Oh I love these spice ideas! I have a whole spicerack of spices to be tossed - the jars (which I'd asked specifically for, for christmas, having seen them in a catalogue) are cute but not airtight. So with our humid summer the spices are spoiling. So I'm going to repurpose the jars to organize some beading supplies.
Even the basil and oregano will smell nice wafting around the house.
Mint deters aphids - perhaps a mint spray?
I actually spent most of yesterday sorting my pantry, labelling everything. Trying to make it easier to find things so that I don't waste them or buy the same thing (I have enough instant yeast to last me a year!)
I've labeled a couple of empty boxes (crackers, biscuits, cakes) for things that I often bake or buy, even though there aren't any at the moment, as I figure they will usually be there so they need an allocated space.
It is also becoming painfully aparrent the things that I buy thinking "I must make that" and never get around to. Wasted spices, and last week I threw out some outdated spelt flour. So I've hunted down recipes for things I want to make (buckwheat flour) and made a mental note to think twice before I buy any exotic ingredients! Some thinks that I thought were expensive at the time, like Maple Syrup, actually last well, and you only need a little, so are worth it.
Also learned a lesson about packaging: the plastic screwtop seal of the Golden Syrup jar wasn't antproof - there were a load of dead ants floating in the top of it! Eeew! And the fancy clip-lock storage boxes from the supermarket (which I bought in preference to Tupperware, because it is getting so expensive) aren't totally airtight either. Okay for lentils or things that are used quickly, but no good for storing cookies for a fortnight.
Does anyone use large produce jars with screwtop lids for pantry storage? Are the thin flat lids they come with robust enough for frequent use?
I'm thinking of looking for some bulk jars of products that I like so that I can re-use the jars - that way I get glass storage (less plastic has got to be a good thing) without spending extra.