Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Tips for Pantry Organization

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

pantry organizing, containers,

First of all, you have to go into your pantry
 and figure out what is working and what is not working.

organizing pantry, bins, boxes, clean up pantry

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

cereal containers, wire bins, wire shelves for pantry, door hanger

Here is what it looks like now.

small pantry, pantry organization, wire shelves,

I categorized our food and decided what bins we needed.
We have spreads, potatoes, chips, drink mixes, granola bars, breakfast and nuts.
These are our most used foods.
They are kept at eye level for ease.

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I added smaller, wire bins that I purchased at Walmart.
They are see thru so I can tell what is in each bin.
I labeled each bin with a chalkboard clothespin.
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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.

plastic drawer unit to store small things in pantry

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.

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 containers.
I purchased these at Ross, for very inexpensive.

pantry organization, chalkboard labels, faux chalkboard labels

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.

pantry organization, containers to use in pantry

I found these bins for larger sized items like spaghetti,
also at Walmart.

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.

how 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.

I used another wire shelf unit,
along with clear containers I got from The Container Store,
to corral drink mixes, straws and sandwich bags.

plastic sandwich bag holder from container store

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.

To recap, my top tips for Pantry Organization are:
*group like things together
*take items out of the package
*store items in matching containers
*label everything including bins and containers
*add levels to the back to make viewing everything easier


  1. Awesome tips Candice! Comes very handy! I have a much needed cleaning to my pantry as well. How often do you organize your pantry? :)

    1. Thank you! I organize my pantry a lot! It's amazing how quickly it gets messy!

    2. Mine too! I personally make sure to organize every week :)

  2. I love these. Gonna pin this the size of your pantry looks similar to the one in our new home.

    1. Thank you! I hope the tips help in organizing your pantry!!

  3. Great tips. My pantry is a disaster right now.

    1. Thanks Kara! It's amazing how quickly they can get messy!!

  4. These are great tips! My pantry and I was a hot mess too so I'm definitely going to have to take these tips and put them to good use!

  5. Wow... I'm seriously impressed with your tidiness!! I was actually sorting through mine this morning because we just started shopping at Costco and I can't find space for all the giant boxes, lol! Thanks for the tips, very pretty!

    1. Thanks a bunch! It's a weekly battle to keep this tiny little room organized, but it helps so much to have a spot for everything!!


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