Organizing spices in your kitchen is one simple step in organizing your whole kitchen. Isn’t it amazing how quickly things can go from order to disorder? I find this especially true in my kitchen. Today I’m focusing on my spice cupboard! One organized cupboard will give you the momentum to organize more!
Today I’m teaming up with some of my blogging friends to share our very best Organizing tips and secrets!
Make sure to see their posts at the bottom of this post!
Can you believe that there are still some odds and ends that still need to be done in our kitchen?
Some trim and a few other things.
But the cabinetry is done so I have no excuse not to have all my spices neat and in order.
This post is all about organizing spices! However, the techniques and tips can be used in almost any closet or cupboard in your home!
These are my best tips!
MY MESSY SPICE KITCHEN CUPBOARD
This is the best picture of where my spice cupboard is located in my kitchen.
Here’s how my cabinet looks inside …
What a serious mess! I needed to get busy organizing spices, for sure!
WHY ORGANIZING SPICES AND MORE IS SO IMPORTANT
Here’s what happens (and I’m speaking from experience) when you have a messy cabinet like this…
- you can’t find what you need
- you buy duplicates because you don’t know you already have an item
- you don’t use what you have
YOU CAN’T FIND WHAT YOU NEED
Not being able to find something I need could make me a bit crazy! I am not good when I can’t find things!
It wastes my time and often I just get so frustrated I give up looking! And I don’t like how that makes me feel!
When I finally cleaned out and organized my spices and other things that belonged in my spice cupboard I was amazed at all the great ingredients I had!
I could have been adding them to recipes I just wasn’t using because I did not remember I had them!
Does it bother you too when you can’t find something? Then an organized home can be your best friend! And why not by organizing spices?
DISORGANIZATION IS COSTLY
Buying duplicates of items you already have because you don’t know you already have them can be very costly!
If you look closely at the top shelf of my mess spice cabinet you will see 5 one cup bricks of Crisco! I do use Crisco but not so often to have so much!
I also found tons of Old Bay seasoning. I use it in the summer to add to a Low Country Boil. But I have a lot of it! How many container of Old Bay do you see?
I could have bought my organizing self for the cost of three large Old Bay containers! UGH!
And sweet friends, time is money! If I waste time searching and searching for something instead of working productively on my blog it’s very costly!
ARE YOU REALLY USING WHAT YOU HAVE
I really don’t like to waste food!
Spices, like so many other foods, have an expiration date. Not all expiration dates are labeled. But the potency of spices really diminishes after a time.
And don’t we all want to use food at its freshest?
Spices easily loose their strongest flavor after awhile. So it’s important to only buy and then use what you have!
How many years do you think it will take to use four containers of cream of tartar?
I bet by now I’ve convinced you that maybe it would be a good idea to take a good look at your spices!
HOW TO ORGANIZE A SPICE CUPBOARD
MAKE A PLAN!
Before I did one thing to organize my spices I made a plan!
It’s important to solve the problems that keep reoccurring like…
- being able to find everything easily
- being able to see everything and know what I have
- having room for everything
I decided to change the height of my shelves and forgo the fourth shelf in the cupboard. It was just too cramped to easily find my spices.
Then I measured the length and width of the cupboard because I wanted to add a simple spice organizer on two of the shelves.
And to maximize my space and make everything look nice I chose to use spice jars that would work in the organizer and all be the same.
You can see the spice jars I chose that came with a collapsible funnel HERE.
I found that the most common size spice jar is 4 oz. and my new jars held 4 oz. Yay!
EMPTY IT ALL OUT AND THROW IT OUT!
On organizing day I first took EVERYTHING out of the cupboard. And organized the content into groups.
THROW OUT ANYTHING THAT IS TOO OLD OR SPOILED OR BROKEN DOWN! Don’t keep what you will not use! Clutter makes our homes messy but it makes our minds even messier!
I threw out a lot!
The mason jars that worked so wonderfully in my pantry at StoneGable did not work so wonderfully at the Tanglewood House!
The space here I have for spices is totally different than at StoneGable.
Just because something worked great for you at one time does not mean it works great now! Lesson learned!
After pulling everything out of the cabinet I put them in groups…
- savory spices
- sweet spices
- baking items
This helped me see what I had, didn’t have and had too much of!
Grouping all the items in my spice cupboard let me see what did and did not belong there too!
CLEAN OUT THE CUPBOARD
The next thing I did was to wipe out the spice cupboard and lay down fresh drawer liner.
For me, this was the fun part! I really like to organize and make something pretty and useful!
PUTTING SPICES INTO NEW BOTTLES
So I emptied my various jars of spices into the new 4 oz. jars with shaker lids. Leftover spices were put in a labeled box in my pantry closet.
And I gave some away to my assistant.
One helpful tip is when you are transferring spices from their old jars into the new spice jars do it over a trash can or sink. It really saves clean-up!
ORGANIZING SPICES IN THE CUPBOARD
One of the best things I did to maximize the space in my spice cupboard and to make the spices easier to see and access was to add 3 TIERED EXPANDABLE METAL SPICE RACK ORGANIZER on a couple shelves.
Each shelf comfortable fit 18 alphabetized spice jars.
And there was a little extra room for a few jared items I use often!
The bottom shelf is done and organized and today my second shipment of 4 oz. glass bottles are arriving! So the middle shelf will look as organized and pretty as the bottom shelf!
What a difference!
I’m also working on putting all my pantry items in stackable containers. A post will be coming soon!
Look for more organizing posts all winter and a kitchen tour at the end of the month!
You might like this other organizing posts…
Make sure you see what my friends are organizing in their homes!