Organizing Your Spice Cabinet – Step # 3

Organizing Your Spice Cabinet – Step # 3

If you’ve been following my adventure to get my spice cabinet organized, then you’ll be glad to hear that my project is finally completed.

Note: I mention some of the organizers I personally ordered for my project. The links are affiliate links. If you plan to order an organizer, please consider using the link to help support Crabby Housewife. I only recommend items I’ve personally used and find superior.

The Equipment

The organizers I chose were two of the Copco 2555-0188 Non-Skid 3-Tier Cabinet Organizer and the Copco 2555-0187 Non-Skid 2-Tier Cabinet Turntable. Let me mention that I loved the turntable. It spins very smoothly and is the perfect size. Unfortunately, my cabinet setup did not allow me to use it as it was too tall.

Instead, I broke it into two pieces and threw out the legs that convert it into a two-tier setup. Now, I have one circular holder that does not spin and one that does. I chose to put the additional spices I wanted to get off my counter on the spinning one as I use those the most and I put extra containers of salt and food dye on the one that does not spin as I use those very infrequently.

Organizing the Spices

Here are some tips that will help you organize your spices. These are things I learned along the way.

  • Before you start placing the spices back in your cabinet, remove the cat. Or maybe that was just my household with our very curious young cat we have.
  • Separate the spices by height. I had bottles of things like red pepper flakes and parsley that were very tall. I grouped those together. I also grouped the short tins together.
  • Put the tall items on the back shelf. Even if you use these frequently, you don’t want to cover up another spice and have to always move things around to see where the spice you need is hiding. The goal is to make it so you can look at the shelves and immediately see the spice you’re seeking.
  • Put medium sized jars and cans on the middle shelf, short on the bottom shelf and tubes and tiny stuff in front if you have space.

What to Do If You Have Multiple Jars of Spices

organized spice cabinetHave more than one can of the same spice? I tend to stockpile and I had two black pepper cans, two cinnamon, etc. First, make a commitment here and now that you’re going to stop buying way ahead of what you need. There is only so much room to store things and there really isn’t a reason to have three of the same spice as they take a long time to use up anyway. More than likely, the spice will grow stale on you before you use it.

Next, see if you have just a tiny bit left in any of the containers. You might be able to combine containers so you only have a single one instead of two or three. I was able to do this with my garlic powder. I had a tiny bit in one jar, so I just poured it over into the other and threw the empty jar away.

With the black pepper tins and the cinnamon tins, I was able to stack two cans on one shelf. As I empty the one, I will change this by not stockpiling so much at once.

Keeping Spice Cabinet Organized

As you can see from the pictures, my spice cabinet looks 100 times better than it did. You can actually see what is in there and not have things falling out on your head when you reach for something.

Keeping it organized can be a bit more of a challenge. I’m going to insist that people put things back where they get them and only take out one item at a time so there is no confusion. Also, when I have to replace a spice, the canister will need to be the same size as what is currently there. Otherwise, I risk things being too tall to see around or having to reorganize. No worries, though. You can always empty a new container into an empty old container.

I wish you the best of luck with reorganizing your spice cabinet. It is a big job, but it is so satisfying to see the end result and it makes cooking much easier.




Organizing Your Spice Cabinet – Step # 1

Organizing Your Spice Cabinet – Step # 1

We have been doing some decluttering recently. With any house, after you live there a few years, things just collect. We’ve been here 11 years, so we’ve collected a LOT of clutter over that time – again. My first project in 2016? To organize my spice cabinet.

I have a ton of spices. I like to cook. I like to try  new things, new spices, new creations. However, that also means my cabinet looks like the picture above. Yep. It is rather horrifying. In addition to that, I have a round spice holder on my counter top that I’d like to get rid of because my kitchen counters need to be decluttered as well.

I thought you might enjoy sharing this journey with me as I explore the best way to get this cabinet organized. I’m sure many of you are suffering from messy cabinet syndrome as well, although likely you are more organized than the picture above. This is my cabinet at its worst ever.

spice carouselSo, the first step is cutting the clutter. When it comes to spices, they do have a shelf life. In addition, when I bought my spice rack, it came with some blends that I never use or rarely use. It’s time for them to go. Yet, I love the little round spice jars the set came with, so I will be keeping those to put some of those canned spices in.

Things that can go:

  • Spices you’ve not used in six months. Sure, it sounded like a great idea to buy that special salt and seasoning blend I read about on a blog, but I have used it once, didn’t like it and never touched it again. Bye-bye.
  • Sprinkles galore. I had so many sprinkles in that mess. So many. I rarely use these. I threw them out save one. I’ll buy more if I need them, but since Christmas is often the only time I even use the sprinkles on cookies, why keep them around another year?
  • Do you see the three containers of salt? No way do I need THREE in my cabinet. I removed two and put them back in my stockpile, leaving just one.
  • I had a bunch of multiple containers of the same spice. Many were nearly empty. I threw out the empty ones. Yes, I could have been really frugal and poured those into another container, but they were likely stale anyway.
  • There were some packages of mixes for tacos and chili that I threw out. As you probably remember from a recent post of mine on making your own taco seasoning, I’ve decided those packets are really unhealthy for my family and am making my own seasoning now.

Now that everything is inventoried and things thrown away, I will move on to Step # 2 – choosing organizers. Check back tomorrow to read more about my spice cabinet organization adventure. You can also sign up for my newsletter to get updates on new articles each Friday straight to your email box.