13 Creative Ways to Organize Spices

If you're constantly jazzing up recipes with a dash of this and a pinch of that, you need a way to keep your spices organized and close at hand. Try these clever spice organization ideas, from DIY and upcycled creations to tried-and-true spice racks.

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Spices on Display

This magnetic spice display is functional and beautiful — ideal for cooks who like to keep their wares close at hand. Typed labels add to the modern, deconstructed appeal of this spice storage solution. Recreate the look with Grundtal jars and a magnetic board.

SHOP | MAGNETIC SPICE TINS: Bed Bath & Beyond, $3.49

Hidden Spice Storage

Prefer to keep spices hidden? Take advantage of wall and door storage opportunities in your pantry with simple wire baskets. Blogger Ashley of Domestic Imperfection came up with the clever idea to simply attach wire baskets to her pantry wall using screws, or you can buy a rack with wire baskets for easier installation.

SHOP | DOOR & WALL RACK: The Container Store, $90.99

Clever Cabinet Space Saver

Speaking of hidden storage opportunities, this spice rack mounts to the underside of a cabinet shelf and pulls out for easy access when cooking. Round spice canisters clip into place with no tools required for assembly. The rack is available in a variety of sizes to accommodate different spice containers.

SHOP | CABINET SPICE ORGANIZER: Amazon, $19.99

Test Tube Spice Rack

Show off your inner nerd in the kitchen with a test tube spice rack. This set includes 10 tubes with stoppers and a display rack.

SHOP | TEST TUBE SPICE RACK: Wayfair, $37.99

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Bag It Up

Do you buy your spices in bulk? You might prefer hanging them for a whimsical display. Repurpose a small window treatment rod and Syrlig curtain clips to get the job done. Mount on the back of a pantry door to keep spices cool and dry.

SHOP | CURTAIN CLIPS: IKEA, $3.99 (Set of 10)

Repurposed Trays

Two vintage trays turned on their sides create an elegant roost for spices. This DIY tutorial from Blogger Nita Stacy of Mod Vintage Life proves that nearly any vessel can become a spice rack with a little imagination and effort. We especially love the idea of using salt and pepper shakers as spice jars.

SHOP | SHAKER SET: Target, $2.99

Custom Spice Shelves

When drawers and cabinets won't do, seek space inside kitchen walls with a recessed spice shelf. Blogger Mandi Tremayne's custom spice shelf features embellished molding and simple spice jars for a classic, traditional look that elevates everyday spices to festive kitchen decor. Try our tutorial to get a similar look.

SHOP | GLASS JARS + LIDS: Amazon, $25.99 (Set of 30)

Spice Up Your Fridge

Got refrigerator space to spare? Make your own magnetic spice jars by repurposing baby food jars. Sure, they only hold a few tablespoons each, but the idea is to keep your spices at the ready and, dare we say it, stylishly customized to your decor. See instructions on how to make your own from Blogger Lauren Davison of One Lucky Pickle.

SHOP | EARTH MAGNETS: Amazon, $13.99 (Set of 12)

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Vintage Chic

Spices find an unexpected new home in vintage Coca-Cola bottle boxes painted a cheery teal. Blogger Jesse Dresbach of Nine Red stores his spices lid-first so the bright colors are on display.

SHOP | SODA BOTTLE CRATE: Etsy, Starting at $41.30

Spice Drawer Organizer

Shallow kitchen drawers are perfect for spice storage – except when jars roll against one another. Solve that problem with the Variera drawer insert from IKEA. The curved grooves of this removable tray make it easy to store spices and easy to clean should those spices ever spill.

SHOP | DRAWER INSERT: IKEA, $3.99

Store in Bulk

You'll save money on spices if you buy bulk, but where to store those cups of clove and peppermint? Find an inexpensive open shelf unit that has space for glass canisters. Blogger Vanessa Alvarado upcycled this black shelf to create an in-home apothecary filled with herbs and dried goods.

SHOP | GLASS FOOD JARS: Target, $7.99

Grab 'n' Go Spices

All spice jars as not created equal. Accommodate the various shapes and sizes with slanted, plastic drawer organizers. These inserts keep spices within easy reach and may be cut to any drawer size.

SHOP | DRAWER ORGANIZER SPICE RACK: Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99

Spice Hunting No More

The most frustrating part of storing spices? Not finding what you need when you need it. This three-tier wire spice rack fits neatly inside a cabinet and pulls to eye-level when you're ready to cook. Mount it on the inside of a cabinet for effortless spice hunting.

SHOP | PULL-DOWN SPICE RACK: The Container Store, $19.99

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