26 EASY WAYS TO ORGANIZE YOUR SPICES
The right spice organization and storage system improves the efficiency and flow of your kitchen. If you need a little inspiration to help find the right system for you, look no further. I’ve rounded up 27 of the best ways to store and organize your spices. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, you keep your spices in a drawer, cupboard, pantry or in the open, or you have a large chef’s kitchen or a tiny one short on storage, I’ve got you covered!
Tips To Organize Your Spices
Before diving into all the spice storage options, let’s quickly go over the steps to organizing spices.
Start by taking all your spices out of where you keep them. As you’re doing this, check for expired spices and spices you just don’t use and discard them.
The next step is optional, which is decanting your spices into matching containers. This reduces visual clutter by creating a streamlined look. If you store your spices on your counter, hanging on a wall, or just appreciate a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing look, give this step some serious consideration.
After decanting, you’ll want to add labels so you can easily find the spice you’re looking for. Labelling options are almost endless, including using masking tape and a pen, using a chalk pen to write on the containers, adding chalkboard labels, adding labels with a label maker, or purchasing labels from vendors on sites like etsy.com. For the most streamlined look, use consistent labels for all spices.
You’re almost ready to put the spices away now, you just have to decide how you want to organize them. A simple and efficient method is alphabetically. If you keep your baking spices separate from your cooking spices, you can organize them alphabetically within these 2 broad categories. Likewise, you could choose to keep your most commonly used spices front and centre with the rest alphabetically behind them. Just decide what makes sense to you, and go with it.
Now you’re ready to put your spices away and I have so many storage and organization ideas to share with you. Just before I do though, remember that herbs, chiles, and spices lose flavor more quickly when exposed to heat and direct sunlight. So that little cabinet directly above ovens, or a spot on the counter or wall that receives a lot of sunlight, are not ideal locations.
With that in mind, lets check out 26 different ways you can store and organize your spices.
Spice Drawer Storage Ideas
To stop spices from rolling all around the drawer, use drawer dividers. For a more economical option, swap out the dividers for tension rods.
This Ikea spice drawer insert is another way to keep the spices in place.
If you your spices come in bags and you prefer to leave them in the bags, use drawer inserts to keep them tidy in the drawer.
Finally, you can repurpose baby food jars for a great, free spice container.
Spice Cupboard and Pantry Storage Ideas
If space is at a premium in your kitchen, store your spices on the inside of your cupboard doors with this clever, space-saving and budget-friendly solution using baking sheets, Velcro command strips and magnetic tins.
Or try these clips.
This person got creative and used a shower caddy for spices.
Turntables are an excellent option for spices that provide easy accessibility and visibility.
Likewise for tiered shelves.
The Spicy Shelf also maximizes space, accessibility and visibility.
Or use a tension rod to add a DIY shelf to your cabinet for your spices.
Baskets are another great option for storing spices in cupboards or pantries, especially if you keep them in the bags. Just make sure to label the top of the spices jars or bags so you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for.
This Youcopia stand with pull out drawers would work great in a cupboard, the pantry or even on the countertop.
Make use of every inch in your pantry by adding a door cabinet, or by attaching drawer inserts (which are the prefect size for spices) to the wall with Velcro command strips.
Storage Ideas to Keep Spices in the Open
I love the clean look of using a picture ledge for your spices.
If you’re short on space, use magnetic holders on your fridge, or make your own by attaching magnets to drawer inexpensive drawer inserts.
This reuse of a Pallet is functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Ikea’s Bekvam spice rack is a great, affordable option.
If metal is more your style preference, this rack from amazon is a good choice, as is this hanging tiered system. (I know it’s on a door in this picture, but it would work great on the wall as well!).
For the countertop, rotating towers like this are great. And this particular one comes with free refills for 5 years!
If you’re looking to save your counter space, this under cabinet storage solution might be for you.
Lastly, if you have a small opening beside your fridge, this rolling cart idea is a fantastic use of that space! If you aren’t into DIYing your own, you can find similar ones online.
And there you have it 26, functional, practical and aesthetically pleasing ways to store and organize your spices. Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below. If you like this post, please share it!