Organizing my Spice Rack with Adams Peanut Butter Jars
Ever notice how every SINGLE food blogger has a beautiful, organized, clean kitchen?
Only mine isn’t.
I’m cringing as I write this, but I am going to show you PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE.
I don’t live in a really nice house with a super fancy kitchen.
Nope… more along the lines of a rented double-wide with a seriously mis-designed kitchen. And… not to mention my complete lack of organizational skills.
Why would I do this?
Because I finally got my spice rack organized, and it is a big huge deal to me.
You see, my main grocery store has a super incredible bulk food section and I buy most of my spices there.
So naturally, I just end up with piles and piles of little plastic baggies of spices, usually more than what will fit in the little jar (if I even have a jar). That particular side of my stove is a huge major eyesore.
I’ll Show You Mine…
Wanna see it? This is so embarrassing… but hey, I bet it will make you feel better about YOUR spice rack!
Okay… 3. 2. 1. Here goes!
Awful, isn’t it!
This is like watching a trainwreck.
Yeah… I’m seriously blushing because I KNOW you are thinking “Holy cow Bethany, you are a nutcase!”
So anyway – here’s the deal. We go through a ton of peanut butter in our house, and I generally buy Adams brand. They come in these nice glass jars that are super duper handy for lots of different things. Except, they kinda tend to accumulate.
By the time I got to have one entire drawer full of them in my kitchen, I was trying to think of something I could use them for.
And THEN the miracle happened… I happened across this blog post from the Painted Hive pinned on Pinterest (picture belongs to Painted Hive)
What a gorgeous idea! I even tested my jars and they fit perfectly in my spice rack.
…Except I kept waiting for the money to splurge on some awesome clear labeling paper and it somehow never materialized.
Not only that, but even when I removed the labels from the jars, there was a ton of gummy residue left on that was realllly difficult to take off.
So I kept collecting the jars and then one day I was sitting in the kitchen so frustrated with my stupid lack-of-organization with my spices that I decided to just jury-rig it and do them Bethany-style.
Bethany-style means a little imperfect, pretty cheap, and very practical. Generally decent, not the most beautiful, but good enough.
And this is what I came up with!
Bethany-Style Labeled Spice Jars
The labels are just simple labels, printed onto regular old computer paper (three to a sheet), and I used a glue stick to glue the labels.
They do the job – nice and even looking, clear to read and easily replaceable.
I just figured out how many jars I could fit (16), made a list of my top 16 spices, and the rest went into a cupboard in a box.
The only problem is that colorful spices DO get the labels stained. Oh, and when I was designing the labels I tried to anticipate the margins but calculated them wrong so the middle label is a little shorter.
I compensated for that when I cut them apart, but the end result is that the printing is misaligned. Again… Bethany-style
Download the Files
So – I figured I’d put them up here just in case anybody wanted to do something similar with THEIR Adams peanut butter jars, so here’s a zip file with all the labels that I made.
I also included a link with the original (editable) file in case you wanted to modify it – I used GIMP so it’s an XCF file.
Enjoy! And don’t laugh at me TOO much
So – do YOU have a messy spot in your kitchen? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!
Seriously… comment and tell me about it. Let’s co-miserate, shall we?
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