We recently completed our kitchen renovation and I’m in the process of putting everything away and getting it perfectly organized. Over the years and 20+ homes, I’ve figured out the best way to organize spices in our kitchen so it works for us. I have 4 simple tips to organize spices that will make cooking easier for you.
Tips to Organize Spices
Use a Lazy Susan
I love using Lazy Susans to keep my spice bottles organized and visible. I’ve had the 2-tiered Lazy Susan on the right for almost 20 years (that’s how useful it has been). I’m able to see all my spices with a quick spin and find just what I need. A Lazy Susan is a great way to make an awkward corner cabinet work for you. I use multiple Lazy Susans to organize different categories of spices and seasonings.
Make It Easy To Find
Tumbling through a bunch of bottles of spices to find what you need can be extremely frustrating. I know you’ll be surprised to know that I alphabetize my spices. I can quickly find exactly what I need. Since my children are in the tween and teen years, it also helps them to know where the spice bottle goes after they’ve used it and are putting it away. If you have multiple cooks, it really helps to have assigned locations for each spice and seasoning so everyone can find what they need (and know where to put it away to when they’re done).
If alphabetizing your spices isn’t for you, then you can group them together by use or type. I keep my Hawaiian specific seasonings and spices together in this one basket. Whenever I’m making a Hawaiian dish, I just grab this basket and can find what I need immediately.
If a Lazy Susan won’t work for you in your kitchen, containerize your spices in bins. This bin with handle makes it easy to pull the bin down to the counter where you can easily look through all the spices. (Of course, I recommend alphabetizing them in the bin, but then I just can’t help myself sometimes.)
Label with Date
If you label each bottle with the date that you opened the spice, you’ll easily be able to tell when it’s time to replace a spice (I just realized that it’s time for me to replace my ground ginger since it’s 4 1/2 years old). Labeling spices takes the guess-work out of wondering how old that bottle you excavated from the back of the cabinet is. I simply use a Sharpie to write the date on the label, but you could use pretty labels to do the same.
If you come to my house to visit, you’ll be able to jump right in and help cook a meal since all my spices are easy to find (I have a method to my madness, of course). What tips do you use to organize spices in your kitchen?
Cynthia at Feeding Big shares her delicious Easy Spice Mixes. I can’t wait to try making my own spice mix.
Corinne at Wondermom Wannabe shares her Spice Cabinet Checklist that will help you organize your shopping list and make sure you always have the spices you need on-hand.