These Are Our Readers’ All-Time Favorite Spice-Organizing Solutions

updated Oct 15, 2019
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Fair warning: Things are about to get spicy up in here! If you’re an avid home cook (and we’re guessing you are because you’re on this site), your spice cabinet, drawer, or rack is probably overflowing with jars. And guess what? Ours are too.

Because we’re in perpetual pursuit of a perfectly organized spice situation around here, we thought we’d ask devoted Kitchn readers for their two cents on the matter. In the name of all things spicy, here are your best spice-organizing tips and tricks.

Alphabetize them … it makes it much easier to find what you need.” — Jennifer A.

“I saw this Rubbermaid Pull Down Spice Rack and fell in love. IT’S AMAZING.” — Debbie S.

“I have wire shelves mounted on the inside of my pantry door from top to bottom. When I open the door, I can view all my spices at once.” — Susan H.

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“I arrange them by frequency of usage. The ones I use most are in front and the more seldom-used ones go in the back.” — Sergio M.

“I use mini 4-ounce Mason jars, label each lid, and alphabetize them in a kitchen drawer; that way, they are organized and easy to locate.” — Susan M.

“I have a drawer for savory spices, with the label up so I can read them. My sweet spices go in the cupboard with my baking things.” — Linda I.

The Spicy Shelf Deluxe system is amazing.” — Vicki A.

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“I use a lazy Susan and put short bottles on the outside edge and tall stuff in the center.” — Merin C.

Write a date on everything when you buy it, otherwise it becomes a cabinet of very expensive, tasteless dust.” — Bradley W.

“A chaotic mess. No rhyme. No reason.” — Glenn F. (Thanks for your honesty, Glenn!)

Do you have an ingenious spice organization solution? Tell us in the comments below!