Are your spice storage containers unorganized and hard to find? Stop searching! Use these clever spice storage ideas to keep your spices fresh and easily accessible.
I love organizing, and one of my very favorite things to do is restore order to a jumbled mess. If you have the proper tools, it’s easy and very satisfying. These spice organization ideas are all simple to do, but they may take a little time. It’s definitely time well-spent, and worth every minute!
What is the Best Way to Store Spices?
- Keep your spices in airtight containers. This will prevent moisture, and keep the spices fresh.
- Store spice containers away from light. If it’s convenient to store your spices behind a cabinet door or on a pantry shelf, glass jars are perfect. If not, it’s best to store them in metal containers with airtight lids.
- Don’t store spices in the refrigerator. The cool temperature in the fridge provides a moist atmosphere, and moisture will ruin your spices.
How Long Do Spices Last?
The answer to this question varies. It can be anywhere from 1 year to 3 years. The very best way to know if your spices are fresh is to keep track of the expiration date on the original packaging. If you are transferring the spices to glass or metal containers, use a small label on the bottom of the container to note the expiration date. These removable round labels work perfectly.
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Spice Drawer Organization
If your cabinet storage space is overflowing, and you have a kitchen drawer to spare, I think these spice drawer organization ideas are brilliant. This method saves countertop and cabinet space. The jars make it so easy to find what you want, and they are super simple to access. And you have to admit, they look beautiful!
1.) My Very Own Spice Drawer!
When we moved to our current home, I wasn’t sure where I wanted my spices to be stored, so they ended up in a tall kitchen cabinet with pull-out drawers. I knew it wasn’t practical, but I lived with it for over a year!
Just last month, I finally reorganized everything in the kitchen, and somehow ended up with an empty drawer right across from the stove. I immediately ordered a spice drawer insert, and the end result is amazing. Spice drawer organizers are reasonably priced, and there is no installation. I just placed it in the drawer, filled the jars, and in hardly any time at all, I had a lovely and orderly spice drawer.
Spice Drawer Tips
- Make sure to measure the length and width of your drawer carefully. Spice drawer inserts come in different sizes, and some of them are even adjustable.
- If your drawer insert moves around, anchor it to the bottom of the drawer with this Museum Gel.
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2.) Like most of us, Molly, from Almost Makes Perfect, always fantasized about having organized spices, and she was so happy when her dream finally came true! She loves the end result because all of her spices are fresh, and in perfect order.
3.) Melissa, from Polished Habitat, actually shows her spice drawer before the organization project…and it’s a stunning transformation. She shows you how to make your own Cricut labels, and she also shares the source for the clear drawer insert.
4.) Sara, from Rocky Hedge Farm, created her own spice storage system, and you might be surprised where she got her inspiration! Storing herbs in small mason jars is the perfect way to keep them fresh, accessible, and it takes up very little space.
5.) Kelley Nan: If you don’t want to transfer your spices from their original containers to different jars, they can still be beautifully organized in a spice cabinet. Kelley Nan shows you how.
6.) Jen Woodhouse decided enough was enough, and organized her spices in large jars on acrylic shelves. She loves the way it turned out, and shares her sources in case you want to do it yourself!
7.) Home Made Lovely: Shannon, from Home Made Lovely, added a DIY spice rack as a finishing touch to an extensive kitchen renovation. She shows you how she accomplished this using IKEA picture ledges and small canning jars. Shannon’s spice rack makes the glass spice bottles so easy to grab, and it eliminates kitchen clutter.
8.) Jessica Welling Interiors: Jessica shows you exactly how to make a generously-sized magnetic spice rack, and she even shows how to install it on a tile backsplash. Magnetic spice jars or magnetic tins are a great way to keep your spices handy, yet out of the way.
9.) When you have a small kitchen, organization is the key to making sure everything you need has a home. A spice storage rack or basket can be hung above kitchen counters, on a pantry wall, or on an easily accessible kitchen wall. Wendi, from H2O Bungalow, has a storage basket solution for organizing spices in a small kitchen that’s easy to install, and very functional.
10.) Anderson + Grant: Jamie has printable spice labels that are available in either a round or square design. They are the perfect custom touch to your glass or metal spice storage containers!
How to Arrange Your Spices
This is definitely a personal choice, but the arrangment that makes the most sense, and is the easiest to maintain, is alphabetical order. Another method is to arrange your spices in groups, according to how they are used.
More Spice Storage Solutions
- Attach a spice rack to the back of your pantry door.
- Use a lazy susan inside a cupboard or closet.
- Store your spices in test tubes on a custom rack.
- Purchase a countertop wood spice rack. (If you have ample counter space.)
- Use a handy rotating spice rack.
If your spices need attention, I hope these spice storage ideas have inspired you to tackle the job, and restore order. I promise, you will feel incredible!