Efficient Kitchen Storage Tips and Solutions

Do you need to get your Spices Organized All in One Place but you don’t know where to Begin! You can find the How to Organize Your Spice Drawer the Solution to that problem plus so much More. 

Sylvan Kitchen

As I reflect on the transformation of my kitchen, I am truly thankful for my current Kitchen drawers even when I moved in but OH NOW… after the Kitchen remodel, I couldn’t be more pleased. I am like a child with a new toy….. I want everyone to see it.  Are you a tad bit like this….then we have a lot in common.  We should be proud of our efforts and be willing to share our accomplishments with others so that they too can have beauty, organization and no stress… From learning drain unclogging DIY tips to knowing how to keep a kitchen clutter-free, it’s all so important, and perhaps most important of all is organization.

Kitchen Spice Organizing

Amidst all these endeavors, one thing remains paramount: organization. It’s the backbone of a stress-free home environment. And now, with the latest addition to my kitchen arsenal, maintaining order has become even more effortless. As I continue on this journey of creating beauty and functionality within my home, I’m excited to share my experiences and discoveries with others, knowing that together, we can inspire and uplift one another.

When I was planning the Kitchen Remodel I knew it was going to require looking at all space being used and how could I get maximum utilization of all drawers, counters and even wall space.  This was the Challenge that was before me, I really had fun doing it and it was relative simple and cost effective.   

messy spice cabineet

When I began to organize the spice drawer it made me accountable for what I actually use and helped with the purging. 
There are so many different ideas and tools to choose from, this is the one I chose and I don’t regret it.
It seems no matter what we do it somehow involves Purging  and more PURGING.
If I could only keep up with it…. it would make life so much easier.  

Is there such a thing as being really Organized? I don’t think that is even remotely possible.

Sharing My Organizing Item

Once I got started I have to admit it was fun and so rewarding after it was all done.

It is so much easier to know exactly where the spice is and putting it in Alphabetical Order is the best way to find what you are looking for “at a Glance”.

Kitchen Organizing Spices Amazon

Common Question Asked By Readers

How Long Can I Keep Spices?

I honestly did not know the answer to that no one has ever asked me that before. So as many of us do I search the Internet to find an easy guide to spices and storage. I hope this helps you as well.

Dried herbs typically last 1–3 years. Examples include:

Ground, or powdered, spices typically have a shelf life of 2–3 years. Common examples include:

  • basil
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • bay leaves
  • dill
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • marjoram
  • sage
  • powdered ginger
  • garlic powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • chili powder
  • ground turmeric
  • ground allspice
  • ground cardamom
  • ground paprika
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • seasoning blends

Whole, or unground, spices have the longest shelf life, as less of their surface area is exposed to air, light, and moisture. This allows them to retain their aromatic oils and flavor compounds longer than their ground counterparts.

If stored properly, whole spices can last up to 4 years. Examples include:

  • whole peppercorns
  • coriander
  • mustard seeds
  • fennel seeds
  • caraway seeds
  • cumin seeds
  • whole nutmeg
  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole dried chili peppers
  • lemongrass

Salt is the exception to the rule, as it can be used indefinitely regardless of its size and shape without spoiling or losing flavor. That said, if you’re using a seasoned salt, any accessory seasonings may lose their potency over time.


Another item that always was in my messy spice drawer was assorted Knives.  I know, yes it was dangerous and very reckless on my part.  After this job was done, I really saw what a “procrastinator” I was.  It was not “very pretty”.  

So what am I going to show you?  After you see how easy, inexpensive and very professional your kitchen, counters etc. look….you will be doing the same thing.  

All Seasons Pantry and Kitchen Organization

Evaluate pantry and kitchen needs:

At the start of each season, assess your pantry and kitchen to identify any areas that need attention. Consider factors such as changing cooking habits, upcoming holidays, and seasonal ingredients.

