If you have a spice rack or a spice drawer I’m sure there are times when there is no rhyme or reason to the organization of it. I say this because just last week I had to take some time to organize my own spice rack. It’s hard to tell someone how to organize your spices, because we’re all different. What works for me might not work well for you. However, I’ve got 2 ideas for you on how to organize your spices. Maybe one of them will work for you.
Before we start organizing, let’s talk about some ways to make your spice rack more aesthetically pleasing. First, if you can, buy the same brand of spice. That way all the bottles or containers look the same. If you buy your spices in bulk, consider purchasing glass jars like these for your spices. They’re airtight so everything will stay fresh, but they’re also pleasing to look at.
The first potential way to organize your spices is pretty obvious: alphabetically. It’s very easy to start with Basil and Bay Leaves on the left and work your way to Za’atar on the right. This method is tried and true and works for all spices.
However, if you’re an adventurous cook who loves to try recipes from around the globe, you can consider organizing your spices by type of cuisine. There will be some that fall into multiple categories. For these you can add a “general” section if you wish. For example, you can put your basil, garlic and red pepper flakes with Italian spices and your curry powder and garam masala with Indian spices. This works best if you have a lot of very specific spices. If you have the basics with just a few interesting ones thrown in, you might want to stick with the top option.
Finally, consider your spice space. Do you have a terraced spice rack in a cabinet? For that it’s sometimes best to just organize by size: largest bottles on the top row, smallest ones on the bottom row. If you have a shelf or two that you use for spices you have more options for HOW to organize them. Even in a drawer you sometimes end up sort-of organizing one way but also considering size of containers. This is another reason why we suggest having all the same containers; it makes organizing that much easier.
We hope these tips on how to organize your spices will help you get that spice rack under control! One final tip: if you have had it for more than a year, it probably has lost most of its flavor and needs to be tossed.