Spice Organization (Quick 15-Minutes!)

Spice Organization (Quick 15-Minutes!)

Hi, everyone, I’m Alejandra from,
and in this video I’m going to organize a cabinet, to take 10 minutes, and just make
it better than it currently is. So if you need accountability to organize
some small area in your house that you’ve been waiting to organize, grab a timer, go
to the space, and let’s do it together. But first, if this is your first time watching
any of my videos, and you’re just getting started with organizing, there’s a link below
to help you get started for free. All right, so, I’m here in the kitchen, and
I’m right by this beautiful spice drawer that has all of our spices and it is, it’s not
really a mess, but it could have more order to it because a lot of the spices that we
use are kind of scattered throughout. What I want to do is put all of the spices
that we use at the very top, so they’re nice and easy to grab right when we open the drawer. Then have the stuff that we don’t really use
that often, like this fennel seed that’s in prime real estate right here, put that toward
the bottom. So, I have a timer right here. I’m going to set the timer for 10 minutes. And my only goal right now is, before I hit
go, my only goal is to make this drawer better than what it currently is. Whatever space you have to organize, make
that your goal also, in the next 10 minutes make it better than what it currently is. All right, so, ready, set, go. I’m going to put the timer back down here,
and I’m just going to start at the top and go from there. So if something is not frequently used, I’m
going to take it out from the top, and just place it in front of me. And then I’m going to put all the things that
we use very often, keep them at the top. If you’re organizing your spices and there’s
spice that’s been hanging out in your cabinets for a really long time, look for an expiration
date. If it’s expired pull it out. If it doesn’t have an expiration date, open
the spice, smell it, see if it still has a smell, and if you can’t smell anything, it’s
probably bad. So, just go ahead and pull it out. All right. Well, this one we, actually you know what,
this I think we can get rid of. That crushed pepper is not even hot anymore. All right. And actually before I put anything back, I’m
just going to create things that we use often versus things we don’t use very often, and
then we’re going to put everything back. All right. It’s only been a minute and a half. This is great. What you want to do when you’re organizing
spices, is you don’t want to keep them above or next to … this is kind of next to the
stove, but this a spice drawer. You ideally don’t want the spice right above
the stove, because heat’s going to rise, and your spices may not last as long as they would
if they were not above a heat source. All right, so again, I’m just doing a preliminary
sort of all of the spices, and then we’re going to put everything back in order. Or in better order, because again, my goal
is just to make it better than what it currently was. Now we are in a temporary space, which means
we’re not going to be here very long, so I’m not going to take the time and adjust these
shelves. These shelves are adjustable and I would move
them around because the second shelf down here is pretty short, which means I can only
store things that are half the size, like these guys right here. But since we’re in a temporary space, I’m
just going to kind of leave it as is and then just work with what I have. So once you take everything out, what you
could do is grab a paper towel, grab a rag and wipe down the shelves. I’m doing this under time, so I’m not going
to do that right now. But, all right, I’ve done my sort. Now I’m going to put everything back. So things I don’t use very often, I’m going
to put down here on these bottom two shelves. And if it does not, let’s see. It doesn’t fit, I’m going to find a place
where it does fit. Actually all these ones I’m going to move
right up here. All right, so anything short I’m going to
put on this shelf right here. All right, so when it comes to spices … There’s
so many different ways to organize spices and all the things that are around your house. There’s just so many different ways to organize
them. When it comes to spices, you can organize
them alphabetical. So, you know, would have the A’s in the front,
and then Z’s if there’s a Z spice toward the end. You can organize them by … I’ve done it
before by the type of container they’re in, so all of these glass McCormick’s will be
together, and then all of the different shaped bottles, the other shaped bottles would be
together. You can organize them by frequency of use,
kind of like what I’m doing right now. Or you can organize them by, how else can
you organize them? I don’t know. Can’t think of anything right now. I like to do it either by size, by type of
bottle, or by frequency of use. Like what I’m right now. All right, so did those two shelves. Those three shelves. That’s what I meant to say. Now, actually, this I’m going to put somewhere
else. That’s not going to fit, obviously. This, so, what you don’t see right now is
there’s another shelf, another spice cabinet at the top. I’m going to put this up there. This is being thrown away, because it’s bad. This is going to go with this one. It’s a tall bottle. And these opened ones I’m going to place at
the bottom, which I’m just going to put them in the middle just like that so they don’t
fall to the sides. Again, we’re in a temporary home. If I was going to be here for a longer time,
I would probably get a container that has sides so these things wouldn’t just fall out
the side. But that’s good enough for now, and actually
I’m making tacos soon, so one of those things is going to be gone shortly. All right, this is going to go somewhere else. These two. Put that right there, and then that right
there. That’s not going to fall out. All right. Let’s see. These are already falling. All right, you know what? These things I’m just going to put somewhere
else. But that can stay there. All right, that’s it. That took a little more than seven minutes. It took seven minutes and 18 seconds. Seven minutes to completely organize a cabinet
from messy to organized. Now, I know it was a small cabinet, but still. Only seven minutes. And now I have a spice cabinet that is nice
and organized with the spice I frequently use towards the top, because I’m standing
when I open the cabinet and spices I don’t use very often toward the bottom. And then small things on the second shelf
right here. Beautiful. So, whatever you need to organize, I hope
you set a timer, go and do your 10 minutes. See how far you go. Keep your, remember to keep your goal as to
make it better than it currently is. Set the bar nice and low. Have a nice, low expectation for yourself,
and then, who knows? You may blow yourself out of the water with
what you can accomplish in 10 minutes. If you don’t have a spice cabinet like this
one right here, and you’re looking for other ways to organize your spices, lazy Susans
are great for spices because it’s a round bottle. So it’s a round bottle, and you have a round
organizer so they maximize space, so lazy Susan in an upper cabinet or in the pantry
works well. You could also use a tiered shelf. A tiered shelf is like a step, it’s like three
steps. One, two, three. You either put that in your upper cabinet,
or you can put it in a pantry. That works well for spices, and then you can
also, they make this other organizer that’s, it’s for cabinets, upper cabinets, and it
goes along the three edges, and so right when you open the cabinet door you see all of the
faces of the spices. They make that as well. And then the last option is, some people organize
the spices in a drawer, like in a shallow kitchen drawer. And you just lay down all of your spices,
not flat, but they’re kind of at an angle. They make organizers that line drawers and
they have like … It’s just an organizer, like you put the spices in there and you see
all the labels right when you open the drawer. So, different ways to organize spices. I think what I love to do is organize them
on a lazy Susan because they work really well. You spin the thing, you see all the fronts. But just other options to consider if you
don’t have a drawer like this. If you want more videos, training, or support
as you begin or continue your journey toward getting more organized, you can visit my website Thank you for being here, I’m grateful you
watched this video. And I look forward to seeing you soon. Take care. Bye bye.

