I asked in this thread how people handled their spices if they did NOT use a spice rack.
That resulted in a gazillion spice rack and spice system construction suggestions.
My Chowhounds said go buy a spice rack . I said NO, NO, NO
I gave my reasons in the above thread. If I can't reuse something and hopefully not buy anything ... I do NOT want it.
Here's my strategy so far combining the FOUR posts that answered the question (so far over 20 did not) .
1. For bagged, bulk spices use an accordion desk file
2. For normal sized jars, put them in a kitchen drawer and slap a label on the top to easily see what is there. Alphabetize.
3. Use a bin for outsized bottles and big bags of things like dried peppers.
I have the file folders, bins and labels. If these don't work, then I can reuse them for other things. I have a foldable bookcase that I use for cookbooks. So the file folders and bins can go on a shelf. The whole thing next to the spice drawer so everything is together.
Another possible option is to use photo boxes instead of a drawer for normal sized spiced jars, then everything could go on the bookshelf. I have photo boxes.
I love that desk file idea. I have one with where you can insert index tabs, so I can write the spice name and alphabetize. If I overflow one folder, I can use another maybe having one folder for savory spices and others for sweet ones.
I can use the original spice jars for the others without having to buy special bottles wich inevitably lose their lids for various reasons.
Maybe this helps clarify what I'm looking for.. Anyway, any other ideas that do NOT involve a spice rack?
And ... if you have a GREAT spice rack, built-tn shelves or other kitchen remodel for spices, you just need to share with Chowhound, I'd ask you please to use this link which is about those.
If it involves a carpenter ... NOT what I'm looking for.
I'd like to keep this thread on topic and on the General Board as this is NOT about cookware. It is the anti-cookware topic. It is about organizing spices with NO cookware (i.e. spice rices).