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Is Your Spice Cabinet Organized?

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muse2323 muse2323 7 years
They're loosely in alphabetical order, though the ones I use most often are right at the front. I keep them in my cupboard, which has sliding shelves, and I've labeled them all on top with a Sharpie to easy locating.
limelightqueen limelightqueen 7 years
I picked yes because even though my spice cabinet isn't exactly organized it's not not organized (does the make any sense?) I have my basic herbs and spices in the door, it would be alphabetized but no one else in my house gives a crap about whether or not the spice cabinet is organized, so it's not. The specialty stuff (zata'ar or saffron threads for instance) is kept on the top shelf.
syako syako 7 years
I have two lazy susans and the spices are organized by a category system I made. One lazy susan: All the spicy spices (i.e. cayenne, chili powder, red pepper flakes, etc) Then middle eastern (cumin, coriander, turmeric, etc.) Baking-ish spices (cinnamon, baking soda, pumpkin pie, etc.) Herbs (dried herbs and mixes like herbs de provence) And then on the other lazy susan: Eastern (soy, teriyaki, etc.) Vinegars (balsamic, sherry wine, etc.) Oils/marinades Others (corn starch, corn meal, etc). I find this easier than alphabetical because usually most recipes will fall into a category with a few strays here and there.
flavacrisp flavacrisp 7 years
Not organized, but I can usually find everything quickly.
cantdecide cantdecide 7 years
I've got a Spice Stack that is an organizer for the cabinet. It holds a ton of spice bottles from the grocery store, so its nice that I don't have to transfer spices or use whatever came with the rack (yuk!). My Spice Stack solution was a quick way to get all the spices I already owned organized. And you know, I actually use my spices more now that I know what I have :-)
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 7 years
Not organized per se...most frequently used in front section of the drawer, less so are toward the back.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
nope never
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 7 years
I bought this hanging shelf system and put it on my pantry door for spices. The bottom shelf are savoury spices and start with Indian spices and then move to chiles and some Latin spices, then the next shelf is all of my herbs, then the top shelf is sweet spices. So nice and organized!
PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Yes, mine is organized by what I use the most and size.
nariyal nariyal 7 years
I organize mine by color too... I've never tried any other way.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I wish I had the drawer space in my current kitchen to organize my spices my favorite way. I would alphabetize the jars upright in a drawer within arm's reach of the stove, and then place stickers on the lids with the contents written on them.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Yes, alpha for spices on lazy susans (I have 3 large ones), salts have their own section (different area of kitchen on slider cabinet just for spices), oils and vinegars same same - alpha. I'm lucky enough to have had my kitchen enlarged in my tiny home. It's the biggest room in the house and totally organized. Hubby and I both cook, so it must be. My cans are also alpha.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
My spice cabinet gives me a headache. Actually, I have two cabinets devoted to spices, and they used to be alphabetical - not since I moved. Now, they're just crazy.
jessicaeden jessicaeden 7 years
alphabetically . . . I'm such a nerd!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Yes. I'm a little OCD when it comes to my kitchen. Everything has to be in the right place so I can open my cabients and find stuff with my eyes closed.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
I tried alphabetically, but that just meant reorganizing them after every use. Instead, I group the salts, the herbs, etc. with the baking spices on a separate shelf. I also keep a printed list of my spices, oils and vinegars (alphabetically) on the cabinet and on my work computer which speeds up cross referencing when I'm looking at recipes.
LeslieLaFleur LeslieLaFleur 7 years
Chiefdishwash is my hero. I will now follow in her footsteps and purchase 2 (maybe 3, i have a lot of spices and spice blends) lazy susans and alphabetize.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
2 "lazy susans" store my spices in alphabetical order....I got tired of spending 15 minutes looking for spices I knew I had! The most used letter.....C by far.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
My is not organized, but it's driving me absolutely insane.
lauren lauren 7 years
My spices are not organized but last year, I decided to organize all of my oils and vinegars since I have a ton! I bought bottles of Trader's Joe Balsamic Vinegar and dumped all of the vinegar into wine bottles. I filled those bottles with all of the different kinds of oils and vinegars I had. Organized all of the bottles on two shelves in my kitchen. I love not having a bunch of bottles all over the counter!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
Not even close. I have a ton of spices and most of them are in a cabinet but it's certainly not organized. I also keep my most used herbs & spices on a shelf next to the stove. One day I'll make it purty.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
It's not now, pretty much because we live in a teeny tiny apartment and there's not much cabinet or counterspace to spare in the galley kitchen. But we're moving into our new house soon with a much bigger kitchen. I'd love to start keeping old baby food jars or mini canisters for all my spices, and have them out on a shelf.
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