The evolution of my spice collection closes follows the growth of my cooking skills. I remember the first time I had a kitchen of my own - a tiny, closet-like affair - in the first apartment I lived in alone. I went home to my mom's house and raided her kitchen for doubles. She gave me pots, pans, utensils and spices.
I hung the pots and pans from the wall, because I had no storage space, and I bought one of those spinning spice racks, the kind that sits on the counter. Later, I upgraded to a wall rack, then downgraded (I guess) to keeping the spices in a cabinet. This whole time, the collection grew and grew. It became difficult to find what I needed.
Then I house sat for a friend who kept her spices laying down in a drawer. Brilliant! When I got back home, I alphabetized my collection and laid them down on their sides. It filled two drawers, but I didn't care. For the first time in a long time, I could easily find what I wanted.
And I've been happily living with that system until today, when I read about a different method at the kitchn. "How I Organize My Spice Drawer: Cheryl Sternman Rule" showed me an alternative you'd think I could have come up with on my own, except I didn't.
Stand the jars up and label the tops. Genius!
Using that approach, all our spices fit in one drawer with room to spare or expand. And now the kitchen implements that lived on top of the spice jars, the things we use most often, have a drawer of their own. It's all very exciting!
Check out the improvements below: