Are your kitchen baking and spice cabinets a mess? Today, I’m sharing a few baking and spice cabinet organization tips for the January Pinterest Challenge!
In case you’re new to the blog, the purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month’s challenge is about organization and storage, so I chose to share some of the ideas from this small RV pantry organization pin.Save space by using a spice filing system and vertical modular storage.
Baking and Spice Cabinet Organization Tips
Baking and Spice Cabinet 2014
Six years ago, I reorganized my baking and spice cabinet using items I already had on hand. This is what it looked like after I reorganized in 2014…
I had spice bottles on an expandable step rack and kept mini spice bottles in a large plastic container. The upper shelves held chocolate chips, extracts, and other baking items. Everything was grouped together and I used containers I already owned, so this didn’t cost me a thing!
Baking and Spice Cabinet 2019
Fast forward to the end of 2019 and this is a ‘before’ image of my cabinets…
Overall, I still had all my spices grouped to the bottom shelf, but they were creeping into the second shelf. It also became a pain to find what I needed. The spices did not have a set placement order, so I would have to shift the bottles around and would end up knocking the bottles out of the cabinet. Because of this, I made sure to not have anything below my cabinets when I was rummaging through the spices. I mean, nobody wants a spice bottle in their batter, right?
The upper shelves also became a problem. There were too many things hidden behind each other and became a huge issue as I would end up buying multiples of things I already had.
2020 Baking and Spice Cabinet Organization
This is what my baking and spice cabinet looks like in 2020! So much more organized and I can easily find what I’m looking for without knocking things out of the cabinet!
So, how did I accomplish this new organized cabinet? Well, again, I was inspired by this pin –>> 10 Tips for Small Pantry Organization. The thing that initially inspired me from this pin were the spices stored in cute mason jar bags. I liked how the bags were upright and alphabetized, which saved space and made finding spices easy.
Create a spice filing system
I loved the look, but this was a FAIL! I would NOT recommend using these mason jar bags because these are not durable at all. For some reason, the resealable zipper would detach from the sides of the bag and make the bags unusable. Very disappointing.
Since I really loved the idea of having my spices in bags and alphabetized, I searched for an alternative bag and found reseable food grade bags as a replacement for the mason jar bags. These are durable, cheaper, and meant for food storage…win! They aren’t as cute, but these work so much better and I’ll be transferring all the mason jar bag spices into the silver food bags (hubby already broke 2 of the mason jar bags).
Here’s what the spice bags look like in their new storage bags and divided plastic storage bin (helps kept the bags upright). I love the new file system, which makes finding spices so much easier and saves a ton of space. I was able to get the entire lower shelf condensed into half!
A few spices that I use a lot were kept in their original bottles and grouped with other miscellaneous spices in an undivided plastic bin.
Use Stackable Modular Storage
For the other half of the lower shelf and middle shelf, I decided to use affordable plastic storage containers from Target (Made by Design). These containers made it easy to stack and made use of vertical space. The small containers were the perfect size to house things like baking soda, baking powder, and food colors. The medium containers were great for various extract bottles, chocolate chips, gelatin packets, cocoa powder, and kosher salt. The large container was good for various bags of candy melts and Jell-O boxes.
Note: Flour, brown sugar, and sugar are kept in larger containers in a pantry.
Here’s what a before and after of the baking and spice cabinet looks like. Using a spice filing system and changing to a cube stacking system, I’m able to clearly find my items without everything falling out of the cabinet. Yay!
Bottoms shelf: spices, salts, baking powder, and baking soda.
Second shelf: extracts, cocoa powder, Dream Whip, custard powder, food coloring, food gels, gelatin, Jell-O, evaporated milk, condensed milk, and chocolate chips.
Third shelf: Cake mixes, pie fillings, cranberry sauce, macadamia nuts, meringue powder, and ice mixes.
Fourth/Top shelf: Cupcake liners, cupcake toppers, sprinkles, and push pop molds.
If you want to create a spice filing system and make use of vertical cabinet space, here are the items I used.
For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓
Now, let’s see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓
I’ve always thougt those mason jar bags were cute, but good to know they don’t really hold up. Your cabinet looks awesome
Thanks, it’s been a few months and the cabinet is still organized…yay! I loved the look of the mason jar bags too, but so disappointing that the zippers break so easily 🙁
your after looks awesome!
Well I’ll be…. So grateful to have found your post today. This is exactly what i needed to see/read. we have a pantry door that is as cluttered as can be! any and all attempts we’ve made to declutter and fix the mess simply didn’t go as anticipated. 😀
i really love your ideas and will be looking into these products you’ve mentioned. thanks so much for this post! it’s brilliant. what you’ve done makes life so much simpler and i am 100% in favor of that!
blessings to you! thanks again!
Those bags! I want them 🙂
our spice cabinet is a mess. it’s such a pain to sort through the bottles to find what i want and NOW that my husband has discovered a bulk store, we have a lot of product in paper bags as well. Thanks for the Inspiration!
It is funny how all the spices and baking paraphernalia get so muddled. These are all great solutions.
Wow! Looks very neat and organized. I was knocking my spices out of the cabinet and all over the kitchen, too. Finally decided to put them in a drawer. They are in their containers in ABC order so they are easy to find. This system has worked well for me. Hope you find your bag system to work well for you.
Ok, this made me a little jealous! I guess I will have to start reorganizing! Pinned.
That stinks about the mason jar bags because they are so cute. That’s a great idea to put the spices in bags and label them. Your cupboards look so good. My baking cupboard is a mess.
Wow, it is nicely organized! Mine, well not so much. I will be using these ideas. I know there are spices that I don’t even know I have because mine is a mess.
Using reusable bags is a great idea. It’s great to have everything you might need with easy access.
Nice! I really need to organize my baking cabinet! I like how you put all the extracts in the same place! I am always hunting through all my stuff for what I need.
Yes, going vertical and containing them in a container helped save so much space! I love it.
Finding the right spice is a pain. I have two separate spaces for my spices and neither of them are organized very well.
My spices were creeping up the the second shelf, so I really needed to do this. So much easier to find what I need now.
That looks so pretty; and organized! Pinned.
Your cabinets look so nice and organized. I saw those mason jar bags and thought how cute. So glad you warned us about those. I marked them off of my want list.
I thought the mason jar bags were so cute too, but it was a terrible waste of money. The food bags aren’t as cute, but it does the job.