I originally had the brilliant idea to ask some women at our church to save their baby food bottles for me so I could put my homemade baby food (frozen cubes) into them for when we were going to be out with the babe during a meal time. However I had to start thinking fast for other ways to use these wonderful glass jars when we started coming home each Sunday with grocery bags filled with them. It didn't take to many weeks of the bags laying around before I had the idea to use these to place my left over spices in. You know the spices that you try so hard to make fit into the spice jar but just don't make the cut.
You see all the leftovers used to be kept in their individual baggie from the bulk barn and stored in a large Tupperware that didn't have a lid because it wouldn't fit. This was just not working for me as I would always mange to buy more of a spice that I had buried deep down in the bottom of baggie mountain. So after removing all the labels from the baby food jars I simply filled them up with the left overs, labeled them with my kitchen sharpie and stored them in these aluminum dishes from the dollar store. The baby jars work great because you can see through which helps and they can be easily labeled and stored.
Now I don't know about the rest of you but my spice rack holds about 20 spices. Its a nice one and I love it, but not all the spices that I enjoy or use often can fit into the rack. So to fix this problem I created a portable spice container which is located at a convenient space right inside the cupboard.
May of these spices are used daily so they basket is great as I can take it in and out of the cupboard quickly and don't have to dig through all the other spices to get at it.
Any reusable container (lots of glass jars) have been washed out and made containers in my cupboards. I love it as it helps reduce all the plastic bag confusion in the cupboard.
This is the bean/lentil section of the cupboard and the picture below is the snack/ salad fixing part.
Other ideas for containers that I love to use are:
Any left over glass jar
Hot chocolate containers
Peanut containers (great for baking powder and soda since I buy these at bulk barn)
Peanut butter jars
Small plastic containers such as sour cream and yogurt
What are some things you find helpful to keep the cupboards tidy?