I reached out to our blogging friend Amber for organizational advice, as she is a master Do-It-Yourselfer and graphic wizard. She agreed to share a few projects she’s been working on in her kitchen. You can also see them at her blog, myaimistrue . Apparently, she’s received a few comments from herb fanatics claiming that the herbs will be ruined, but whatever, it looks darn good! If you are nervous about high flames in close proximity, try buying a magnetic bar at The Container store and put them in a line out of harm’s way. Oh, and in the spirit of full blog ethics disclosure (as I go along, I am learning that bloggers have much higher standards than most major print publications), Amber will receive a gift certificate to Design Public for helping out. Thanks so much Amber! BeckyDIY: Magnetic Spice Rack Another easy little DIY project that anyone could do. I hate hate HATED my spice cabinet. I always forgot what was there, plus it was up high and I couldn’t see anything. After seeing a magnetic spice rack like this one, I knew I wanted to do something similar, but I would need more tins and didn’t want to take up any counter space. Plus I could do it myself cheaper. I picked up some watchmaker’s tins from Lee Valley Tools and used some of my leftover super strong magnets from my magnetic poster wall, plus the trusty hot glue gun, and in minutes I had a really cool solution to my problem. Plus they are right there on the stove when I need them. I was able to free up enough cabinet space to make a cabinet dedicated to baking supplies (yay!) and now I have a really colorful and beautiful spice rack. And since I know someone will ask, I just jotted the names of the spices on the back with a fine point permanent marker. That way my cinnamon won’t get mixed up with my cloves. I made chili last night and it was great to have them right in front of me and not have to knock bottles down on my head trying to reach them in a high cabinet. Edited to add: Since I got literally about forty comments on a LJ community where I crossposted this telling me everything from "destroying spices is not a trivial issue" to "you’ll light yourself on fire, there’s a reason oven controls are on the front of the stove" I figured I would say, yes, I have been made aware of these issues and am thinking I might move them to a magnetic panel on the wall. ========================= Pantry Organization My brother gave me a $75 gift certificate to the Container Store for xmas. Here’s what I bought! This totaled a bit more than $75 but I feel was really worth it. There are three sizes of container here, the two large 8x8x4 ones on the bottom, four 8x4x4 long ones stacked on top, and eight 4x4x4 smaller containers. So I actually have more room behind each of the small ones. I am amazed at how much room this gave me! I wish I’d bought a few more for the bagged stuff on the left, but they don’t fit well in that cabinet. I’m thinking I might move some of that into one of my cabinets with doors and put dishes or something pretty there since those bags are on display (that cabinet doesn’t have a door). The dismal BEFORE picture: Now I just have to figure out what to do with the last pantry cabinet below that one. It has dog stuff, potatoes, onions, and more baking stuff.