Declutter and Organize: Take the opportunity to declutter your pantry and kitchen cabinets, removing any expired or unused items. Organize your pantry shelves and kitchen cabinets by grouping similar items together, such as baking supplies, canned goods, spices, and snacks.

Maximize Space: Utilize space-saving solutions to make the most of your pantry and kitchen storage. Install adjustable shelving, stackable bins, and drawer organizers to optimize space and keep items easily accessible.
Label and Date Items: Use labels and markers to clearly identify items in your pantry and kitchen cabinets. Label shelves, bins, and containers with the contents and date of purchase or expiration to help you keep track of inventory and prevent food waste.

Rotate Season Items:  As the seasons change, rotate seasonal items in your pantry and kitchen cabinets to reflect your current cooking needs. Store seasonal ingredients and specialty items at eye level for easy access during meal preparation.

Create Zones: Organize your pantry and kitchen cabinets into zones based on functionality and frequency of use. Designate separate zones for cooking essentials, baking supplies, snacks, and meal prep tools to streamline your cooking process.
Regular Maintenance: Make kitchen and pantry organization a regular habit by scheduling routine maintenance sessions. Set aside time each season to declutter, reorganize, and refresh your pantry and kitchen cabinets to ensure they remain tidy and efficient year-round.

By following these seasonal pantry and kitchen organization tips, you can create a well-organized and functional space that supports your cooking and meal preparation needs throughout the year.

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It was a total Game changer. It gave a professional and simple lock to my kitchen. After all it was a brand new room.

What are My Favorite Knives

After doing research, I chose Henckels Knife Set.  Many of my friends, who really like to cook swear by them. They also had good reviews from other people who like to cook on the Internet. Price was reasonable for a part time Chef (that would be me)🙂.

HENCKELS Dynamic Razor-Sharp 5-Piece Kitchen Knife Set, Chef Knife, Bread Knife, German Engineered Informed by 100+ Years of Mastery

You should buy Henckels knives if:

  • You like the idea of purchasing from a brand that has a long history and good reputation.
  • You want a variety of collections to choose from.
  • You want a choice of durable stamped or forged knives.
  • You like Western-styled, full-tang knives.
  • You are on a budget and want an affordable knife collection.


I hope this blog post has been helpful in addressing your spice organization dilemmas! Getting your spices organized and all in one place can truly transform your cooking experience and make your kitchen more efficient. With the solution I have shared you’ll no longer have to struggle with searching for the right spice while preparing your favorite meals.
I also covered some additional useful tips that helped me in my journey of organizing the Kitchen. Properly storing your knives is essential for safety and longevity, and we’ve included some great insights on that.  I also discussed the proper way to dispose of old knives, ensuring you do so responsibly and safely.

By investing in these items, you’ll take your kitchen organization to the next level, and your cooking skills will thank you for it! Remember, having an organized and well-equipped kitchen not only saves you time but also adds a touch of elegance to your culinary space.

Organizing your spices and knives is a small step with a big impact. Happy cooking, and may your kitchen be a place of creativity and joy!

If you have any questions or need more kitchen organization tips, feel free to reach out. 

More Organizing Samples

If you do try any of the above organizing or your way was a little easier, please pop back over and leave a comment.  I love to hear from you.


In conclusion, creating a well-organized and efficient kitchen space is not only achievable but also incredibly rewarding. By implementing the tips and ideas shared in this post, you can transform your kitchen and pantry into functional, clutter-free zones that support your cooking endeavors. Remember, organization is key to reducing stress and enhancing the enjoyment of your time spent in the kitchen. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting out, these simple yet effective strategies will help you make the most of your culinary adventures. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative, and let’s embark on this journey to a more organized and delightful kitchen together!

I would to take this opportunity to also say how much I appreciate your ongoing support and readership – you’re not just a reader, but a valued friend on my blogging journey! Your input means the world to me, so don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below the post.

Thank you for being a part of The City Cottage Family.

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