they are easy to see when I need them. No more hunting or turning the bottle to see what the label front product is.
I also take off the paper label completely. I find that when I use them while baking, they always get food from my hands on them. Now, I keep a damp cloth handy and just wipe them off as I return them to their storage case.
The round box takes up a bit more space but it's easy to turn around to read the lids caps for the ones I need. I labeled the box with the word "spices" and put inside it ones like lemon pepper, rib sauce, pepper, etc.
I used the other one for spices like cinnamon sugar, red sugar, etc. And I wrote "Sweet Spices" on it so I know which one to reach for when doing certain types of baking. I used permanent fabric markers to write the names of the spices, which are permanent and will not wash off.
The empty baby wipes containers are so useful for so many other uses as well. I use them after I have opened up a box of spaghetti and break up my spaghetti to fit, or things like dried beans, rice, etc. You can even place a plastic measuring spoon inside to keep there for easy measurement each time you reach for the food staples inside.
Use them to put your facial Kleenex inside. They pop up through the tops better than the cardboard box ones and they do not get crushed in your car or get wet because they are concealed. Use them for crayons, decorative craft scissors, dry cereal, etc. Most of the tops flip open when you use the tops, so you can easily add more of that same item when needed. They organize your pantry in such a helpful way.
When your spice bottles run empty and you buy new ones, just keep your already labeled lids to switch with the empty ones but do not toss out those empty ones. You'll now have a new empty bottle to use for storage of other items; like raisins, nuts, or croutons for taking to work in small amounts, buttons for crafts, etc. And use them for housing many items that come in messy bags after being opened.
By Geetha from Alpharetta
I keep them alphabetized for easy access. Prior to getting the spice rack, I had layered shelves in my cupboard that I used, still alphabetizing them. I have found that keeping them in order, is a huge time saver. No more hunting through many jars to find the one spice I need. It also cuts down on duplications!
It initially takes a little time to organize them (and discipline to return them to the right spot!), but it is a huge help to me in the kitchen. My kids think it's funny on occasion to mess with me, and they'll turn them all upside down, or swap a few to see how long it takes for me to notice! Ha!
Source: I was a secretary for 15 years, and alphabetizing is a part of life! I'm sure many people do this, but it's just something I came up with for my own use.
By Pam T from Storm Lake, IA
By hopeful from Salem, Oregon