You just went grocery shopping but putting it all away feels like a game of Tetris. There’s no place to fit anything because your pantry is stuffed with things you don’t even remember you have. You constantly have to choose between wasting your money on buying something you could’ve sworn you bought last time, or wasting your time trying to find it. In this case, just a little organization will go a long way. I know what you’re thinking, “a little organization is a lot of work!” Trust me, pantry organization is one of my most easiest jobs. It’s also one of the more used spaces in your home which makes it so much more worth it. To show you just how easy it can be, I’ve provided you with a step-by-step tutorial on exactly how to get the job done.
Warning: Your space is about to get a whole lot worse before it gets better!
Before getting started, make sure to clear off as much counter space as possible. Begin removing each item out of your pantry and setting it on the counter based on categories that make sense to you. Make sure to take note of your personal lifestyle habits. For example, if you enjoy baking often, it might make your life easier to have all your baking items grouped together. During this process toss out any items that have expired or you don’t plan on using. When your pantry is entirely empty, take a second to wipe down your shelves.
Although, every pantry is different, here’s a general idea of how I group items in my pantry:
- Sauces, Syrups, & Spreads
- Oils & Vinegar
- Dry Goods
- Dog Snacks
Once your pantry is cleaned and all your items are properly grouped on your counter, it’s time to plan. Think about what categories you use the most and the least and decide where in your pantry they should live. Then place them there. Store any items back to front rather than right to left to maximize your space and store your most used items where they are easily accessible. If you have children old enough to grab their own snacks, or a husband who can’t seem to cooperate with your endless efforts to stay organized, keep those items front and center to make your pantry completely tornado proof.
Assess your space and decide what containers to purchase, if any. I like to keep my categories separated by utilizing bins. This will help your newly organized pantry system last longer and keep things easy to find. I also like to get rid of as much packaging/boxes as I can and replace them with clear containers or jars. This helps to save a ton of room, keep food fresh, and maintain a more organized look.
Step 4 (optional)
Purchase containers and put them to use!
Label. Label everything including the obvious! Label your containers AND your shelves. I have one entire shelf labeled “starches” and then each container on that shelf labeled based on what’s in it. This will encourage both you and your family to put things back where they belong.
Snap me a pic of your new awesome pantry and enjoy!