I hate being inefficient, but this is especially true in my kitchen. In our old apartment the kitchen was tiny and only had two feet of counter space. 2 feet! It was hard to work in, but we definitely made the best use of our minimal space. Now that we have a much bigger kitchen we are actually having the opposite problem. Because we have enough room for lots of stuff, we ended up having lots of stuff. And none of it is very efficiently organized.
So I decided I would start tackling the kitchen problem.
I started with our spices. They were in mismatched bottles on a shelf in our pantry. They took up a lot of room. It wasn’t easy to find the spices we were looking for. Some spices had shaker-tops and some required a measuring spoon. It was all a bit chaotic, so I cleaned it up!
Now they are all in the same type of tin, and they’re all easily accessible just inside of the cabinet door!
I didn’t take pictures of the process because it’s ridiculously simple. If you want to make your own magnetic spice rack, here’s what you need:
- magnetic spice tins
- a sheet of tin (most hardware stores will have this)
- paper for decorating
- Mod Podge
- labels for the tins
I found my spice tins at The Container Store. They were already magnetic, and they are designed for spices; the lids have four little holes for shaking out spices, or you can pour them out into a measuring spoon from the big hole. You can also twist the lid backwards so the hole on the tin doesn’t align with either hole in the lid and nothing can come out.
You can also turn any regular old tin into a magnetic tin really easily by gluing some magnets onto the bottom of the tin. You can find neodymium magnets at most craft stores or hardware stores and those will work fine.
Start with your sheet of tin. I found mine in the air conditioning/cooling section of our local hardware store and it was already mostly the right size, so I didn’t need to cut it down.
Pick out some fun paper and Mod Podge the paper onto your tin. I used two different papers, one as a basic background and one to make little lines where the cupboard shelves hit the door so I knew not to put spice tins there.
Wait for the Mod Podge to dry COMPLETELY before attaching your tins. I made the mistake of testing out my tins too soon and when I picked them back up after a day or so they pulled a bit of the paper off with them
I printed out the names of the spices on a sheet of clear labels and fixed the labels to the lids of the spice tins. Then I filled them up with spices from the bottles and they were ready to go!
We drilled pilot holes in the corner of the sheet of tin and attached it to the back of the cabinet door with a few screws. (Yes, you can just drill through tin with a regular electric drill and a regular drill bit. We went back and forth over whether we needed something crazy, high-powered, and diamond tipped, but you definitely don’t!) We had actually bought some spray glue to use on the back as well, but totally forgot to spray it on before screwing the screws in. Oops! It seems to be staying on just fine even without the glue.
Once the sheet of tin was up on the door I just stuck our spice tins to it (it was dry this time!) and now we have totally organized, totally accessible spices! Awesome!
See the blue paper marking where the shelf in the cabinet hits?
I love how these spices are organized: they’re neat and orderly and it freed up a ton of cabinet space! Plus these tins make it so easy to use the spices. We can shake some spices out, pour them out, or just remove the entire lid to get at bigger things like bay leaves. Yes!
What’s your favorite (or least favorite) part of your kitchen? What other cool organizational ideas do you have for your kitchen? Remember the awesome pot lid holder I installed above our stove? That thing is still the best!
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