I organized my spices today. Recently, I kept thinking that I needed ginger. I bought ginger only to find a brand new bottle with my spices. Plus, I always have to dig through a basket of spices and never know if I’ll find what I need.
Previously, I had them in a drawer and on two shelves. Now, I have them in a drawer and on one shelf. Here are some pictures. You can see in the first one how hard it is to find anything. You have to lift up every spice to see what it is.
First, I put all of my spices in alphabetical order. I put half full bottles together. I chose larger spice bottles whenever possible. The white ones in the picture above are too narrow to fit my teaspoon inside. It’s quite annoying. Every time I buy spices now, I try to get the biggest, cheapest container. That way, my measuring spoons will fit inside and I’ll have enough to contribute properly to my food storage. Some of my spices had hardened into lumps, so I threw those out. I washed and dried the white-lidded jars so that I could reuse them.
I had some spices in baggies and others in very short containers. I put those in the empty white-lidded jars. I also used my label maker to label the tops. See below.
Next, I put all of the non white-lidded jars in a tupperware container. That’s when I noticed that I had no idea what each spice was unless I picked it up. So, I labeled the top of each spice jar with a marker. If the lid was too dark, I used my label maker.
Now, my spices are much more organized. If I don’t see the spice I need in the drawer, I’ll pull down the tupperware container off the shelf and check the lids to find my spice. Hooray!
So, I organized my spices by shopping at home first. I didn’t go out and buy a fancy, new spice organizational system (although I’ve looked – they’re too expensive to get the larger-mouthed containers that I want in the quantity that I need, even if I bought them wholesale online). My spices are much more organized (even if they don’t look that glamorous) and it didn’t cost a cent!