Organizing the pantry isn’t a small feat, and once you manage to get everything in order, it’ll take cooperation from everyone in the house to maintain order. That’s because the pantry is one of those areas that go from being organized to messy in a blink of an eye. So, while there are no rules, a well-thought-out plan and best practices will make your pantry functional and keep it organized for longer.
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Organizing the Pantry in 5 Steps
In this guide, we’ve listed five crucial steps for organizing the kitchen pantry to help you get started right away:
Empty It Out
Start by emptying your entire pantry and put everything on the kitchen table or countertop for sorting. It’ll make a big mess, but it’ll help plan for space and clean all the surfaces thoroughly for a truly organized pantry.
Also, toss the expired items, containers with less than a serving’s worth of foods, and non-opened food/pet food you don’t use and would like to donate to a food bank near you.
Select & Fill Organizers
Put pantry staples such as flour, sugar, and rice in see-through canisters. Doing this not only preserves the freshness of the goods, but it’ll also be easier to see what you’re looking for by just running your eyes. Besides, canisters that are stackable help you utilize the space between pantry shelves.
Another best practice is to group similar items together in small bins or baskets and then label the contents with pantry labels. For instance, you can group containers of baking powder, baking soda, vinegar, and the like in a single bin and put your snack bars in another. Again, utilize the vertical space by putting your bins on the cabinet shelves.
Make Use Of Household Items
Household items such as crates and space-saving racks, magazine racks, and pencil holders are an inexpensive and innovative way to add more storage space to your pantry. With everything having a special place or holder, you will be less likely to cause a mess when looking for that can of beans you are sure you bought two weeks ago.
Besides, put canned goods on a tiered shelf organizer to keep them from being “lost” deep in the pantry shelves.
Make Use Of Your Doors
Pantry doors and floors are usually underutilized, but they offer additional storage when used wisely. You can use door organizers to store everything from wraps, baggies to spices. As for the floor, use sized storage containers that can slide right under the lowest shelf and use them to store items that you don’t use often.
If you have unused space on the wall, hang additional shelving or hooks to hang reusable grocery bags.
You can find an over-the-door pantry organizer online or at all major stores. There are generally two kinds: those that store items in pockets and those that have shelves. It really depends on what you want to store in them. Pockets are great for individual items such as sauces. Shelves provide more space and more options but are slightly more expensive.
Have Enough Litter Bins
Try to use kitchen and pantry waste bins so that whatever waste is created in the pantry, it’s dumped in those bins.
Keep Your Pantry Organized
The one most important thing that you need to consider when cooking or preparing any meal is putting items you used back to the same place they were before. Most often, we pick a bottle of spice from one place and keep it at some other place. This not only creates confusion but it’ll also make the place disorganized and messy.
Printable Pantry Labels
These free printable pantry labels will help you mark all items in containers. This will both enable you to find anything and it will make your pantry look pretty and organized! Either print the pantry labels on sticker paper or on regular paper and adhere with paper glue.
Pantry Inventory Printable
The free printable pantry inventory list will help you know what you have in your pantry at any time. If you save the document online you can access it at the supermarket when you are not sure if you need to purchase a particular item. It is always more efficient to go to the supermarket with a grocery list but unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. If you don’t have a grocery list then try to take your printable pantry list with you. We also offer an online pantry app which you can use online without printing.