The Simple Yet Surprising Way a Tension Rod Can Help You Organize Your Spices

published Aug 19, 2023
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Here’s a bit of good news: We have a super-clever hack to help solve your biggest spice-cabinet problem, and it involves another clever way to use a tension rod. Even better news? It will only cost you around $7 and take about five minutes! 

Credit: Joe Lingeman

How a Tension Rod Can Help You Maximize Storage in Your Spice Cabinet

If free space in your cupboard or pantry is already hard to come by, then you probably feel the pain of trying to figure out how to jam your tiny turmeric and allspice alongside all those giant jars of garlic powder and Everything Bagel seasoning.

Here’s an idea: To instantly increase the real estate in your spice cabinet and, at the same time, optimize organization, buy a small tension rod (like this one). Then, simply adjust it to fit inside the cabinet, and position it a few inches from the top, toward the back of the cabinet (think: right above the tallest spices in your cabinet). This creates a fun little bonus “shelf” for the smallest little bottles you have. It’ll also make them more accessible and less likely to topple over when you go to grab something.

The best part about this is that it requires zero installation, which means you can readjust as your spice collection changes.

This post originally published on The Kitchn. Read it there: The Simple Yet Surprising Way a Tension Rod Can Help You Organize Your Spices