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Thread: Spice rack/organizer

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    I am on the hunt for a spice rack or organizer that will work for me. I have at least 40 spice containers in a variety of sizes. Right now, all the spices are on the bottom shelf of my kitchen cabinet. The cabinet is rather deep so I end up having to move spices around in order to find what I need. If I'm not real careful when reaching around the spices, some of the containers fall off the shelf onto the counter.

    I purchased an organizer I thought would work, but it was too tall. Raising the shelf above didn't work because I'm only 5' tall, and after raising the shelf, I couldn't reach the things on the upper shelf. I tried moving all the spices to the pantry, but it's so much more convenient having my spices on the cabinet shelf next to the stove.

    There is 7" from the bottom of the shelf to the shelf above it. That's all I have to work with. What kind of spice rack or organizer do you ladies use? Any suggestions?

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    I just use lazy susans.

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    Here are a couple that might work - the second one has been on TV lately.

    http://www.mysecretpantry.com/prodin...number=SP27000

    https://www.buyswivelstore.com/?mid=1246842

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    My husband installed a two tier rack that I can pull forward / down from the cabinet. It fit in the small cabinet above the stove - I actually have two of them.

    They were made by Rubbermaid. Here's the link ...

    http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/P...od_ID=RP091526

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    My big containers I have in the cabinet but the smaller ones are in a drawer

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    I have an over the door shelf on the inside of my pantry. It holds a lot of stuff. My pantry is quite small.. So this works, I really like the one they are advertising on TV now, it will be in the Walgreens soon, I'm sure and all the other places that carry "Seen on Tv." things.

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    I am also 5 feet tall and this drives me crazy too..I keep mine in exactly the same spot you do..right in the cabinet to the left of the stove..except I seem to accumulate so many that I have 2 shelves worth...I hate when I reach into the back and they all fall over, spilling stuff...one heavy fell down one and chipped my stove...so, this works for me..
    I put my spices into tins..like the square cookie tins..or a square or rectangular plastic container..one whose lid broke or something and I put them in there..this way I just slide out the whole box...and if something spills it stays in there..not all over the counter..helps for my kids too because when they cook things go flying..but at least they do cook...
    Best of all, it doesn't cost anything..the ones you buy..they wouldn't work for me because all my spice containers are different sizes...

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    Mine Are inside a pantry door in an over the door clear plastic shoe bag from Wally's World. It is new. I did It less than a year ago and I love it. Lotions, powders, nail care stuff like that are on another one on The bathroom door. Works great. In the bathroom I even used alphabet stickers to label different pockets for lotion, q tips, cotton balls, etc. It is fun, bright amd cheery and they are ALL easy to find and put away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    I just use lazy susans.
    ditto.... have had them since the 60's

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    Why not plastic shoe boxes? You could then put the lid on and stack if needed.

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    I have mine a plastic basket that sits in the cupboard. When I need one from the back, I can lift the entire basket down easily ad get what I need. Then I just lift them all back.

    I also have a lazy susan, but find much more will fit in the basket.

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    I also use the plastic show boxes to organize lots of those tiny items. They may be willy nilly in the box but at least they're confined and can't fall out and about when I open the cabinets. You can get really weird like myself, and put a label on the end so you know what's inside.

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    Katy, I am going to use your idea. As for spices I have them in a lower cabinet (I'm now 4'11") and just dig through them to find what I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    Katy, I am going to use your idea. As for spices I have them in a lower cabinet (I'm now 4'11") and just dig through them to find what I need.
    I am only 5'2" so what I don't use much is up high and at our height there should always be a step stool handy. You can fit more than one of lots of items in pockets so like items are sometimes together and I had a whole shelf free that had been crammed with stuff for years. I find it handy and space saving. Glad I could help. And unless you hate plastic I like see through. I have notions in a cloth one like it next to my sewing machine With lots of cutsie stuff pinned to it like pins from quilt shows and such but the plastic is better in the kitchen and bathroom I think.

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    My DH and I both love to cook and have a huge collection of spices. We also store ours in the upper cabinet to the left of the stove on two shelves. A few years ago I got frustrated trying to find paprika one night and decided to organize. First I separated my spices into two groups: Sweet and Savory. Then I bought two sets of long bleacher style organizers with three levels. I have a much easier time finding spices since they are divided into two groups that even DH can remember.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions! It looks like my best bet is to use a tin or plastic shoe box. Never thought of those items!

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