Organizing Your Spice Cabinet – Step # 2
Now that you’ve decluttered your collection of spices, keeping only the ones you actually use an that are still fresh, it is time to figure out how you’ll organize your spices. As I started to research this, I felt completely overwhelmed. There are a wide variety of spice organizers on the market and there are DIY ideas out there, too.
Most Useful Organizers
I narrowed it down to some of the most useful organizers as I was doing my search. Note that while some of these organizers have affiliate links, I have only included the ones I think would work well. If you do decide to order, the affiliate links help support Crabby Housewife.
First up is the Spicy Shelf Patented Spice Rack and Stackable Organizer. I seriously considered this one as a way to organize both bottles and cans with some space in front for salt or vinegar, etc.
Ultimately, I did decide against this one. I wasn’t sure it would fit well with the way my cabinets are set up and I wanted to ensure I could use my space to the best of my ability. However, it is very reasonable at only $9.99. If you have a lot of spices, you might need two of them.
Pull Down Spice Stacker
I like the neat appearance of YouCopia Chef’s Edition SpiceStack 30-Bottle Spice Organizer. Even inside the cabinet, it makes my OCD happier. However, there were a couple of draw backs for my spice collection.
I would have had to purchase bottles as cans wouldn’t fit. I don’t want to invest that much in my organization project, because I’m cheap.
I also wasn’t overly thrilled with the price as I’d need two of them minimum. This spice rack would work great for someone with only a handful of spices they use frequently, though. The cost is $39.99 and it is Prime eligible.
3-Tier Stacking Organizer
The Copco 2555-0188 Non-Skid 3-Tier Cabinet Organizer is the one I ultimately went with along with another one, which I’ll share in a minute. The reason I went with this one is because it is simple and makes use of both upper and lower space in my cabinet.
I also like that I can stacks cans and bottles on it and that I can put the spices I used most often in front, but still see what is in the back. This one runs $7.99. I ordered two.
2-Tier Cabinet Turntable
I also ordered the Copco 2555-0187 Non-Skid 2-Tier Cabinet Turntable. I thought this was the perfect compliment to my spice organizers, because I can store salts, sprinkles and some other things that are harder to organizer on this turntable. I can easily spin it to locate what I need at any given time.
I’m also thinking of ordering one of these to organize my medicine cabinet, which is my next project. It looks about like my spice cabinet and I can’t find anything.
This turntable runs $12.99, so is still very reasonable.
Magnetic Spice Tins
Stainless Steel Magnetic Containers Multipurpose Spice Tin Rack Perfect Kitchen Storage 6 Piece Set looks like a good one to start with and runs $19.95 for the set. I’ve added it to my wish list.
The reason I was considering these was I was thinking about placing a magnetic board inside my cabinet and attaching them there. I love the way they look, how easy they are to organize (you can also stick on the side of your fridge or on your stove, although heat can destroy spices, so not sure about that one), and that they have both a shaker and a pourer on the lid which you twist to access.
However, my concerns with these came from the reviews I read. First, people said that they were not air tight and that moisture got in and hardened their spices. I can’t stand that. Next, they aren’t very large, holding about 2 ounces each. That means I’d still have my jars with the additional spices to store. So, my storage solution wouldn’t take care of my messy cabinet.
I still really like these, though, and likely will order them and use them for something. They are just so cute, aren’t they?
As you can see, deciding which spice organizer to use is no easy task. Which one works best for me may not work best for you. A lot will depend on they setup of your kitchen and how many spices you have as well as what types of containers they are in.
Once my organizers arrive, I will share the finished project with you in photos. If you aren’t already signed up for my newsletter, I send out a weekly update of new articles so you never have to miss an update.