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Friday, January 15, 2010

Organizing Spices

There is not a "right" way to organize spices, but a right way for you! Here are a few options to choose from:

  • Alphabetically
  • According to color
  • According to category/use (herbs, Mexican, baking, etc.)
  • According to how often they are used
  • According to size
I have mine organized according to category/use on lazy susans. I have all my baking spices in one cabinet with baking items. I have herbs and savory spices on another lazy susan in a different cabinet. In that same cabinet I have another lazy susan with salts and peppers. I also store my vinegars together and oils together.

Spices can live on lazy susans, in drawers, in spice racks, on shelves, or on spice shelves.

What do you prefer?

More on kitchen storage:
Clever Corner Storage
Organizing Drawers
Get Organized Month - Organize Your Refrigerator Freezer


Marissa said...

Awhile back I reorganized my spices on a magnet board. It's been a huge help! I blogged a pic of it here (the post is about something else I needed to get organized, but if you scroll down you can see what I did): http://skooksplayground.blogspot.com/2010/01/tools-of-trade-needle-grabbit.html

1-2-3...Get Organized said...

Fabulous idea, Marissa. Where did you get your magnetic bottles?

Terri I said...

I like to keep my baking spices with my baking goods because then I can just have everything in one place. Also it is easier to see when I run out. My sister and I are having a debate about how long I can keep my sea salt and other spices! Your opinion? We are both faithful readers of yours. Thanks!

1-2-3...Get Organized said...

Hi Terri,

Sea salt is a mineral (a rock, actually) and will last indefinitely. Spices, on the other hand will last about a year, experts say. But I keep mine longer. A good way to tell if your spices or herbs are losing their punch is to open the container and take a whiff. If the aroma is weak, so will be the flavor.

Skooks said...

Ebay! They were actually made from watch cases with magnets glued to the backs. I have seen the same idea before but with baby food jars instead of the watch cases (with magnets glued to the lids). I always get compliments on my makeshift "rack" when people come over!