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Are you tired of digging through a cluttered spice cabinet or drawer, trying to find the right spice for your dish? Do you find yourself buying duplicate spices because you can’t remember if you already have them? Let’s look at How to organize spices once and for all – yes, you can steal my idea too 😉

Organizing your spices can be a game changer when it comes to cooking and meal prep. Not only will it save you time and money, but it will also make it easier to find the right spice when you need it.

Keep reading for some great spice organization tips on how to finally organize your spices once and for all.

No matter the dimensions of your countertops or your cabinet space. Nowadays, most of them are space-saving solutions. I am sure one will work for you – get ready for an easier life in the kitchen!


What is the best way to organize spices?

Most of the time, the problem with having too many spices is the lack of kitchen storage space. Having multiple containers of the same type of spice can quickly fill up cupboards and drawers, leaving no room for other cooking essentials. It can also make it difficult to find the one you need when you’re in a rush.

If the containers are not labelled properly, it can be hard to keep track of what’s inside them, making it even more difficult to find the right spice.

Ultimately, having too many spices without efficient storage solutions can lead to an unorganized and cluttered kitchen.

There are several ways to organize spices, and the best method for you will depend on the size and layout of your kitchen, as well as your personal preferences.

Here are a few popular methods for organizing spices:

  1. Alpha-numeric organization: This method involves sorting your spices alphabetically or numerically, making it easy to find the spice you’re looking for. This can be done using either a spice rack or a drawer organizer.
  2. By use: This method involves grouping spices together based on how they are typically used. For example, you could have a “grilling” category that includes spices like cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder, or a “baking” category that includes cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
  3. By cuisine: This method involves grouping spices together based on the cuisine they are typically used in. For example, you could have a “Mexican” category that includes cumin, chili powder, and oregano, or a “Indian” category that includes cumin, coriander and tumeric.
  4. Magnetic spice rack : They are magnetic spice tins that can stick on metal surface, it allows you to organize your spices on the side of the refrigerator, on the fridge doors or any other metal surface. If you don’t have one, then you can as well buy magnetic strips.

No matter which method you choose, the key is to keep your spices and herbs organized in a way that makes sense to you and that you will be able to maintain over time.

Tiered racks are key and, also, labeling the tins or jars would help a lot in keeping track of the contents and also helps in keeping track of expiry date and restocking.

spice rack

How would Mari Kondo organize Spices?

I am a fan of Marie Kondo, who is known for her “KonMari” method of organizing, would likely approach organizing spices in a few different ways:

  • Start by decluttering: In the case of spices, “not bringing joy” means getting rid of any spices that are expired, that you haven’t used in a long time, or that you know you will never use.
  • Sort by category: Once you have decluttered your spice containers, Marie Kondo would likely suggest sorting them by category, such as “baking” or “grilling” as mentioned above. This allows you to see all of the items in each category and make decisions about what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
  • Decide on a storage solution: Based on the number of spices you have and the layout of your kitchen, Marie Kondo would help you decide on a storage solution that works best for you, such as a spice rack, a drawer organizer, a solution for your cabinet door or magnetic tins.
  • Use clear containers: Marie Kondo places emphasis on using clear containers for everything as it makes it easy to see the contents without opening the lid. This is especially helpful for spices as it allows you to quickly see when you’re running low and need to restock.
  • Only keep what brings you joy: Again, like with everything in her method, she would suggest keeping only those items that bring you joy and those you will actually use in the near future. So my personal tip is: start cooking dishes to use up that spice drawer!

She also advises having a dedicated space for your spices and not keeping them in the crowded area like the top of the fridge or counter.

How can I organize my spices without buying anything?

Maybe you are desperate for a pantry organizer or a DIY spice rack, more counter space or anything really that helps with – what seems – all that kitchen clutter! BUT, you are not wanting to spend any money on it. Fair enough.

Tips for organizing your spices without buying anything:

  • Use the containers you already have: If you have glass jars or plastic containers with lids, you can use them to store your spices. Just be sure to label the containers with the spice name and expiration date.
  • Repurpose items from around your home: If you don’t have any containers with lids, you can repurpose items from around your home, such as empty food cans, baby food jars, or small plastic bags. Just make sure the containers you choose are clean and food safe before storing spices in them.
  • Utilize drawer dividers: If you keep your spices in drawers, use items you already have, such as small cardboard boxes or empty shoe boxes, to create dividers. This can help keep your spices organized and easy to find.
  • Be creative with your existing shelf or cabinet space: Rearrange the shelves and cabinets in your kitchen to make better use of the space. Consider moving spices to a different location in your kitchen or organizing your shelves so that your spices are in a more easily accessible place.
  • Create a clear label system : Label your spice jars with a clear and detailed label, including the name of the spice, the date of purchase, and the expiration date. This can help you stay organized, reduce food waste, and save money.

The important thing is to find a system that works for you, and as long as you are keeping your spices in a safe and clean area and you can easily find and identify them, it will be considered organized.

My Spice Storage Idea To Steal:  YouCopia SpiceStack 

I have a deep love affair with kitchen gadgets, kitchen tips and tricks and storage essentials. Back in the day, after trying to find a certain spice in my crammed-full-of-crap spice cabinet, a whole shelf fell sending about 20 spice bottles flying out of my cabinet – one of which fell on my foot. OUCH!

So that prompted me to ask my Facebook fans how they organize their spices. One of you mentioned the YouCopia SpiceStack (<—Amazon Affiliate Link alert)

It was exactly what I was looking for.

Since I love sharing tips and tricks that work for me I thought I would tell you about it in case you don’t have a spice organization system that you love.