Comments (100)

  1. Can you give us a tour of your temporary home?

  2. 😊Thank you for the tips you amazing organise I can tell you that

  3. You’re back!!! 😁

  4. So close to 1 million!1

  5. I keep my spices alphabetically. That way, anyone can find them for immediate use.


  7. I love all your organization videos!!!💕😊 I did organize my kitchen, bathroom and pretty much every corner of our house it’s amazing how you inspired me feel so much better when I see around our house everything is organized 💕💕💕💕😊

  8. I m frm India and used to watch ur videos since long time… u suddenly disappeared …….happy to see u again……Plz make A video on hw to organise wardrobes…..we indians wear all types of dresses… salwar kurta , long skirts , jeans and even sarees…….so plz make A video keeping all this in mind… u

  9. Hey Alejandra please giyus an update on how you are feeling, like always I enjoy your tips and videos on organizing.

  10. Alphabetical for me 🙂

  11. So glad you're back and at it again. You are so loved.
    I really need a solution for my spices. I have between 50 and 60 bottles and tins. They are currently in a basket on the floor, all turned up side down so I can see the bottoms. That's as close as I can get to being able to see what they are. I can recognize most of them by sight. But I still have to pull them all the way up to be sure and it's on the floor. So, yeah. I need something better.

    Welcome back.

  12. Hello! Can anyone tell me what happened with the last house? I am confused.

  13. Alejandra you are the sweetest most delicate and precise person I just love you

  14. Hi, thanks to your 'make it better than it currently is', i've found the courage to clean out my kitchen and appliances these past 2 weekends. It looks great and i'm so proud that i accomplished that task!! Being a single mom, and having a fulltime job and university study ongoing, things can get messy over here 😂😩😂

  15. I have missed you but I do hope you and Ed and Mojo are well. 🙂
    I know how stressful it is to keep everything organized when your life is in full speed and full of changes, moves, etc.
    Thank you for all of your content and I'm glad you're making youtube videos again. I'm loving these "timed" videos. It gives me inspiration that it doesn't have to be perfect, but that i'm doing something to make it better than it was.

