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My decluttering project continues. I am mostly done with the kitchen, and I finally tackled the pantry and refrigerator. The only thing I have left to do is set up a tidy charging station for our devices and I am waiting on one that I ordered to arrive so I can wrap that all up.

I know when I first told you I was starting this project I said I would probably not be decanting every little thing.

I do love the look of it but I don’t find it to always be practical, and it can get expensive to buy all those containers. But if you love the look and want to put in the time, you absolutely should do it!


I’ve been working through The Home Edit book and those gals LOVE to decant and label EVERYTHING.


And I really do love looking at the pictures but I just know I’m probably not going to decant this much stuff.

But I did decide to decant my spice jars last week. I used to have my spices arranged alphabetically and then one weekend a few years ago my husband decided to organize the pantry and he bought little sliding drawers and put all the spices in there.

It was definitely a tidier look, but they were no longer alphabetized and I never got around to remedying that and it has always been a source of frustration.

So last week I decided I would be decanting my spice jars.

Here is what it looked like before the decanting.


I bought this spice jar kit and a label set:



I really like that the jars are plastic because if you’ve ever dropped a glass spice jar you know what a mess it can be. And the labels I got are really extensive and cover nearly every spice you probably have.

The set also comes with some blank labels to add any spices you may have that are not in the prelabeled set. It also has small stickers so you can add expiration dates.

My daughter and I decided to work on decanting our spices together and I must say, it is a lovely, relaxing way to spend an evening. 🙂 It was a very gratifying project.

And if you are just starting to declutter your home, this might be a great first task because there is no emotional weight attached to spice jars. Well, if you are attached to your spice jars, that’s fine, but I had no trouble throwing away the empty jars after we decanted the spices into the new jars.

You can use a small funnel and easily empty your spices into the new jars and then apply the labels.

It was just FUN. 🙂



After we filled all the bottles, I arranged them alphabetically and returned them to the little drawers.

The bottom drawer is not full with the labeled bottles so I put some of the larger bottles in the back as backstock to refill the labeled bottles when I run low on a spice.

I am so happy with the way this turned out and as I said, if you are looking for a “quick win” in your decluttering project, this is a satisfying activity to start with.

So if decanting sounds enticing to you, hop to it and start with those little mismatched spice jars in your pantry!

If you decide to do it, I’d love to see your before and after pictures!

And I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest!




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