Organizing Spices

Spices can quickly take up more space in your kitchen than you may have intended. Keeping your spices organized helps to reduce their storage footprint and makes them easier to locate while you are cooking. This is a guide about organizing spices.

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I was at my friend Erin's house for dinner over the weekend and I noticed she had her spice tins displayed in this super creative way. She bought rare earth style magnets at Fred Meyer and stuck all her spice tins to the side of her fridge using 2 magnets per tin. Spice Tins on Fridge

Magnetic spice tins are really popular right now, but require buying a whole new set. Erin said she really liked the idea and had been thinking of purchasing them until she realized all her spices were all ready in tins. Spice Tins on Fridge

Another great tip she shared with me is that she turns the tins around when they are empty so she knows to buy more of that spice to fill the tin back up. Spice Tins on Fridge

This is a great way to organize your spice tins up and out of the way. I also love the way they look displayed on the side of the fridge.

    Spice Tins on Fridge
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    I found these baby bottle carousels at a garage sale. They looked brand new. They are used to dry or store your baby bottles or can be used to store baby food jars, and they are made on a turntable. These are wonderful for my spices. I did see these in the baby stores for about $20.00. Look at yard sales and thrift stores first.

    Bottle Carousels for Organizing Spices
      Bottle Carousels for Organizing Spices
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      Keep all the spice bottles in the cabinet drawer which is very close to your stove. The upper left side drawer is a really convenient place to keep all the spices. When you are cooking it is easily accessible and visible. No need to search in wall cabinet which has one behind the other and can be time consuming.

      By Geetha from Alpharetta

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      I like buying those plastic spice bottles that are so inexpensive, $0.48 to $0.99 each. They come in so many choices for all your baking and cooking needs.

      Photo of using recycled containers to organize spices.

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      I saved an old tin foil or a plastic wrap box and put it in the back of my spice cabinet. That way I can put some of the spices at a higher level and they don't get pushed into the back of the cabinet.

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      My family thinks I'm a bit of a psycho because I alphabetize my spices! However, you wouldn't believe how much time this saves when cooking! It cuts the time previously spent looking for a certain spice, down to next to nothing.

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      Watch the video to discover a simple way to organize your spice tins.

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      My brother gave me a spice rack which holds nearly all my spices. I used a label maker and labeled the top of each jar. This particular rack hangs on the wall with the jars at an angle, so I can read the labels.

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      When spices go on sale, I buy extra and store them in the little shelves in my freezer. I have also discovered that the little jars/bottles of spices are the best buy, as the larger bottles of spices lose their strength.

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