  16. Welcome back from this video sounds like your moving again will it be a smaller house or a little bigger

  17. That is a nice spice rack, but you should reconsider having it stored next to the oven where heat will cause the spices and herbs to weaken in flavor, aroma and color.
    Nice to see you again!

  18. So glad to see yours back! Yay!! ☺️🌸

  19. 👀 I'm so surprised to see you today!

  20. over the years i have taken several tips from you to organise my closet and drawers. and i cannot tell u how much of a difference it has made in my life. keep the awesomeness coming. i am from india and we have a "utility area" where we keep our washing machine and a place to wash dishes, right now even my gardening stuff gets thrown in there.. i cannot seem to get that space organised. i am struggling with it. any tips to help ?

  21. Love your videos they have made my life so much more organized your my big inspiration!

  22. Hoping to see your next "home tour"! Good luck with the new beginning! Love from Argentina.

  23. Do videos like your old ones when you can

  24. Thank you for another great video!

  25. Craft area organization please! I have very little space and I need ideas 😀

  26. OMG!! You are back!!! I have been waiting x a new video x ever!! I love watching your channel! 👍👏👌💕

  27. So close to a million…GIRL!!!!! #queen

  28. Where have u been forever ?❤️❤️❤️ Move again? 😯 I thought you had bought a house ….

  29. Great video! I’m really liking the shorter bursts of organising because they fit in around my hectic schedule.
    It’s nice to see you going through the organising process more. I love all of your videos but these new ones are much more motivating because we get to see the ‘before, during and after’ now! X

  30. I recently reorganized mine in a drawer, but standing up. Then wrote on the top of each what they are, so no need to pull them all out to find one. Hmm… might have to go back and alphabeticalize them now though 🤣

  31. Can anyone explain how this would help anyone without that storage cabinet?

  32. I swear I could watch you organize spice all day long. So calming.

  33. Your videos are awesome

  34. I’m here from Inside Edition

  35. Good video hope to see more. Plz do plates organisation or like paste bowls etc.

  36. You could organise by cooking style; all Indian spices together and all Italian spices and herbs together etc.

  37. Judas Priest…uploaded yesterday…and already 20K views!!  What a following….btw…good points!!


  39. I love your new motto of making it better and not perfect and working towards a more attainable goal!! I'm glad you're back and hope you're doing well!

  40. You are back! 😘

  41. Love the idea of setting low expectations! Haha, it really is all about "better than before!" 🙂

  42. I have a drawer that my spices can stand up in and I just label the top so I can see what’s what 🙂

  43. Love that your back! My spice cabinet has 3 lazy susans. I organize them by what they are used for, baking, bbqing, and cooking.

  44. Love your videos. I use 2 lazy Susan organizers for my spices. One is a 2 tiered old one I bought at "Lecters which does not exist any more. The other is a great one by OXO. It glides so smoothly and they make 2 sizes.

  45. hey alajendra gr8 to c u back after such a long time…. hope alls well at ur end.. plz keep posting often… u r my no 1 inspiaration.

  46. you can organize them by how spicy the are

  47. Keep up the great work Alejandra, you truly have a gift to organize, so awesome to watch your videos!!

  48. Oh My God! I am so happy to see you back. I missed your videos a lot. I have watched all your videos for so many times. You are a big inspiration for me to organize my own house. Can’t wait to see more from you.

  49. I just discovered your channel. I can’t wait to binge watch

  50. Did you move again? I think I've missed some videos.

  51. Such a great video!! I would love if you made an update video – letting us know what you’ve been up to, why you’re in a temporary space and not in the home we saw in your last videos before the “break”, etc. So glad you’re back to making videos!!

  52. So Happy to see you with new videos! Yay! You have been missed!

  53. Can you do 15 min closet organization again? Thank you so much! More videos please!!! Muah.

  54. Thank you so much for all of your great videos you are the best thank you…….😘

  55. Who came from Inside Edition?

  56. TFS, I really like the timer idea and definitely will try it. 👍🏻👍🏻💜🤗❤️🙏🏻👵🏼

  57. I am so happy that you returned to the videos. I am from Brazil and I like your tips so much! Thank you for share your organization ideas! You are the best.

