Squeezing a Little More into the Cabinets

Squeezing a Little More into the Cabinets

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I’m betting that your spice cabinet looks a little something like mine above. Various sizes of containers, all related to how much you use of a particular spice. Black pepper? The jumbo size from Sam’s club. White pepper? A 99cent tiny shaker from Walmart. No matter how you stack them some always get lost in the back of the cabinet.

I realized I needed a better solution the other day when searching for celery seed to add to my Corn Dog Sushi recipe. I was using it on the outside of the roll to simulate the sesame seeds you might see in traditional sushi rolls. I must have emptied 70% of the shelves before I located it. This is typical when it is a rarely-used spice; I don’t have that same issue when looking for garlic salt!

Coincidentally I was offered the opportunity of trying out an inexpensive spice “clip strip” from Bellemain. The idea is pretty straightforward, it is a strip of plastic gripper ‘hooks’ that grab the spice bottles and suspends them anywhere you stick the clip.

Bellemain Spice Clips - ProductThe package comes with three strips of 4 clips which can be cut into individual clips if necessary. For my application I elected to leave them in sets of four. Installation is a breeze. You simply remove the tape backing, make sure you are level (and in my case planning ahead so the spice bottles don’t hit the shelving when the door is closed) and press it to apply.

Bellemain Spice Clips - Checking LevelThe clips accommodate various sizes of bottles and the adhesive feels like it will hold a bit of weight:  more than enough for a couple spices.

Who knew a few spice clips could make such a difference?! - SahmReviews.com.

By putting the rarely-used varieties on the door (thus the smaller ones), this cleared up plenty of space to rearrange the rest of the cabinet. No longer do I have to stack the spices, they are all easily attainable.

From chaos to organized with just a few Bellemain Spice Clips! - SahmReviews.com

I should note that I do have a concern about the longevity of the plastic. Being from the plastics industry I do know that over time they will yellow and get brittle. I didn’t notice any markings signifying which type of plastic was used, but since the prongs are under constant stress holding up the bottles, this may be an issue over the next few years. But for the price I guess I can’t complain!

Are you the type that saves old spice bottles to put nuts & bolts in? This rack would work well in the garage also. Just be sure to use the included screws to better attach it to the wall to handle the additional weight.

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Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as GiftCardCollector.com, PesVault.com, Orguysm.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time administrator for SahmReviews.com.

45 comments on «Squeezing a Little More into the Cabinets»

  1. Neat product! My spice cabinet is horrendous. Can you split up the four into smaller strips of two? My spice cabinet is very narrow and four wouldn’t fit.

    1. Scott says:

      Not only can you do them in two’s, you can cut them into individual sections and hang them as a column.

  2. heather says:

    neat idea! I love that your spices are all organized and easy to find!

  3. Jessica says:

    I would really like those to easily find my most used spices.

  4. Angel says:

    Awesome idea! This reminds me that my grandparents used to have a spice rack on the inside of their cupboard, I don’t know why I haven’t remembered that until now! You have saved me from my spice cupboard troubles, thank you :)

  5. Ok that was awesome. I gotta have some now!

  6. Jen says:

    My pantry is in major need of a rehaul. I love the simplicity of this. I especially love that you can easily see everything.

  7. Oh my goodness, I need this so much. What a great idea!

  8. I love to cook and spices can pile up on you! This is a great idea to get them out of the way yet keeping them within reach.

  9. I definitely need something like this because my spice cabinet is overflowing!

  10. Lena says:

    I so need me some easy storage solutions and these look like a nobrainer

  11. Great idea! I actually just renovated my kitchen and ensured it had a spice rack built in, which is so nice to have. This is a great alternative though.

  12. Really neat idea! My spice cabinet is such a mess, this would definitely help me.

  13. This is a real neat idea. We are limited on cabinet and closet space in my home so I am always looking for ways to have extra storage.

  14. Sarah Jane says:

    Nice! These look very useful, especially since I’m cleaning out my cupboards now and have no idea where to put all the spices.

  15. gingermommy says:

    Amazing! I need this badly. Just today I opened the cupboard to stuff falling down on me

  16. I need to do this! Our spice cabinet doesn’t work on multiple levels. It is just a pain to go through!

  17. That’s a nifty product. I have the same issues with small jars of spices getting lost in the back of my cabinet. Maybe I will grab one of these – I am just afraid the cabinet wouldn’t shut with them on the inside of the door.

  18. WHAT A GREAT idea for storing spices and baking supplies.

  19. We just moved and the only house that was available that would allow our pets is less than half the size of the one we moved from. I currently have spices setting on my counter and in the cabinet, I love to cook so I have tones of spices. I will be on the hunt for these as it is a great solution for my problem.

  20. I seriously need some of those for our spice cabinets! i never have enough room. i have a full cupboard and a full drawer full. I need better organization and storage.

  21. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE them!! I have a small apt with limited space in the kitchen so I am going to look for these!

  22. I think this is a great idea! My smaller spice bottles always tend to get lost behind the larger ones, so it would be great to separate the smaller ones.

  23. This product is just what I need!!! my spices are everywhere, and making use of all the space in my cabinets is a bonus!

  24. Whoa, these gripper are awesome (I never thought of this, lol!)

  25. becca says:

    what an awesome idea i am always looking for ways to organize my spices.

  26. Pam says:

    Okay, I need these! I’m always losing spices to the back of my cabinets.

  27. Lawna says:

    I certainly need those! My cabinets look like yours. Sometimes, when I open my cabinet, everything goes pouring out.

  28. I’m convinced that my spice cabinets have demonic gremlins living inside them. I’m serious. I love what you’ve done here, I might have to give it a whirl myself!

  29. Ave says:

    This would be a perfect product for my kitchen. Have to go and check out their page. Thanks for a great review!

  30. Pam says:

    I love these. I have a pantry cabinet that these would fit very nicely on the door and I would have no problem closing. What a great idea.

  31. I’ve been eyeing these spice grippers. Would be able to save quite a bit f space! The price is not so bad on Amazon!

  32. Mommy2jam says:

    I need to get this! I have recently been on a kick to organize everything and one thing that has been daunting was my spice cabinet. I love this idea and I want to TRULY thank you for sharing this!

  33. Rosey says:

    I think it’s a valid concern about the plastic, but at that price, replacing it when needed should be easy, and well worth it too. I love this idea!

  34. Amanda says:

    Great idea! Useful and it looks good! I have been working on reorganizing our kitchen cabinets so this will be perfect! And I bet they would hold up all of our bottles of craft paint too!

  35. Ooh, these will be great for organizing my new kitchen! We tend to go spice overload.

  36. Nikki says:

    This is such a brilliant idea! I’m running out of cabinet space and have a ton of spices.

  37. Michelle H says:

    How clever! I don’t have very many spice bottles that would fit in those clips, but I love that they solve a common kitchen problem. Michelle

  38. This looks really cool and considering the number of spices I have in my cupboard it lloks perfect for me I shall have to check Amazon to see if its available in the UK.

  39. That’s great, I so need one of these, my spice cabinet is a complete mess!

  40. Love it, I definitely need something like that!

  41. Brett says:

    oh, i need like 3 sets of these!! i hate our current spice storage. HATE it.

  42. robyn says:

    Scott! I NEEDED this today so badly! I just spent 15 minutes last night searching through a cabinet for a spice. I have a lazy susan in there and then three cluttered shelves of mess. I am going to try to do this!

  43. Jen A says:

    Love this idea, I just tossed like 10 jars of spices and herbs that were buried in our cabinet. I love that these are displayed right in front and the little bottles won’t get lost!

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