Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, cofounders of The Home Edit, reveal their clever recipe for spice storage.

By Tamara Kraus
Updated October 25, 2018
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Sugar, spice, and everything nice—except it’s not so lovely when your spice cabinet is jumbled. So what’s the best way to keep your spice collection in sight and on hand when you need to add a dash of thyme or a hint of cinnamon on the fly while you’re whipping up your favorite recipe? Whether you have a traditional spice cabinet, a utensil drawer, or even a tabletop catchall tray, there’s a way to streamline any storage space. From making it easier to spot your spices to knowing when to check the expiration date on the bottle, keep these genius ideas in mind to make cooking in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable. We tapped organizing experts Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, cofounders of The Home Edit, to reveal their favorite recipe for spice storage.

1. Grab and Go

Display kitchen staples, like olive oil and black pepper, on a trivet or tray near the stove and add any other spices you use every day.

2. Decant and Label

Eliminate the visual clutter of brand logos and variously sized jars by transferring spices into transparent, uniform containers. Affix a label to the front or lid of each jar to quickly identify the contents.

To buy: 3 oz. Glass Spice Bottles, from $1.50; containerstore.com.
Round EZ Labels, $4 for 100; containerstore.com.

3. Store Within Reach

Stash your spices near the stove so they’re on hand as you cook. If you’re low on cabinet space, consider using a drawer instead. A tiered drawer organizer prevents your jars from rolling around.

To buy: InterDesign Linus In-Drawer Spice Rack, $12; containerstore.com.

4. Find the Right Order

Make it easy to locate the flavor you need by arranging spices alphabetically. Alternatively, think about how and what you like to cook and group spices accordingly (for example, have one row of pasta spices, one row of baking spices, and so on).

5. Take Stock

Write the expiration date on the bottom of each jar when you decant your spices. Twice a year, check the dates and replace as needed.

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