9 Tips to Make Sure You Always Have an Organized Pantry
We’ve all been there before. You’re flipping through a magazine or scrolling through Pinterest, and you see your dream kitchen. The decor is flawless, the color combination is perfect, and the organization is top-notch.
While a complete kitchen remodel takes a great deal of time and can be pricey, there are things you can do to take your kitchen up a level or two in an afternoon! Projects such as lining your cabinets, reconfiguring your countertop decor and small appliances, and organizing your pantry are easy and can make your kitchen feel brand new.
If you need a little help along the way, you’re in the right place! We’ve compiled a list of the best ways to create an organized pantry that will make all of your Pinterest dreams come true.
Keep reading to learn more!
1. Clear Out the Clutter
There’s no question about it: clutter is offensive to the senses. So the first step in any organizational endeavor is to clear it all away. It will take some time, but emptying out your pantry entirely, throwing out any expired items or empty packaging as you go, is a must.
Once you’ve eliminated the clutter, you can get started organizing what you will actually be storing in your gorgeous new pantry.
2. Utilize Glass Jars
Not only are they easily lost among the chaos of a disorganized pantry, but ripped boxes and half-empty bags are unsightly. You did all that work decluttering your pantry, the last thing you want to do is make it look like a jumbled mess again.
That’s where glass jars come in! Purchase a variety of sizes (although having the same style of jar across the board is a plus), and fill them with all of your dry goods.
Place foods like pasta, grains, beans, even small snacks, into the jars and label them appropriately. Voila! No more crumpled, impossible to store neatly, bags. Not to mention, your pantry will be a thousand times more aesthetically pleasing.
3. Hooks Are Handy
Some bagged items shouldn’t be put into jars, such as chips and crackers. Think about it – do you really want your kids trying to heft a glass jar off the shelf to get their afternoon snack? Talk about a disaster waiting to happen!
Instead, install hooks along the side of your pantry, then hang the bags of snacks from them using chip clips. This will free up shelf space, keep your snacks looking neat, and prevent little hands from coming into contact with breakable glass jars.
4. Use Baskets to Your Benefit
Baskets are a great organizational tool for any type of closet, but especially pantries. Now, you don’t want to use baskets as a catch-all – your pantry might look tidy at first glance, but you’ll still struggle to find things when you need them.
Do purchase baskets that keep their contents out of sight, but be sure to designate a certain type of item for each. Put all of your cereal boxes into one basket, for example, or label one for fruit snacks and other packaged treats.
5. Install a Door Organizer
One of the best things you can do to keep your pantry organized is to keep the items actually touching your shelves to a minimum. Along with jars and baskets, consider adding a door organizer to hold smaller items such as spices.
Spices are also an important item to keep clearly visible, as it’s all too easy to miss one of those tiny jars and make an unnecessary purchase. Displaying them neatly in an organizer will save you money on top of keeping your pantry orderly.
6. Chalkboard Paint is Your Friend
What better way to make your pantry doors useful than with chalkboard paint! Be sure to paint the inside of the doors and not the outside. That way, if you’re handwriting isn’t the neatest, you can close the pantry and the blank side will be visible.
Write things like your shopping list and meal plan for the week on the door, you might even lower the number of times you’re asked: “what’s for dinner?” When you’re done, all you have to do is wipe it down with a damp cloth and you have a fresh canvas!
7. Save Corner Space with Lazy Susans
Lazy Susans are one of the best organizational items you can get for your pantry. By putting any awkward items that would get buried in the back or bottom of a basket on a lazy Susan, you’ll be able to see them clearly while keeping them in order.
Lazy Susans are ideal for the corners of your pantry and cabinets, as you can store several items in one area without it looking chaotic.
8. Remember Your Recipes
Putting all of your dry goods into jars looks great – there’s just one problem. You lose all of the instructions that come on the packaging. Well, there are a couple options available to solve this problem.
You can write the recipe down and tape it to the underside of the lid, or using a label maker, create stickers that show what the item is and how to cook it. Then stick the label to the side of the container and you never have to Google cooking times and temperatures again!
9. Organize Shelves Intuitively
At this point, you have all of your baskets and containers filled, it’s time to put them on the shelves. When doing this, it’s best to not think too long – by arranging your shelves intuitively, you’ll find that it’s much easier to locate your items.
A good rule of thumb is to place any seldom-used items on the highest shelves, items used most often at eye-level, and kid-friendly items lowest.
Stay On Top of Your Organized Pantry
You can spend hours, even days, tidying your pantry, but if you don’t stay on top of it, your organized pantry will become a mess once again in the blink of an eye. Know each item’s home and put it back where it belongs as soon as you’re done with it.
If you live with family, particularly if you have children, teach them about the system you created and explain that they need to do their part in keeping the pantry neat. With small children, you may have to go behind them to ensure things are stored where you want them. But as long as you keep a watchful eye on your organizational masterpiece, your pantry should always be in good order!
Once you’re done sorting out your pantry, be sure to check out our blog for more pantry and closet beautification tips!