You know how sometimes you just need a change in a spot in your home? That’s how I felt about our spice drawer. I know it’s a small space, but I believe that it’s the little spaces in the home that adds up to create an overall impact and feel.
I had previously decanted our spices into matching bottles and used black chalk labels. (You can actually see how I put it together on my Instagram story highlights under “Organizing 1.”) Here’s what it looked like :
Nothing wrong with it at all, and it had a great run! But I wanted a change for the sake of change and decided to update the drawer with new labels. I had seen these spice jar labels on Etsy a couple of years ago, and decided to get them and went forward with switching them out. If you saw me do this last year on Instagram, you probably remember.
But I ran into two problems :
- The labels were just a bit too wide for the jars. I should have measured, but I didn’t.
- The labels were the pre-package of 60 or so, which didn’t include many spices and seasonings I use (like Everything But The Bagel.) I should have ordered the custom labels that included a list of all the spices I use, but I didn’t.
So I ended up keeping the chalkboard labels on the spices I didn’t have a new label for. And all the new labels kept peeling off the sides because they were too big. This created a spice drawer that looked hodgepodge over time.
I went back on the Etsy shop to order the custom labels BUT THEN! I saw that they updated their products to include new sizes and widths. So that meant I could get a narrower label that fit much better (see above, where I started to switch them out, and you can see the difference.
When I ordered this new set of labels, I also made sure to write down all of the spices I had (and maybe had at one time but didn’t then) and ordered a custom set using the list. This was something I wish I did with the first set, and it turned out to not take much time.
Here’s the updated drawer!
Do you NEED matching, decanted spice jars? No. Does it make your kitchen feel more put together and cooking a little more enjoyable? YES 🙂 I think it’s worthwhile to invest just a little bit of money and less than an hour of your time to spruce up a small little area like this in your home. Especially now during these COVID times and the fall/holiday season here with likely more cooking and baking. I’m glad I did it, it makes me happy every time I open this drawer!
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