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I suck at this! I have a tendency to buy bags and go to the bulk store to get my spices and wow! My hubbie uses a lot of cayanne like buys it in a Costco size bottle that bottle he's refilled so many times and well it's not the same size as the smaller less used spices. I too have a 2 shelf system, but it's not organized at all. I was drooling over the picture of the drawer.


I have 1 wooden 3 shelf spice rack, 2 clear plastic shoe boxes, and we have a pull-out drawer/cabinet next to the stove top on the island. 1 shoe box is baking spices, the other is miscellaneous, the rack is spices I use weekly, the pull-out is the salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. that hubby uses weekly. Plus Costco size larger containers. It's not perfect, but it works. I'm going to try to re-organize all the cabinets this summer. Got the 2 door tupperware(angled by fridge & a useless size) cabinet and the 3 shelf bowl cabinet plus the big bread bowls on top of the fridge taken care of today. :-) Those cabinet interiors cleaned & the doors washed off, & reorganized. I bought new glass snaptop containers, and wanted a place to put them (in order). After emptying the messy plastics out I was surprised at how few mis-matched tupperware containers I had. Most had lids. Just 3 bowls that are orphans. But I had a bunch of extra lids that apparently the bottoms were destroyed, lost or left somewhere else. Oh, well, I'm happy those 2 cabinets are done. If I do 2 or 3 a week I'll be happy. (My main summer goal has been to pitch stuff we don't use & organize what's left. However, summer's going past pretty quickly.)


Okay, way back in 1992 I splurged on a Tupperware spice carousel and I have NEVER regretted it. Still have it. Picture at link below:


You can get the small or the large size spice containers - I only use 4 of the large ones (salt, pepper, baking soda, and something else). What I love about the containers is that you can fit a teaspoon measure into the openings. Also, it takes me about 2 seconds to find any particular spice. AND this takes up minimal space on my pantry shelf. AND it is still going strong after 24 years (although I might splurge on new lids, just to have a change of color).


Really good deal on used ones at Ebay:



I put the bottles on lazy Susan's inside my kitchen cabinet. It is a double so they all fit nicely. But then I don't cook or bake regularly either.


I use two of these stacked (more than one stacks together): https://www.amazon.com/KitchenArt-Auto%C2%ADmeasure-Carousel-without-Spices/dp/B00004VWIP/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&qid=1469803573&sr=8-22&keywords=spinning+spice+rack

I like it because there's also a measuring dial in 1/4 teaspoon increments. And then I keep the larger packages in the back of a cabinet, and refill as needed. Really convenient for me as I'm cooking. Note: there's a warning not to put cloves/ground cloves in there (I guess it reacts to the plastic or something). It comes with stickers, so you can put in spices you use most.


I used to use a lazy Susan in my cabinet, but bottles kept tipping over. I now have two of these fantastic units with shelves that hold most bottles and they have a great pull-out-and-tilt format that makes them easy to find. It is definitely utilitarian rather than pretty, but I love the way these work. My actual units are wider than these and white plastic - I bought them on Zulily.


I like that tilt down spice drawer thing that someone linked to!

I have always had my spices on two turntables- on two shelves. And they are pretty much alphabetical, A-M on bottom shelf, N-Z on top. It's like this, but no rubber, and way older. I have my box of toothpicks, baking chocolate on top of one of the turntables.



I also meant to add I have another separate cabinet with the tall/big spice containers like pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, paprika. So now that I think about it, mine probably isn't much more organized than yours is now, but it works, haha!

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