Kitchen Find | DIY Spice Rack for more Cabinet Space

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*republished from 2012

For years I’ve been collecting McCormick spices. As of this moment, I have around 50 spice bottles and I truly use every single one of them. The problem is I can never find the right one in the exact moment that I need it.

Just this week I was cooking dinner and quickly needed to find my bottle of ground ginger. I opened up those cabinet doors you see below and was greeted with a mass of red lidded bottles. They were stacked, they were falling over, hidden among cookie toppers and I literally had to pull every single bottle out just to find the one little jar I needed.

A regular spice rack just isn’t an option for me because my counter space is completely full and I didn’t want to screw holes into my cabinets. Fortunately, there’s a really great and easy to use alternative for spice hoarders like myself.

This do-it-yourself spice rack can be placed just about anywhere, even on the exterior of cabinets for easy access. All you need is some plastic spice bottle organizers that I found on Amazon.

do it yourself spice rack

Each plastic strip holds 4 bottles and gives you the option to stick it to the surface or screw it in for something a little more permanent. The bottles just snap right into the hooks for easy access.

external spice rack organizer

Do It Yourself

The plastic spice bottle organizers are only $9.95 for a pack of 3 (holds 12 jars) with free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

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  1. I have the same issue LOL so many spices and so little space, I can never find anything. This is a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  2. You should see my mess! I have been wanting to do something like this for a long time, but the cabinets I have now are so shallow that I can’t pull it off yet. :(

  3. This is seriously so smart! I go through my spices every couple months to organize only to have them get messy and start falling out just a week later. :( I wonder how well this would work hooked into the inside of a cupboard?

    • That’s exactly what was happening to me and I’d get so frustrated in a hurry trying to find the right bottle. I think you could do it on the inside so long as you leave space for the shelf.

  4. I love this!! I also have a million spices and the little ones are always falling!
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    • They do always fall over and mine get hidden the back. This is so much easier to grab and go. I may even alphabetize them lol

  5. great idea! I have all of my spices stacked and jumpled in two small spaces, it’s a pain digging through them all the time!

  6. Holy moly! I need some of those! so easy and soooo organized. Thanks, Cat.

  7. Okay, that is pretty incredible!
    And something we can use in our household, too. Lol

  8. Cristina says:

    I bought these myself a few months ago before I saw your post and I love having the spices up and tucked inside my cabinet doors. My one complaint is that they do not stay stuck the wall after time goes on. Mine started unsticking at about 6 months. But screwing them to the wood itself is the obvious solution.

  9. Rebecca Orr says:

    I need to do this! I don’t have as many as you do Cat, but enough that it would help clear some cupboard space and make everything a lot easier!

  10. Jessica says:

    I clicked on that link and Amazon doesn’t have them in stock anymore. :-( Do you know where else these could be found??

  11. Jessenya says:

    I just ordered 2 sets of these! I’ll probably need more but this is a start :) Now to find something to do with the huge containers of seasonings I’ve purchased lol.

  12. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Brilliant. We just bought a very small home. The first thing was to completely re-do the kitchen. I think we have made the best possible use of every square inch….but it is still small. My spice cabinet looks exactly like what you describe–everything comes out to find any one single thing. I’ve been searching for an idea that did not use counter-space or large wall area. This may be the trick. I didn’t even know these spice bottle holders existed.

  13. Such a great idea. I have an entire cupboard above my stove filled with spices. I need some type of organization to find what I need or use most, love this.

  14. I’m pretty sure I have about 50 spice containers as well and I can never find anything I need. I’ve never seen these spice bottle organizers before. Such a great idea! :)

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