Welcome to another edition of “WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME?!?!!”

I don’t cook. I mean, I do a little. Now. Now that I’m in my 30’s. It’s taken me that long. I’ll talk about that later. But today I want to offer up an adulting tip for making life in the kitchen just a little less intimidating.

My experience with spices has been a little bit like this:

“Ok, we need thyme. Cool – let me just look through our spices here. I think we have thyme. Maybe? I thought I saw it recently. Or did I? OMG am I out of thyme? Wait. WHY DO WE HAVE THREE BOTTLES OF CINAMMON? WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THE CINNAMON CHALLENGE TO GET RID OF ALL THESE BOTTLES. OH SHIT I JUST KNOCKED OVER THE CUMIN. IT’S EVERYWHERE NOW! MY PANTS ARE STAINED ORANGE. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!”



I am incredibly confident that I am not the only one who has been through this because I’ve seen it happen both growing up at home and in friend’s kitchens. The spice cabinet is like the sock drawer of the kitchen. It’s just this mystery space where you’re not sure what’s gone in or what is going to come out.


The entire experience is just frustrating and as someone who is cooking impaired, it makes the already daunting task of producing something in the kitchen even MORE difficult.

Until I discovered a really simple trick.

Alphabetize Your Spices

Yep. Take all the spices out and then just…put them back in alphabetical order.

Now when you’re searching for a specific spice you will be able to find it immediately or know you need to get more.

(If you really want to go crazy, get yourself a spice shelf so you can more easily see all your spices. This is the one I use).

At ICHA, I believe adulting tips should be around the 5 minute mark and I stand by that for this tip.

So the next time you’ve got that odd couple of minutes while you’re waiting to go to your next thing, just quickly grab your spices and alphabetize them. You’ll be so glad you did.

Now get out there and be spicy, you adult.