Organization

10 Minute Organization: The Spice Cabinet

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Have you ever started to use a spice (like paprika, cinnamon or Italian seasoning) and then realized it was expired? This happens so easily because many spices expire long before you reach the end of the supply! A few weeks ago I decided to check the expiration dates on all my spices and found a cream of tartar that expired in 2005. It’s clearly been a long time since I made snickerdoodles!

I also noticed that my spice organizer needed to be cleaned out, so I pulled it out of the cabinet and just washed it with soap and water. I wiped off all the containers and decided to re-organize the way they were stored in the drawers. Since I don’t have loads of spices, I grouped them by type. Each drawer holds spices that I typically reach for at the same time – the three most often being garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning. I used to have all three of those on different drawers. Now instead of pulling all three drawers open, I only need to open one.

Most of my organizing products come from the Dollar Tree, but I really do love my spice organizer from Bed Bath and Beyond! It fits perfectly in the cabinet by my stove. I used my label maker for the current labels on the front, but I’ve also hand-written the spices on plain labels in the past. I do like these labels a little better because unlike paper ones, they can be wiped clean.

Sometimes the smallest things make a huge difference! You might not find this system to be the best for you, but I challenge you to just look at your spices to see if there’s a way you could make them work better for you! I love the way Laura utilized her “hard working” Susan to organize her stash of spices – check it out here! If nothing else, check those expiration dates and make sure your cream of tartar isn’t 13 years old.  🙂


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6 thoughts on “10 Minute Organization: The Spice Cabinet

  1. First of all, your organizational skills just astound me. I mean, I don’t even know where to start. Organizing causes something to kind of snap in my brain, lol. Luckily I have friends who love to help me figure things out. My whole kitchen is organized thanks to a few friends who simply love sharing their gift with others! How nice is that? I’m also very jealous of your label maker. I think that would be a helpful tool for homeschooling. I’m going to have to look into that!

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  2. Good system!! I cleaned out my spices last year and was shocked to find some were very expired. I organize my spices by main course and dessert in a cabinet by the stove. I just use them in the store containers unless it’s something bigger like baking soda and that has its own jar.

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    1. Snickerdoodles……..you need to make more snickerdoodles! And yes, I’m referring to the cream of tarter…. ps: love the spice organizer; may have to check that one out!

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