Spice Storage Ideas: 8 Ways to Organize Your Spices

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. 


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After wrapping presents, one of my very favorite things to do is restore order to a jumbled mess. I love organizing, and if you have the proper tools, it’s easy and very satisfying. These spice storage ideas are all simple to do, but they may take a little time. It’s time well-invested though, so take a look, and I’ll see you at the end. 

What is the Best Way to Store Spices?

The things to remember in regards to storing your spices are:

  • Keep them in airtight containers. This will keep any moisture out, and help keep the spices fresh.
  • Store them away from light. If it’s convenient to store your spices in a cupboard, pantry, or closet, 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 provides a moist atmosphere, and moisture will ruin your spices.

8 Spice Storage Ideas

Spice Drawer Organization

If you have a kitchen drawer to spare, I think these spice drawer organization ideas are brilliant. The jars make it so easy to find what you want, and are super simple to access. 

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Spice Drawer Organization | Almost Makes Perfect

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How to Organize Spices in a Drawer | Polished Habitat

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Organized Spice Cabinets 

Last year when I finished a complete reorganization of my kitchen, one of the most rewarding projects was the spice cabinet. I have this little, triangular shaped cupboard that is the perfect place to store spices. You can read about it {HERE.}

Spice Cabinet Organization | On Sutton Place

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Labeling Your Pantry + Organizing Tips | Anderson + Grant

Jamie, from the website Anderson + Grant, 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!

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Organized Baking and Spice Cabinet | Kelley Nan

If you don’t want to transfer your spices from their original containers to different jars, they can still be beautifully organized. Kelley Nan shows you how. 

Mason Jar Spice Storage Containers

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Mason Jar Spice & Herb Storage | Rocky Hedge Farm

Spice Rack Storage

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Magnetic Spice Storage Rack | Jessica Welling Interiors


How to Organize Spices in a Small Kitchen | H2O Bungalow

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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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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!

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  1. Great ideas but I do have a question. Is it okay to store spices next to your stove? I had read that it’s a bad idea, however, it is most convenient.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sandi…I too have read that it’s a bad idea. Supposedly the heat from the stove decreases the spice shelf life. However, if you use your spices quickly, I don’t think it would be an issue. Good luck!

  2. I have more spices than can fit in my spice drawer! Pretty funny for someone who doesn’t even like to cook!

  3. Jeanie Nichols says:

    Great ideas! Thanks

  4. I recently reorganized my spices and cupboards, inspired by one of your posts. It’s so satisfying and January is a great month for it. Thanks for inspiring me to get the new year off to a good start!

  5. Having so much trouble commenting. Is this an old blog post? I was told I had already posted on it. I have not.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Dee…no, this is a brand new post! You did comment already though…you shared a tip about buying spices in small amounts. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. I actually didn’t know that comments were limited to one. I will definitely look into that. Thank you, Ann

  6. Buy spices in small amounts. And I believe ‘red’ spices are more likely to attract or already have insects and eggs in them. Another reason to buy smallest amounts.

  7. Love the sticker on the bottom idea. Will be doing that this week.
    I also started marking my canned goods with a permanent marker on top. This way the exp date is visible. My fav all time spice organizer…I just don’t like giving up more than a drawer

  8. Thanks for the inspiring ideas.

  9. laura@everydayedits.co says:

    HI Ann, Thank you for the great ideas! Perfect time of year to organize! I have a garage I need to tackle today! xo laura

  10. Karen Mary says:

    Hi Ann,
    What a good idea to add the expiration date to the bottom of jars you’ve transferred spices into! (I recently wrote about spice storage on my blog, but I didn’t mention that, even though I often buy bulk spices!)
    BTW, amber jars are another good option (besides metal) for jars that are stored in the light.
    Happy cooking!

  11. You’re posts are right in line with my to do list! I’ve gotten some great ideas for my first area to organize- the kitchen!