Baking and Spice Cabinet

LAST UPDATED: May 24, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Nov 13, 2012 | By:
Tips to maximize space and organize your baking and spice cabinet with free printable labels.
organized spice cabinet and baking pantry
As we prepare to get a new backsplash, countertops and appliances in our kitchen, I wanted to do one of the most important steps to making the kitchen feel new and functional.  ORGANIZE!  Waste not, want not, right?  That’s my theory behind retaining our current kitchen cabinets.  Sure, we could always add more storage, but as you’ll see here with these simple kitchen organization tips, we probably don’t even need it! {this post has been updated with kitchen-in-progress photos below!}
An open spice cabinet
This before photo is more of a during-we’ve already painted the exterior of the cabinets and added new hardware.
An open spice cabinet
But, those cabinets?  A mess!  I was inspired by this pretty pantry, but knew I could do it even cheaper.  I started by pulling out the contents.  Guess what?  4 jars of parsley, 2 rosemary, 3 salts and several spices I don’t even use.  Who knew?  I couldn’t believe I had been so wasteful and unorganized! No wonder my spice cabinet was such a mess.
Next, I painted the interior of the cabinets to create a bright, blank canvas, one that will allow me to easily spot anything I need.
I divided the items between baking ingredients and cooking spices.  I inventoried each so I knew what labels to make.
A journal with ingredients in it
To make this an easy and inexpensive project, I dumped spices I didn’t use so I could utilize jars I already owned {from a spice kit years ago} and reutilized them by putting those in plastic and metal containers in them, labeling as I went.
Free printable baking pantry labels
Always looking to repurpose to save the planet and a dime, I removed the label from my vanilla with my favorite adhesive remover.  Life saver.
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You wouldn’t believe how nice it is to have it uniform!
Pretty Pantry DIY with free printable labels via
Baking and Spice Pantry DIY with free printable labels via
spice cabinet ideas
Using 3M hooks {as to not damage the cabinet fronts}, I hung the everyday baking attachments for my KitchenAid mixer to not only make them easily accessible, but save space as well.
command hooks for spice cabinet and baking pantry
Measuring spoons in your spice cabinet add a lot of convenience as well.
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Oh how I’m anxious to eliminate those blue stripes!  As you can see, this cabinet is significantly more functional now for both my baking and cooking {stove top is just to the right and mixer is just to the left} and I will never miss all of the spices that I haven’t touched in the last 5 years! Our new spice cabinet is functional and beautiful.
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$3 each for the baking soda/powder jars, $3 total for spice jars for baking ingredients – $9!
The 3M hooks were repurposed from last Christmas’ magnolia garland.  Oh yes, and the labels – full sticker sheets that can be cut to size.  I always have some on hand.  While the painting took a considerable amount of time, organizing, labeling, combining, etc only took a half hour!  A great investment!
free printable spice labels via
I wouldn’t leave you without the free printable baking pantry and spice jar labels, just click the links to download! Click here for more tips and simple solutions to get organized! Below are updated photos with the kitchen in progress. She’s coming along nicely, don’t you think?
adding additional storage in your kitchen using command hooks in your cabinets
kitchen storage tips using command hooks to maximize space in a cabinet
baking pantry and spice cabinet


{sources: flour/sugar jars, Boos board, 3M hooks, sticker sheets, similar spice jars, Kitchen-Aid stand mixer}

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