How does the saying go again? “Storage, storage everywhere but not a spot I can reach.” Or, something like that.
Kitchen storage is a precious commodity for just about everyone, but, especially for those of us with impaired mobility. We are limited to storage in the Goldilocks zone: not too high for us to reach, not too low for us to bend, not too deep for us to stretch, just right.
So, when I realized that I had no practical place left for items I use frequently like plastic wrap, parchment paper, and zip lock bags, I did an audit of my storage. What did I find? Spices, spices, and more spices.
My husband and I both enjoy cooking but it turns out that I had four drawers filled with spices. Four! That is 1/3 of the total number drawers in our kitchen. I know that there are lots of countertop spice racks out there, but, we *try* to keep the counters as clear as possible for cooking. So, I turned for solutions to, where else, Pinterest.
A few pins, and several detours to the depths of Pinterest later, I found my way to a guide for making Magnetic Spice Rack on Instructables. Inspired, I embarked on creating my own, with a few modifications. Okay, so actually I modified every single thing on the supply list.
My husband always gets a little worried when I announce a new fabulous idea for our home, “Ummm, is this going to be another project?” But, he didn’t have to worry too much about me dipping very deep into our bank account or turning our dining room into DIY central this time. I had just about everything on hand and it took almost no time at all.
Not the Do It Yourself type? You can buy a set of 12 magnetic tins with spice labels. I won’t tell anyone that you didn’t create it all on your own.
DIY Magnetic Spice Rack
***If you want to know where you can get these supplies jump down to my Supplies List Tips and Sources
- Make a list of your spices. Type corresponding labels. Alternatively, you can buy pre-made labels, or write directly on the containers with a fine-tipped permanent marker if you are brave. My attempt at this led me to learn How to Erase Permanent Marker, but maybe you will have better luck.
- Print labels. If necessary, cut labels to size and affix to the lid of your tin.
- Fill tins with spices. Depending on the size of your tin you may be able to pour the spices directly or you can use a funnel.
- Place magnets on the fridge or another magnetic surface like this stainless steel plate or a cookie sheet.
- Stick tins to magnets. That’s it, you’re done! No epoxy, if you get tired of this at some point you can always use the magnets for another project. A lot of other versions of this project involve gluing the magnets to the tins. In fact, I purchased epoxy for this project especially. There was no need, but I can’t speak for what will happen if you use large tins.
I mentioned my love of tea in my last blog entry, Tiny Homes Designed with Access in Mind. Whenever I am in Canada I always stock up on David’s Tea and I tend to get their sampler packs so that I can try lots of flavors at home. That is how I discovered and fell in love with their Organic Mother’s Little Helper tea. Anyway, I finally figured out a use for all of those cute empty tins.
Or, if you aren’t Canadian, or if like me, you like the convenience of ordering on Amazon, you can try Heavenly Tea Leaves Tea Sampler, but, I hope you don’t have as many spices as I do because if you do this is going to be one expensive DIY.
Not a tea drinker? Trying to get this project done ASAP? You can buy empty tins on Amazon.
You can likely find this sort of things at a local craft store. In the Portland, Oregon vicinity we have Craft Warehouse, but, I am sure they carry everything you need at Michaels or Jo-Anns (hint: grab a coupon from their sites before you check-out).
Break out the big guns and get industrial-strength ceramic magnets, these are holding up tins, not postcards so they need to be powerful.
Option 1: Buy pre-printed spice labels
Option 2: DIY. I went this route because I already had some label sheets laying around from making mailing addresses. Also, I knew they would fit my tins. Not to mention, I don’t think that those pre-printed labels are going to have berbere.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I have a mix of pre-packaged spices, spices in bulk, and spice blends that I have made. Lately, I have been purchasing spices in bulk-style through Thrive Market.
My three favorite spice blends:
Ras el Hanout
allspice, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, ginger, nutmeg, salt, turmeric
allspice, black pepper, cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, onion, paprika, salt
cumin, coriander, ginger, mustard seed, turmeric, red pepper flakes
Did you try this out? Comment and send me a picture! I’d love to see your finished project!