Dollar Store Spice Organization and Printable Labels

If you ever visit our house for a random summer cookout or Friday night hangout or whatever kind of shindig we usually have happening around here, you might think we are super duper hyper organized. Oh contraire, friend.

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We might ask you to hang your jackets on the hallway hooks because you do not want to open any coat closets around here. You might be greeted with an avalanche. If we shove stuff behind closed doors, the clutter doesn’t exist, right? That’s what I tell myself.

Okay, it’s not that bad. But we’re definitely far from perfect. After all of the kitchen projects lately, the insides of our cabinets needed some lovin’.

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Our spice cabinet was so lack luster, I couldn’t even manage a non-fuzzy before shot. I hit up the dollar store pretty much any time I get in the mood to organize, so I snagged a 24 count box of glass spice jars and started purging the crazy cabinet.

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I ran the jars through the dishwasher first and then discovered the plastic tops apparently had silver paint on them before because they came out completely black afterwards. Oops. Well, they were a dollar.

I put a little uncooked rice in the bottles to dry out any leftover moisture before filling them with spices.

For the labels, I made some simple printables and placed them right over top of where the dollar store stickers were. You can download them yourself here if you’d like a set too:

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After clearing out a junk drawer that was long overdue for a cleaning (hey, I warned you… far from perfect), I extended a couple of tension rods to use as separators.

Dollar Store Spice Organization and Printable Labels | blesserhouse.com - How to organize a spice drawer with items from the dollar store.

Dollar Store Spice Organization and Printable Labels | blesserhouse.com - How to organize a spice drawer with items from the dollar store.

Then filled ’em on up with the spices after going through all of the random bottles crammed into the spice cabinet.

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I spaced out all of the new spice jars on the tension rods in a drawer right next to the stove, so I can grab whatever I need in a hurry while I’m cooking.

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And I put in all of my measuring cups and spoons to make things easy too.

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I still left some of the items in the spice cabinet like the salt canister and baking extracts and seasoning packets, but the spice bottle chaos is finally gone.

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I never knew a spice drawer could make me this happy! Maybe I could get started on that coat closet, but eh… I still have until fall to worry about that though, right?

Do you have any great dollar store organizing tricks? Or any other ways to keep a kitchen running smoothly?

If you’re feeling in the organizing mood, you can check out a few other spaces I’ve tackled too:

 How to Organize a Craft Closet Like a RockstarDollar Store Spice Organization and Printable Labels | blesserhouse.com - How to organize a spice drawer with items from the dollar store.

The Most Frugal Way to Organize a Pantry

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36 Comments

  1. Love the tension bars, I was about to make them out of wood, but you saved me the time and headache of doing that! Thanks.

  2. I did this. i had 2 problems the rods pushed out on the sides of my drawer and made them hard to close then they wouldn’t stay up under the weight of the jars. i had to put a piece of wood underneath to support them. Works great now thanks for the idea😀

  3. Shame on me but I am just finishing up making a set of these for my adult daughters for Christmas. Where is the blank sheet in the file? I am only getting three sheets of spices in my download. Thank you, Lauren! These have turned out so cute!!

  4. My mom gave me a tip that I really appreciate. She said to write the date you bought the spice on the bottom with a permanent marker. Not all spices have expiration dates and you’d be surprised how long some of those jars have been a member of your family! How horrible to ruin an entire recipe from half a teaspoon of such and such!

  5. I love the tension rod idea and I have seen many uses of them in other blogs. However, I find that they are expensive if you need 20 or so. Any idea how to do it cheaper?

  6. Hi Lauren, So what I have found out is Dollar Tree warehouse no longer carries the spice jars but after calling 10 stores I was able to find what I need. The lids on my jars have black flip tops with silver bands. I am going to decorate the bands with washi tape. So excited to do this as I am having new kitchen cabinets installed next week! Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  7. Hi Lau,

    Thank you so much for wonderful idea and ideas. My question to you is does the side of the drawers can get loosen/damage with the tension rods? Because I had a a drawer devider with tension rods from Container Stores to divide undergarments in the drawer chest, and the drawer got damaged due to the tension rods/expandable divider.

