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 this spice organizer! 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.
I registered for that spice rack in 2010 and it is no longer sold at Bed Bath & Beyond – here’s a similar one on Amazon that might even be easier to keep 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. 🙂