Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, etc.

Posted on | September 16, 2009 | 31 Comments

Living in NYC, our kitchen storage is very limited. I try to keep stuff pretty organized and am always on the look out for helpful storage tips or plans. Have you seen those magnetic storage tins for spices? I love the idea and even bought a few to try out on my fridge. They felt too huge on my tiny fridge but I wanted to find another way to use them. Lucky for me, my boyfriend happens to be a genius and he came up with an awesome way to use the magnetic tins. We glued rulers to the underside of the cabinets so the spice tins hang upside down. I made labels using rubber stamps that I scanned, scaled down and printed onto sticker paper. It worked out pretty perfectly, and the spices are all within easy reach when I am cooking. Plus they look cute all in line, right? I’m kind of in love with it. What do you think?

p.s. Even though foam mounting tape is pictured here, do not use it. I tried that first and it wasn’t strong enough so I redid with Gorilla glue.

*Update: Our storage solution made it to The Kitchn. Check it out, we’re famous!



31 Responses to “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, etc.”

  1. Jessica
    September 16th, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    The use of the rulers is brilliant!

  2. Marth
    September 16th, 2009 @ 9:51 am

    Good one guys!

  3. erin Boyle
    September 16th, 2009 @ 9:59 am


  4. Thao
    September 16th, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    awesome solution–looks great! also, i want your peppermill!

  5. Allison H
    September 16th, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    i love this idea! props to you and your brilliant man!

  6. Amy
    September 16th, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    Woohoo. Thanks, friends!
    @Thao – I am in love with my peppermill also. I got it at Anthro, of course.

  7. Ali
    September 16th, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

    Way cute!

  8. Margaret
    September 16th, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

    Adorable. I am ever impressed with you, sister.

  9. Tali Schiffer
    September 17th, 2009 @ 3:56 am

    That is such a great idea, and I agree, the tins look so pretty all in a row like that!! I might just try something like that myself…

  10. nichole
    September 17th, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

    This is brilliant!

  11. Tori
    September 17th, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

    Is ant kidding me with the solution? A SMASH HIT.

  12. Meghan
    September 18th, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    Wonderful solution, and it looks great too! Good work. :)

  13. bonbon oiseau
    September 18th, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

    YOU, my friend..are the bad ass…seriously…

  14. Karen
    September 20th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm


  15. Erica
    September 22nd, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

    Great idea! I have one of those tins and the lid doesn’t seem so secure… Have you had a problem with lids falling off and spilling spices all over the counter?

  16. Deb
    September 23rd, 2009 @ 1:04 am

    Could you mention where you got the tins for your spices?

  17. Jacqueline
    September 23rd, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

    A good place for tins – you could just super glue a magnet to the top:

  18. Amy
    September 23rd, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    @Erica – no spilling problems yet. I have knocked them off a few times but no spillage.
    @Deb – I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond

  19. Monica
    September 23rd, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

    Great idea Amy, I just bought some tins over the weekend to use under a shelf above my desk. I ended buying the magnetic holder for $8.99.. I am so returning it now that I know how you did it, thank you!

  20. Ashley
    September 24th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    great and cute idea. also, i can’t get enough of your yellow pepper grinder.

  21. Erika Hampton
    July 26th, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    what is anthro? do they have a website?

  22. Winston
    September 28th, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    The rulers have labels that say “spice Storage” so I’m thinking you bought them along with the little magnetic tins, right? They’re not just ordinary rulers.

  23. Melissa
    January 10th, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    Ridiculously splendid idea!!! I can’t wait to get started! How well do the spices keep in these tins?


  24. Megan and Emily@Whimsically Homemade
    May 15th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

  25. Melanee
    September 15th, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    I love this! I think I might copy!

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  29. Danielle
    July 10th, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Love this idea, I am going to try it. But wondering if you have any advice on magnets? I’m looking on Amazon for magnetic tape and strips and all have complaints that they are too weak to hold anything.

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