That decorative spice rack you have sitting right next to the stove - you know, the one with the clear, glass jars? That's not doing your spices in any favors, and in fact, may be shortening their life-span. The better bet - storing them in a dry, dark place (i.e. a cupboard or drawer). If you simply must display your spice collection, invest in steel tins or opaque containers to keep the light away. And, don't store the spices near the oven or any other heat source or in the refrigerator. You can keep them in the freezer though.