Organizing your spice cabinet is a quick and easy project that should take 30 minutes or less once you’ve gathered your supplies (turntable, risers bins, etc.) The secret to spice cabinet organization is creating zones based on the frequency of use as well as grouping items together by flavor profile or type.
Step 1: Empty the cabinet and go through your spices. Throw out anything that has expired or smells rancid. Purge spices you never use or don’t like.
Step 2: Group your spices according to flavor profile (savory, spicy, sweet, etc.) or type (Italian seasonings, meat marinades, baking spices, etc.)
Step 3: Identify which spices you use most often. This step is very important. This will determine which zone they go in.
Step 4: Establish your zones. Zone 1 should be easiest to see and access. This is where your most frequently used spices go. Zone 2 will be less frequently used and so on and so forth.
Step 5: Set up your turntables, risers, bins, etc. to help divide the space and maintain groups. (See suggested products list for tips on which to use where.) Place everything back in the cabinet and you’re done!
A note about decanting: Consider decanting your spices and oils. Decanting makes it much easier to buy in bulk and allows you to quickly see when you are running low. Sometimes shelf height influences where items go, which is another reason why decanting is such a great idea. You can purchase bottles that fit your shelves and place items where you want regardless of manufacturer packaging.