I reorganized the herbs and spice cabinet a couple years ago but recently did a sort and toss of any old herbs and spices, cleaned it out, and thought you might like to see it for a little inspiration. Looking for the products I used? Everything’s linked up below the post where it says ‘shop the post’.
Here’s how I tackled this space to completely clean and organize it.
Quick clean and toss:
- Remove everything – place everything on a counter or table while you are sorting and organizing.
- Check expiration dates and/or give them the smell test – if they don’t smell like the spice they are, they are probably too old. The general rule of thumb is about a year for herbs and spices. Some spices and spice blends may last 1-3 years – spices don’t spoil, but they lose their potency, if they have a nice strong aroma, chances are they are still good.
- Wipe down the shelves and dry thoroughly. I like to use a microfiber cloth for wiping down cupboards and shelves.
I find it helpful to keep olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and garlic salt out on the counter as you can see below. This makes it easier come prep time so I don’t need to look for anything.
QUICK TIP: Keep your spices to a minimum to avoid too many spices that never get used. I like to keep the blends to a minimum too just to keep things simple.
Sort and arrange:
This step really depends on the amount of space you have and how much you have to store. I keep my herbs on on shelf with little risers to elevate them up a bit and all my baking goods go on another shelf with turntables for easy access. You can easily do one or the other or do both like I did. Another idea would be to use small plastic bins with handles and pull the whole thing out when you’re needing the herbs or spices.
Sort by baking and cooking, alphabetize (if you want to) and put away.
I use canning jars for storing everything from baking soda to cupcake liners.
So tell me? Does your spice cabinet need a little revamp? What’s your plan to make your herb and spice cabinet work for you?