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9 Space-Saving Spice Storage Ideas

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Save space in your cabinets and keep your spices and herbs handy with one of these nifty ideas.

Door clips

A set of spice clips like these can be mounted on the inside of a cabinet door.  If adhesion is a problem, you might try attaching them with heavy duty mounting tape and use plastic containers, like those pictured, instead of heavier glass containers.

Spice clips

by Jonathan Wimmer

Wall mounted spice shelves

A classic, inexpensive option if you have wall space.


Adhesive spice shelves, in case you don’t want to drill into your walls:

These brilliant spice shelves were made from wire cooling racks purchased two for $1 at Dollar Tree.  Read the instructions for making them here.

Spice racks

The owner of this RV (who, incidentally, makes beautiful Baltic amber jewelry!) mounted a this spice rack  to a pantry wall.  A stainless steel version is available as well.

This spice rack comes in different widths and doesn’t require the purchase of any special spice containers.  Perhaps it could be mounted under a cabinet with shelf brackets if space inside the cabinet was limited?

Under cabinets

Speaking of mounting spices under cabinets, one RV owner added a piano hinge and hook-and-eye latch to a wooden box and mounted it under a cabinet.  You could make something similar with an unfinished wooden box, a latch and a chain support or ribbon to help it not fall open too far.

under cabinet spice box open

by Jean Prophett

under cabinet spice box closed

by Jean Prophett

A similar idea in this how-to video by Nifty on BuzzFeed uses an art supply box.

That weird space in your RV kitchen

A lot of RVs have a “hole” like this that is often wasted space, but one RV owner found it to be the perfect spot for spices.

spices in under cabinet hole

by Timothy Young

Magnetic spice containers

Magnetic spice containers can be stuck to a magnetic refrigerator or to a baking sheet mounted on a wall or to the bottom of a cabinet.  You could even spray paint an old stained baking sheet a pretty color.

If you don’t want to purchase fancy magnetic spice containers (which can get pricey for someone like me who has a LOT of spices), you can just glue magnets to the tops of spice containers you already have.  Empty baby food jars would also work great for this (although you might want to use stronger magnets since glass is heavier).  In my experience, this type of glue works the best for gluing the magnets to non-porous surfaces like metal and glass.

One RV owner mounted a baking sheet spice rack on an RV kitchen wall using removable Command strips.

Another magnetic option is to have a piece of stainless steel cut and mounted on the wall.  If you do this, make sure the stainless steel will hold a magnet–not all will.  Here is what I purchased for my stainless steel backsplash at my old house, pictured below.  For the containers, I used paint storage cups from Hobby Lobby, but I can’t recommend them as they were not made of food-grade plastic, and the one containing powdered cloves actually deteriorated over time due to the clove oil.  Scary!

Some additional comments about my old spice wall backsplash: I loved the convenience of having my spices right next to my stove, but they did lose their color and flavor over time from being exposed to direct sunlight (across from a window in clear containers) and right next to a heat source.  Also, the containers often got splattered with grease.

Here is how I currently have my spices stored in my RV.  The containers themselves are not magnetic; the wall is.  You can read about how I made it in my post called “How I Made the Ultimate Magnetic Spice Wall.”

Do you need some labels for your spice jars?  If so, check out my free printable spice labels!

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For now, you might enjoy reading my blog post about fruit and root vegetable storage ideas.

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