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How to Organize Spices

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Say goodbye to cluttered cabinets and disorganized drawers and make cooking a breeze when you learn how to organize spices! We’ll share our favorite storage options, tips, and more.

Radwa holding a spice jar while alia is looking down at the jars

Why You’ll Love Spice Organization

If you’re like us, you dread opening your spice drawer or cabinet! Ours was a cluttered mess of jars and containers that made cooking ten times harder than it should be. However, when we began organizing our kitchen with utensil organizers and plastic bag organizers, we knew we couldn’t ignore the spices any longer. It was time to tackle our fears! So, we went on a mission to find the absolute best methods of organizing spices for an Instagram-worthy cabinet that makes cooking a breeze! Lucky for you, we’re sharing the best of the best with you. 

Save tons of time and trial and error with our favorite storage options, tools, and tricks. Pick your favorite, find what works for you, and learn how to organize your spices for a drawer or cabinet you can be proud of! Just don’t blame us when you feel compelled to begin decluttering your entire kitchen (and maybe even house). If you do jump on the organization trend, we’d love to see your spices. So, be sure to tag us (@fooddolls) on Instagram! 

close up of jars in the cabinet
wide view of spice cabinet
Spice Cabinet

How to Organize Spices

Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite tools and methods of organization to help you declutter your cabinets no matter how big or small! We’ve even got a few tips to make your process extra efficient. Mix and match your favorites to find what works best for your kitchen and lifestyle. 

overhead image of a clear container with the black top next to it full of garlic powder with a black label reading garlic powder

Tools

Bottles – Olive Oil and vinegar all need the perfect bottle! You know us, they all have to match too! 😉

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Salt and Pepper – Everyone keeps the essentials out on the table. For us it’s salt and pepper….more specifically, they HAVE to be freshly ground!

Modern
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Spice Jars – Probably one of the best things you can do to improve the look of your spices is to use matching spice jars. Don’t forget to buy extras for when the kids break one or two.

Black Bamboo Spice Jars
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Bins or Wire Baskets – Probably the fastest way to organize your spices and get them in one place is to place them in some kind of bins or wire baskets. This way, you can easily keep them all together, and you don’t have to go looking in random drawers.  

Hanging Spice Rack – If you have limited space, consider purchasing a hanging spice rack that you can easily drape over a pantry door. This way all your spices are organized and upright, preventing spillage and allowing for easy use.  

3-Tier Bamboo Expanding Spice Shelf

As beautiful as it is practical, the Shelf expands from 12" to 23" in width to custom fit your cabinet space, countertops or pantry shelves.

 

Drawer Inserts – Don’t overlook your shallow drawers! Instead of stuffing them with junk, try out drawer inserts. These will lift up your spices and hold them in place. As a result, you can easily see them all at once and keep them out of bigger spaces where they’re likely to get lost and messy.  

Lazy Susan – If you have a large cabinet or want to keep your spices in sight and handy, we love arranging them on a lazy susan! Not only can you make them look super cute and decorative, but they’re so nice to have nearby when cooking all your favorite dinners

Divided Lazy Susan

The big surprise: this solid wood organizer is super light. Easy on shelves and countertops, it's a breeze to use. A removable divider lets you create multiple compartments for sorting and organizing contents.

 
full front view of the spice cabinet with olive oils. Kitchen aid mixer on the counter

Tips

Organize Alphabetically – If you have your spices arranged in a row, try organizing them alphabetically like they do in the store! This way you can easily locate what you need and don’t have to waste time sorting. 

Sort By Category We love this method when storing spices in bins. If you’ve got the room try sorting spices into common categories such as Mexican, Thai, and baking. Then, depending on what you’re cooking, you can just grab a single bin and have everything you need!

Add Labels – Last but certainly not least, add labels to everything no matter how you choose to store your spices! Seriously, it’s a game-changer. For instance, if you’re storing them standing up in a bin or drawer, try using these large jars and accompanying stickers to place on top. Or, if you’re going for a super aesthetic feel, transfer all of your spices to little clear jars, and add these labels to the front. Either way, your spice organization will look super expensive and like you spent tons of time. However, in reality, it only takes a couple of minutes and a few bucks!

Minimalist Pantry Label Set
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a clear bottle full of garlic powder with a black label on the front

Recipes to Use

Alright, now that you’ve learned how to organize your spices, you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging with nothing to make, did you?! Put your organization methods to the test with these flavor-packed recipes. 

  • One of our favorite foods, Koshari is an Egyptian national dish and popular street food. 
  • A classic dish, this Moroccan Zaalouk Recipe is made with healthy vegetables, fresh herbs, and spices for a flavorful plant-based option.
  • Skip the store-bought packets, and make your own Taco Seasoning from scratch with this easy blend!   
  • Cooked in the oven or air fryer, these Beef Kofta Meatballs are delicious, spicy, and so easy to make.
hand grabbing the spice jars in cabinet

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