If you buy dried herbs and spices from bulk bins, you know your collection of little goodie bags can turn into a cluttered mess pretty quickly. Here’s a simple, low-cost way to organize your stash for good.
Empty kitchen drawer
Multi-purpose removable labels
Drawer insert (optional)
- Count your herbs and spices to get an idea of how many jars you need.
- Measure the inside dimensions of your drawer: length, width, and height.
- Shop a kitchen store online or in person to see how many of what size jars you can fit into the drawer. Pro tip: If you can shop in person, make a paper template of your drawer and bring it to the store with you. Line up the jars right on your template. Remember to measure the height.
- Label the jars. I used removable labels because they’re super-cheap and I can write what I want on them. You can also spring for printed labels. Put the label on the top or side depending on whether your jars stand up or lie down.
- Arrange at will. I alphabetize. You’ll find a system that works best for you.
- Optional. Drawer inserts. They keep the jars from moving around when you open and close the drawer, and they can help carve out extra space for scissors, twine, and spices you can’t buy in bulk. (Don’t limit yourself to shopping what’s in the kitchen section; the inserts I found were actually made for holding socks.)
You May Ask Yourself...
Why store herbs in a kitchen drawer? Dried herbs and spices keep their flavor longer when you store them away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight. If you do store spices in a cupboard, make sure it’s well away from the stove.
Can I just use a ready-made spice drawer organizer? Sure, if you’ve got the space. But after measuring and calculating, I found that my kitchen drawer was too small for most organizers and, more importantly, I could accommodate many more jars by simply standing them up straight. More spice for me!
Now that my herbs and spices are better organized, it's easier to know what I have on hand for some of my favorite recipes:
Cheers for good times in the kitchen!