Top Tips for Pantry Organization

Today I'm sharing my top tips for organizing your pantry!

Top tips for pantry organization.  Use these great tips to organize your pantry!

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The pantry in my home can get so messy!  It's one of the hardest working places in our whole house.  Without some organizing, it is total chaos! With a few simple tips, my pantry stays (mostly) organized and yours can too!

Top Tips for Pantry Organization

1.  Go through your pantry and figure out what is and what is not working.

How to give your pantry a makeover - go through pantry and figure out what needs to change

This is what our pantry looked like BEFORE.  I did a post about it here.  The red bins were not working any more because items were being buried at the bottom of them.  None of our cereal containers matched. We had tons of bags and boxes hanging out all over the place.  It was a mess!

2.  Separate food into categories or zones.

small pantry, pantry organization, wire shelves,

I categorized our food and decided what could be grouped together.  We have 
  • spreads
  • potatoes
  • chips
  • drink mixes
  • granola/protein bars
  • breakfast
  • nuts

These are our most used foods and are kept at eye level for ease.

3.  Put items into bins.

Use wire bins for pantry organization

I added smaller, wire bins that I purchased at Walmart (similar here).  I like that they are see thru so that we can tell what is in each bin.  I labeled each bin with a chalkboard clothespin.

In the back of each shelf, I turned bins upside down and sat another bin on top, right side up. This gives the pantry a little more usable space to store things on the deep shelves.  It makes the items easier to see as well.

Put items into containers for pantry organization - use plastic drawers

I used plastic 3-drawer storage units on wheels (similar here)  at the bottom of the pantry.  It give some much needed storage in a normally wasted space.  I labeled the drawers so my family can tell what's in them.

pantry organization, containers to use in pantry

I found these bins for larger sized items like spaghetti at Walmart.  (similar here)

4.  Use Matching Containers

matching containers, pantry organization

One thing that has made my pantry look so much better is having matching, labeled containers, instead of cereal and cracker boxes that never get closed properly.  I take everything out of the boxes and packages and put them into clear matching containers.  You can find matching containers at Walmart, TJ Maxx or Ross or get similar here.  

5.  Label Everything

How to label everything in pantry for best organization

I labeled each container with faux chalkboard labels.  I cut black cardstock down to size (about 1.5"x 2.5")  then wrote on them with a chalkboard marker.  I used packing tape to attach the labels to the containers.

6.  Utilize all available space

where to store unused items, top of the pantry

On the very stop shelf  (so high up I have to use a step stool) I store mason jars and extra paper towels.  I also store serving dishes that I don't use very often.  That high shelf is a good place to tuck away items that you don't need daily access to.

Use pantry door to store plastic wrap and baggies

The door to the pantry is a perfect place to store narrow items, like plastic wrap and baggies.  I used a wrap rack (similar here) for larger items like foil, waxed paper and plastic wrap.  To corral drink mixes, straws and sandwich bags I used another wire shelf unit, along with clear containers I got from The Container Store (similar here)

Use pantry door to store plastic wrap and baggies

It's kind of silly, but the container that holds my sandwich bags makes me so happy! I love not having to dig around in the box to get them out.  With 3 kids that take lunch to school every day, we go through a ton of baggies, and this is the perfect way to store them.

Top Tips for keeping your pantry clean and organized

To recap, my top tips for Pantry Organization are:
  • Decide what is working and what is not
  • Separate Food into categories or Zones
  • Store everything in bins
  • Use matching containers
  • Label everything
  • Utilize all available space