I absolutely adore this product and tell all my friends to purchase it! And I keep receiving amazing feedback by the way!

I bought two of the yellow ones on Amazon and stacked them on top of each other. My cabinet width was only 9″ wide so the 18 bottle one was perfect for that space.

I noticed that Bed, Bath and Beyond also carry the 18-bottle one but they only have it in white. So if you have one near you and a coupon you can get it for around $20.

But you can order the 12, 18, 24, 27 or 30 bottle YouCopia SpiceStack on Amazon.

Label It

I highly recommend using your own labels. The ones that it comes with are paper and hard to get off if you want to move the labels around.

spice stack

I use the Brother Labeler PTD220 (<—Amazon Affiliate Link) if you are wondering.

If some of your spice bottles are too large you can always pick up these cheap glass bottles from Dollar Tree like I did. They fit perfectly.

I read some of the reviews on Amazon. A few mentioned not pulling the drawers out too fast or pulling more than one drawer out at a time.

So I have always been careful in opening them and I haven’t lost any of the bottles yet.

I HIGHLY recommend this product. It is such a wonderful organization system, especially for my narrow cabinet that I have for storage.

Feel free to search for the “101 best spice racks” and “top picks” in the market and good luck with not going crazy, lol. But, trust me, this one has made my life brighter.

If some of your spice bottles are too large you can always pick up these cheap glass bottles from Dollar Tree like I did. They fit perfectly.

dollar tree spice jar
cheap spice jars

I read some of the reviews on Amazon. A few mentioned not pulling the drawers out too fast or pulling more than one drawer out at a time. So I have always been careful in opening them and I haven’t lost any of the bottles yet.

I HIGHLY recommend this product. It is such a wonderful organization system, especially for my narrow cabinet that I have for storage.

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Tips, Tricks and FAQs

How do you Store Spices Efficiently?

We have seen the best tips so far

  • Keep them in a cool, dark place: Spices should be stored in a cool, dark place, away from heat and direct sunlight. This will help preserve their potency and flavor.
  • Use airtight containers: Spices should be stored in airtight containers to keep out moisture and light. Glass jars with tight-fitting lids are a good option, as are plastic containers with screw-on lids.
  • Label and date your spices: It’s a good idea to label and date your spices when you buy them so you know when they were purchased and when they expire.
  • Organize your spices: To make it easy to find the spice you’re looking for, keep them in alphabetical order or by category. You can also use a spice rack or a lazy susan to keep your spices organized and easy to find.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your spices stay fresh and flavorful for as long as possible.

How do you store spices so they don’t get hard? 

To prevent your spices from hardening you have to:

  • Keep them in airtight containers: Air exposure can cause spices to harden, so it’s important to store them in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids. This will help keep moisture and humidity out, which can cause spices to harden.
  • Store them in a cool, dry place: Spices should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from heat and humidity. High humidity can cause spices to harden or become clumpy.
  • Avoid storing them near the stove or oven: The heat and moisture from cooking can cause spices to harden, so avoid storing them near the stove or oven.
  • Keep them away from light: Direct sunlight or bright light can cause spices to deteriorate, so keep them in a dark or dimly lit area.
  • Check for freshness: Make sure to check the freshness of your spices by looking for signs of age such as discoloration, no aroma and hardening. Discard any that have lost their freshness and purchase new ones.
  • Consider storing whole spices: Whole spices tend to last longer and retain their flavor better than ground spices, so consider storing whole spices and grinding them as needed.

By following these tips, you can help keep your spices fresh and prevent them from hardening.

What is a Lazy Susan cabinet?

A lazy Susan cabinet is a type of kitchen cabinet that has a rotating tray or shelf built into it. The tray or shelf is typically circular and is mounted on a central pivot point, allowing it to rotate easily. It can have one or more tiers and it is designed to make it easy to access items that are stored in the back of the cabinet without having to reach or stretch.

The most common use of Lazy susan is in the corner of base cabinets or upper wall cabinets, providing access to the hard-to-reach area on the back corners. The Lazy Susan cabinet can be installed with a traditional cabinet, or as a standalone unit that sits on the counter or floor. 

This type of cabinet is a great way to increase the storage and organization in your kitchen, making it easy to access your spices, condiments, and other items without having to rummage through the back of your cabinets.

A Lazy Susan cabinet can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, metal, or plastic. They can come in different sizes and designs, some with adjustable shelves to fit all types of items, others with adjustable height for specific purposes.

In addition to the kitchen, lazy susan can be used in many other spaces in the home like pantry, living room and even bathroom to help organize and store items.

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  1. This is genius! I was just complaining this weekend when I couldn’t find the spices I needed because everything was jumbled in my cabinet.

  2. I do believe that this gadget will be finding a home in my cabinets very soon! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness! This is exactly what I need for my spices. I was just digging in the cabinet for spices the other day and totally annoyed that I couldn’t find what I needed. I am going shopping tomorrow!

  4. Those spice racks look like what I was looking for, too, thanks for posting this! I have a question about the jars from Dollar Tree — they are somewhat oval so do they fit into these racks okay?

  5. I use these for my Washi tape in the craft room…they hold a ton of tape. Bet they would also hold smaller ribbon and string spools as well.

  6. i’m glad to see a review I trust… I keep putting these in my buggy, wandering around, and taking them back out…

    making a purchase as soon as hubbs moves on to kitchen demolition. LOL!

  7. Thanks for your reply! I checked my local Dollar Tree and they ony have the sort-of oval shaped bottles. I am glad there are round ones out there, I wil check the other DT’s in my area.

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