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Today we focus on spices, ooh la la! I’ve got some simple and quick tips for you when it comes to storing spices in a drawer.

Spice Drawer Tips and Organization | abrikliving.com
Spice Drawer Tips and Organization

Roses are red, violets are blue, I like sugar and spice how about you? Haha.

Continuing on with Part 4 of our Kitchen Organization Series, today we talk about the spice drawer.

Ever since I decided to move my spices into a drawer, I feel it has made my cooking process a lot more efficient. In other words, a lot more enjoyable.

Not to mention, since I’ve expanded my horizons with food, I’ve also added more spices along the way.

So, my spice drawer is right next to the stove, making my spices easily accessible.

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It would drive me crazy when I had to reach in the corners of my cabinet to find the spice I needed. This is why I recommend a spice drawer if you’re able to put one together in your kitchen.

Empty Space

First, before I start any organizing I like to start with a clean, empty space. This helps to give me a visual of the area that I’m working with.

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For my drawer, I purchased these spice drawer organizers at the Container Store to keep my spices from rolling around everywhere.

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They are about $12 each and you can find them here.

Measurements & Placement

I would recommend measuring your drawer first to make sure the organizers will fit because they are slightly raised.

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I measured the width and depth of my drawer, then took my tape measure with me to the Container Store and measured the organizers before purchasing them.

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Doing this can save you a few trips in making returns too.

Once my area is clean, I place the organizers in the drawer to see how they fit best.

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They aren’t the exact measurement of my drawer which I was ok with, and already prepared for because of my measurements in the beginning.

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I’ve learned along the way that measurements can really save you a lot of hassle and running around.

Spice Organization

Next, I line up my spices. Each organizer can hold about 12 spice jars if they are shaped like mine. I believe it would be the same for the square-like jars too.

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I do have an empty spot in my drawer at the moment because I forgot to buy some chili powder that I just ran out of.

But it’s a photo of my real life, I tend to forget something at the store even when I have it on the list. Would it make it better if I said I didn’t forget the ice cream though :).

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Spice Drawer Tips and Organization

I also put the spices in alphabetical order, but it starts at the bottom and works up. I guess an upside down alphabet if you really think about it.

But I do it this way because the spices at the bottom are the ones I use the most and can quickly grab.

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A tip I have to help save some money is making your own mix of spices. The Taco and Italian seasonings I make from scratch.

When I looked up the ingredients in each, I realized I already had the mixture of spices on hand.

So, I simply reused an empty spice jar and made the mix, all while saving about $3. Hey every little bit saved counts right?

Smaller & Bulk Spices

If you have way more spices than what would fit in your drawer, first kudos to you! I think a collection of spices is so awesome, shows the true cooks in us hehe.

Anyway back to the drawer, if all your spices don’t fit I would recommend maybe looking into the smaller ones that they sell at Whole Foods.

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I keep some in the back of my drawer, alongside some toothpicks.

I purchased the smaller ones for these spices because I don’t use them that often, but they were needed for a recipe or 2.

They are in plastic as opposed to the glass jars, which I prefer, but can help to save some space and they do pack a lot in there.

Now, if you tend to purchase spices in bulk I have a solution for that too.

When I buy Nutritional Yeast it only comes in one size, which is too big to fit in my drawer. So again, I reused an empty spice jar and refilled it with Nutritional Yeast.

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Once it gets low, I simply fill it up, while making a mess of course.

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And stick it back in the drawer. The bulk container I keep in a basket in my pantry.

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This way you can still buy bulk, save money, and reuse what you already have!

Bouillon Cubes

I use bouillon cubes to make Spanish rice and enhance the flavor or my soups. These are not necessarily a spice, but I keep them with my spices because that’s how my Momma does it.

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I keep them along the edge where there was some space left over, they fit perfectly.

An Organized Drawer

Now, we have an organized spice drawer that’s easy to access and fun to look at.

Spice Drawer Tips and Organization | abrikliving.com
Spice Drawer Tips and Organization

Where do you keep your spices? Is it in a drawer, cabinet, or somewhere else? Let me know in the comments below and I hope you find these tips helpful.

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