The Clever Fridge Addition To Keep Spices In Arm's Reach

Apartment dwellers and those living in small homes are veterans in the realm of space maximization, used to fitting their entire lives — including pets and a rainforest worth of houseplants — into 500 square feet or less. In small homes, kitchens are often a particularly tight squeeze, making every inch of storage space prime real estate. And while spices (which are the foundation for building flavor in essentially all food) are a must-have for cooking and baking, they tend to take up a lot of space. So how do you ensure you have the necessary spices for your favorite dishes while still having enough room for the actual ingredients, plus all the pots, pans, and other kitchen tools you need? 

People often turn to wall-mounted spice racks, but this is really only an option if you're living somewhere with extra wall space. Luckily, there's a clever space-saving solution for keeping spices within arm's reach, regardless of how much room you have in your kitchen.

Magnetic spice rack to the rescue

To free up some more storage space in the kitchen, swap your designated spice cabinet for a set of magnetic spice shelves. They attach to the side or front of your refrigerator, making use of that area otherwise used for showcasing "Save the Dates" for weddings you don't want to attend.

Standard magnetic spice rack models can support a collection weighing in the ballpark of 6 pounds, meaning these bad boys are strong enough to hold your stuff without crashing down in the middle of the night and waking your downstairs neighbors. Considering a jar of Trader Joe's "Everything But the Bagel Seasoning" weighs 2.3 ounces, you could theoretically stack 20 bottles onto a single shelf.

Magnetic spice shelves are also an efficient way to be able to survey your selection. (If you've ever asked yourself "Where did that chaat masala go?" or find yourself wondering what spices you actually have lurking in the back of your cabinet, then you know what we're talking about.) Instead of cramming all your spice jars into a cabinet and forgetting about them until next year's spring cleaning, magnetic spice shelves allow you to display your spices for easy viewing and any last-minute "you know what this sauce needs" additions.