  58. Another way to organize would be like with like. For example Mexican spices together like chili powder, cayenne, etc. then sweet spices together like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla; etc. I like how you did it though cause I usually use the same spices over and over in my cooking unless I’m cooking an ethnic dish that requires specific flavor

  59. Thanks for coming back. Please do a few more Home office vids please. Subscriber since the start thanks

  60. So glad you’re back!!! You’re my role model! ❤️❤️❤️

  61. I’m a teacher and experiencing burnout so I just initially planned to come to your channel to watch your old videos since they calm me so much and I’m super happy to see that you have new videos!!! Thanks, Alejandra! A lot of us missed you from your hiatus.

  62. So glad you’re back!!! I’ve been watching you for 10 years! You’re such an inspiration!

  63. o god, alexadra is still alive❤.. where had you been so long.. ?i had been so sad you stopped making videos.

  64. Woah you’re back!!!💖

  65. I can’t believe you’re back!!! You are my favourite inspiration for all things organisation!!!! Please stay ❤️❤️❤️

  66. You’re moving i a beautiful direction. Living surrounded by trees, learning to let go, realizing that massive closets are still a extravagant lifestyle compared to a lot of countries:) I hope your changes bring you joy and peace and that you strive towards authentic living. Be well.

  67. Will you do a life update?

  68. Welcome back! Have you moved house?

  69. I really wish you had a schedule on your channel 😓 I hate that you upload every like 3 months

  70. In SA we have Robertsons spices, the bottles are colour coded according to spices, herbs, specialty rubs etc, so I group all the colours together in my spice drawer. I have one like yours!

  71. I love your videos. Glad to see you are back. Would love to see an update video about where you've been. Thanks for the inspiration.

  72. Absolutely love you and your channel. I'm so glad you're back. Great tips as always.
    Greetings from South Africa 🇿🇦

  73. 2:10 Open the space sniff smell it i‘m dying!! Love your videos 😂 but this was so hilarious

  74. Lmao who’s excited for Christmas?💕🤣 ik this has nothing to do w the vid.

  75. I use a washi tape organizer; it goes by Spicestack also, but the washi one is cheaper.

  76. Can I just ask what timer app do you use? Or maybe others have recommendations? For iOS please. Thanks!

  77. Omg!! I was waiting for new videos!! Wait…. Why didn't get notifications for any of your videos?? 👿

  78. I am so happy that you're back! You have taught me so many things! I think of you every time we travel because of packing cubes! lol 🙂

  79. What happened to the beautiful previous house?

  80. Organize by desserts Vs entrees


  82. Congratulations for 1M ♥!

  83. You inspired me to organize my whole house!! Thank you!!!!❤️

  84. Hi Alejandra my dearly loved friend! I'm so excited to see your vids! What a treat! I have been sick for 3 weeks & finally catching up, but I'm so thankful for the gift of your vids! I hope that you had a blessed thanksgiving season! Love ya! 💕💕💕 Many Blessings & Happy Holidays!💎💎💎 🎄❄️💎

  85. I have organized my spices by ethnicity and type. Baking, Mexican, etc.

  86. Welcome back. Your videos are amazing.

  87. Hi… welcome back…I love your videos. What happened? Y such a long gap?

  88. gurl where you been 😭

  89. Love your videos and your system.

  90. Please give us a life update…! 😀

  91. I like the spice cabinet! In my new house, I think I make it one. As we use bouillon cubes here, I think those little jars will fit in there great. Also I have a lot of flavorings, and the bottles flavorings will fit in there too. The other thing, I think that would be nice, is to put boxes of different flavors of tea in there. They would fit there, and cause no problems, you just pull them out as needed. Actually that’s a great cabinet! Anybody who’s got 6 inches they don’t know what to do with in their kitchen can do this.

  92. Did you move because this is a different pantry from your most organized home in America tour

  93. I have about 90 different spices, which are in one of those over the door organizers. I had no clue what to do with them since we do not have wall space, cabinet space, drawer space, or counter space for them. If anyone has any ideas I am all ears. 🙂

  94. The only spices I own is salt, pepper, garlic powder, season salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon

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