Simplifying Life in The Kitchen: Simple Mason Spice Jars

Spice rack with logo

I love finding ways to simplify my life, but I especially love finding ways to simplify in the kitchen.  I’ll freely admit that I’m not a big fan of cooking, but the fact that my family needs to eat every day keeps me cooking away.  Other than using my “Meal Planning” tool, having a well ordered kitchen helps get dinner on the table quickly.

So when I find something that simplifies the meal-making process, I can’t be any happier.

In our current home, I have just a few bottom kitchen cabinets and then open shelving above the counter.  Since I didn’t want my spices disappearing in a bottom cabinet, I knew I would need to place them on the open shelving above the counter.

Now, while I am all about keeping things simple, I don’t think that means we have to forgo the aesthetics of our home.  I think we can still have purposeful things in our home and yet beauty to balance them out.

I honestly didn’t want to be looking at all my various sized spice jars and containers.  Some were in plastic bottles, others in boxes, and yet more in small Tupperware containers. That works fine for a closed cabinet, but with open shelving it just looks like a chaotic mess.

So when I stumbled on these Mason Jar Spice Lids, I knew I had found a solution to the jumbled mess of spice bottles that were lining my open shelves.  I love that the top piece pops up and locks in place, allowing you to shake out the amount of spice needed.  If you need a bit more, simply screw the top off and use a measuring spoon to easily access the contents.

Spice lid with logo

The best part about these lids?  They are made to fit a standard mouth Mason canning jar.  If you haven’t guessed already, I love Mason Jars! We use them for canning, drinking glasses, and to hold everything from dried goods to toothbrushes in the bathroom.  And now here is another great way to use something I already had on hand and would look really cool sitting on a shelf.

For my purposes, I used three sizes but my favorite size is the Mason 8 oz jelly jar.

Lid and jar w logoI then ordered self-laminating writable stickers to place on the spice jars.  What I love about these labels is that when I empty a jar I can easily wash it without losing the label and having to redo them over and over.

Other jars with logoThey are also great for labeling other things as well – such as my gallon glass jars that hold flour, sugar and brown sugar.

Now all my spices are lined up on the bottom shelf right above the stove.  When it’s time to make a meal or bake up some goodies, all I have to do is check the label and grab the spice I need right from the shelf.  And of course, there is no guessing when I’m running low because the amount of spice left is clearly visible.

There are so many reasons I love my new spice jars, including the fact that they look great and give a homey and pleasing look to my kitchen.  That’s a win-win in my book. 

If you want an all-in-one option – check out the Ball Herb Jars.  You get the jar and lids all in one.  I found it was a bit more expensive that way, but it is a tad more convenient.


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