    1. Ooh that’s a good question! So far, we haven’t had any issues, but I can imagine that might be a problem with older, not-so-sturdy cabinets and drawers. Thanks for bringing that up.

  8. How did you attach the labels to the jars? Can you make custom names for spices that are not included in the printable?
    Just found you and am falling everywhere! Thanks.

    1. I used sticker labels from Staples that I just ran off through my printer. I linked them if you need the source. And there’s a blank sheet in the printable so that you can add your own if some of the names of your spices aren’t included. You can add text to them by uploading the file into Picmonkey.com. Thanks so much for the love!

  9. Well, you inspired me! Other than a small rack on my counter, all of my different ages/sizes/tins and bottles of spices were jumbled in a cardboard box in my closet. Whenever I needed a spice I just rummaged through, or worse, just bought more.
    I bought 2 sets of spice bottles with labels on Amazon and set aside an afternoon to organize. I wish I could add a photo to show you my spice drawer now! Mine is a pull out drawer under the counter so I put the labels on the lid of the bottles- easier for me to read from above and also solved the problem some had where the spice name was printed on a clear label and was hard for them to read when attached to the body of the jar. Also, my jars were delivered in foam packaging that kept them upright & separated for shipping, I kept that thin bottom foam and the spice bottles are seated in that which keeps them from sliding around in the drawer. I am just Sooo pleased!
    A secondary benefit is that I put my neat spice jars in the drawer that used to hold assorted cloth napkins- then next day I washed all my napkins, popped a movie in the DVD and ironed them all- now they are In a drawer in my side board- beautiful, organized, and ready to use!
    I really love your posts, thank you for all you decorating tips and inspiration!

    1. That sounds amazing, Shelley! I am SO glad this gave you some motivation!!! Enjoy your new spice drawer. 🙂 It really is incredible how a little organizing can give us so much clarity.

  10. Great job and the tension rods are a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing with us. My spice cabinet looks like yours did, I need to get to work on mind!

  11. I love this. I do not have any wide drawers. My cabinets are small and few! But I think this is the best idea to organize the spices I’ve seen. You are a top notch organizer plus decorator!! Great tip I shall adapt some way!!!

    1. Aw thank you, Gwen! I think something similar is still do-able with smaller drawers and cabinets. I hit up the dollar store all the time when I feel the need to organize. It’s crazy how expensive it can be sometimes.

  12. I also think it’s a good thing the silver paint came off. It seems like that paint could have gotten in your food and who knows what chemicals are in that stuff? Good Job, Sweetie! Now, come do mine! 🙂

    1. I know! I thought the same thing. Blech! Little paint flakes could have ended up in our food. Say the word and I’ll come do yours. I have plenty of label sheets left if you want them. 🙂 Love you!

  13. Love this! I was just thinking last night that I wanted to switch our spices to glass jars. What great timing for this post! 🙂 Looking forward to organizing now.

  14. Love your tips and tricks for organizing the spices! And like Tiffani, I would so be looking at the spice drawer several times through the day, amazed at how super organized it looks! It might even encourage me to whip up a gourmet meal! Thanks for posting Lauren!

    1. Haha! Like I told her, I just keep peeking in at that drawer to stare at it. Maybe it’ll actually stay this organized for a while. Hopefully, anyway. 🙂

  15. Lauren, its fantastic! The tension rods are genius, and to be honest, I love the harmony of the black lids with the dark hardware when the drawer is open, so I think that worked in your favor! (I’m OCD like that….) You are so clever. Great job.

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I’m glad the dishwasher removed that silver paint from those lids. They probably would have started looking pretty cruddy over time with that paint rubbing off anyway. Why didn’t they just make them black in the first place?!

  16. Your “before” is almost identical to what I face each time I cook, right down to the lazy Susan! And tension rods! What an ingenious way to corral all those bottles and keep the spice drawer neat. Great job!

    1. Thanks, Trudy! I got soooo sick of digging through that cabinet searching for what I needed every time I cooked dinner. Finally had enough! That lazy Susan didn’t help one bit.

  17. Love it! That is one of those ones that you keep going in the kitchen and opening the drawer to look at it! (maybe that’s just me….hee hee)

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