How to organize your pantry in just 5 simple steps

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Today I’m going to demonstrate how to organize your pantry. I’ve made several changes to my pantry recently, and you’ll see that I love a DIY project even more than the majority of. Nothing makes me more excited than when a fantastic DIY project is paired with beautiful, practical storage! I’ve finally come up with an exact method for how to organize your pantry. The transformation I have made to my pantry has truly made me content! I’m in love with it all, and it works millions of times more efficiently than it did before.

Here’s what it looked like when we saw the property for rent on the internet. When I moved into our home, there was an unassuming white space with white shelves you can buy metallic heat transfer vinyl. It was a typical situation for homes of all kinds. Let me first declare that I’m incredibly happy to have a kitchen, but it needs a major overhaul of the pantry. I’ve not had one in five years in the two houses we’ve owned, and the pantry in this one is Heaven in Earth to me! This was before our move-in date, and, in other words, this was not our kitchen, nor do I have pets, so this image only shows the size and dullness I was working on.

woman standing in front of kitchen sink

Step 1. Paint or embellish of you pantry

Take everything out of your pantry. EVERYTHING. It’s best, to begin with, the beginning clean! I like white shelves and walls freshly painted. Should you decide to paint colour onto the walls. My house was rented therefore I kept all the shelves and walls white. I then decided to create the option of a removable accent wall. I began by placing the mint-green floral wall decals. They are available from my mother-in-law’s Etsy shop or learn how to create them yourself here. They’ve been a favourite since the time I did my bathroom remodel (here). I’m missing that tiny home!

So, I began by applying the decals in the same way I did in this article. I cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo and Mint vinyl before applying them to my plain white wall. These are two essential items for my pantry revamp! I picked Mint because it is fresh and neat.

white ceramic bottles on shelf

Step 2. Sort everything

Then, you’ll have to sort through all the food items that you have as well as anything else you’re planning to put inside your pantry. I clean my kitchen counters, and I sort all of my food into groups with similar things. This helps determine what containers, bins, or bars you’ll need.

My primary food items that are kept in my pantry include:

  • Baking ingredients and baking items (stored inside glass containers) (Includes sugar, flour, cake flour, oats etc.)
  • Larger packages of food (same larger size bins)
  • Chips
  • Snacks
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Bread/Tortillas
  • Smaller portions of food packaged (same larger bins)
  • Ramen
  • Grains
  • Pasta
  • Smaller baking items (chocolate chips, nuts, etc.)
  • Lesser groupings (bottles and Jars)
  • Oils and Sprays
  • Condiments
  • Drink mixes
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Graham crackers
  • Brown sugar *because the container is sealed
three clear glass jars with brown and white stones

Step 3. Collect/Buy bins and containers.

Cereal and Snacks We change our snacks and cereal frequently, and as these are transparent, I decided not to label the containers. The containers with the skinny shape originate made by Ikea, and the bigger containers are from the Better Homes and Gardens collection from Wal-Mart, and my glass jars came from Wal-Mart.

Bins and jars that work with your space are a major factor in keeping a tidy pantry. Open or clear tops are my preferred because you can look inside. I love that I have an idea of what I should add to my shopping list by looking at the item at a glance that appears to be a low supply. This is also helpful when making my weekly shopping lists.

assorted glass jars on brown wooden shelf

Step 4. Label all the items.

The next step is labelled! Labels are the most important element to keeping your pantry well-organized. If your pantry isn’t properly labelled with containers and bins, you’ll aren’t sure what’s inside, and, even the time you can remember most likely, your family won’t. Due to the labels, my children and I know where everything is, which helps them pack lunches, prepare meals, and pack up groceries effortless.

assorted ceramic mugs on white wooden shelf

Step 5. Store any other items

I keep all my glassware that’s not in our usual rotation or frequently used up on top of the shelf in the pantry. I like displaying it in the pantry, yet hidden away in the place it is supposed to be.

There are a few things I’d like to complete within this space (like building a food storage container in cans), but it’s super useful today, and I love it! Everything is easily easy to access, and we’ve used it for a couple of weeks after the organizing, and I’m happy to say that it’s been completely well-organized! This is awe-inspiring! I am in love with this tiny space!

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