The Definitive Guide to Organizing Your Spices

Ariana Cuadra
Savory Spice Team
Savory Spice Shop

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The Definitive Guide to Organizing Your Spices

If you love to cook, you know how important it is to have your spices, herbs, and seasonings within reach. We all know what it’s like to have spice jars tumbling out of your cabinet or cramped in drawers. Not only is it unsightly, but it can make it difficult to quickly find what you need. We’ve put together all our best tips for keeping your beloved spices neat and organized!

Organize Alphabetically by Theme

Here at Savory Spice, we organize our spices alphabetically and by theme. To make this easier for you, our labels are all colored differently to reflect our 10 categories of seasonings, from Herbs to World Flavors. Whether you have a spice rack, cabinet, or drawer dedicated to spices, grouping your seasonings by color/category will drastically reduce the amount of time you spend looking for the cumin.

Keep Your Favorites Separate

If there are a handful of seasonings you use more than others, keep them separate in a special place for everyday use. Just remember, heat and sunlight will cause spices to lose their potency, so storing them near the oven or window is a big no-no. (Read our blog on keeping your spices fresh!)

Make it Work for You!

A lot of people opt to buy their own empty spice containers and decant their spices into them for a clean, uniform look. Containers come in many shapes, sizes, and styles that can work for any kitchen space. Our standard-size 1/2 cup jars may be best for you, but sometimes shorter square containers work better for drawers or you may prefer shorter, wider circular jars that stack perfectly on your spice rack. Find the shape that’s right for you and stock up for all your future spice organizing needs.

Decanted spices

Label Everything

Sure, our new colored label system will help tremendously. But what if you can only see the tops of the jars in your drawer? Or you’ve decided to go the decanting route? Labels, labels, labels.

Like containers, there’s a whole world of labels out there. An ideal oval that fits on the top of your new square jar, or a chalkboard label that can be wiped clean and rewritten when you replace those dill seeds with cumin seeds...the possibilities are endless. You can even take it to the next level and use different colored pens or markers to match our color categories!

And if you don’t want to handwrite on labels, find an option with an easy-to-use template. Avery has a wide variety of label sizes and templates that make it simple to print a set of labels for your personal spice collection.

Do you have a favorite way to organize your spices? Share it with us in the comments!


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