The kitchen organization idea in question is the tiered spice rack. You know the type – it allows you to stack up spice jars on steps to help you see what you have at a glance. Or that is the idea, at least.  Professional organizers, it turns out, can’t stand them. Steer clear of them, they have told us – plus what we should be buying instead.  ‘One thing that I hate are three-tier rises for spices,’ says Anna, co-owner of home organizing company, Orderlie (opens in new tab). ‘They are not helping anyone!’  Although the risers may seem useful for seeing what is at the back of a deep cabinet, the reality is that it makes things at the back far more difficult to reach, Anna points out. Not only do the front jars obscure what is in those behind, but reaching over them all is impractical for regular home cooks, making them one of many things professional organizers never buy.  These types of organizers are more aptly used for a variety of products, with taller items such as oil bottles that are less likely to be obscured placed at the back and smaller items such as jars situated towards the front so that you can reach over with ease.

What to buy instead of tired spice risers 

When shopping around for spice storage ideas, there are plenty of other models and styles that make a little more sense, Anna says.  ‘Investing in turntables for a cabinet or putting your spices in a shallow drawer where you do food prep are both much better ways to organize spices. This way you can easily see what you have and not knock over spices when you are trying to find one.’ 

Is it better to store spices in glass or plastic?

It is always better to store spices in glass over plastic. This is because plastic containers are more porous than glass, which means that plastic containers will lead to spices going stale more quickly. If you buy spices in plastic containers, swapping them into glass with a tight, sealed lid will ensure they outlast their initial use-by date. With a clean and streamlined design, this rack attractively displays spice jars while decluttering your kitchen shelves.  This two level 360 degree organizer is perfect for having easy access to all your spices, snacks, oils, dressings, and more. The spice organizer is equipped with 20 3oz refillable jars and a silicone funnel to help you transfer the spices. This spice organization has the strength to hold up to 6.6 pounds of stored weight without installation or assembly, just by attaching it to the side of the fridge. This Medium Spice Rack Tray Drawer Organizer makes organizing all your spices in your kitchen cabinet drawers easy. Slanting designed spice rack organizer for cabinet, easy to pick up and put back in, they’ll save your time and stress when cooking.

What is a Lazy Susan and is it a rude name?

There’s much debate over the origin of the name ‘Lazy Susan’, the countertop, rotating tray where spices are often stored. The Smithsonian asserts that the device itself was first used in China in the 13th Century, and was then adopted by the British to make table service easier for families who found themselves without servants. No one knows quite why it is called a Lazy Susan, although some sources say that it was coined to describe a lazy housemaid.