Picture perfect pantry’s have gone viral on social media for its organized aesthetic, but is making people consider reorganizing their own. The benefits to a clean, well thought out pantry is that it is simple to unpack groceries in, easy to pull from for snacking and cooking, and helps avoid expired foods going unnoticed. No matter how much space you’re working with, here are some of our top tips for you to strategically fill your shelves and make your own perfect pantry!
First thing you’ll want to do is purge! Grab a trash bag and clear your counter because you’ll want to start by emptying your pantry completely. As you’re going through this process you’ll want to check the expiration date on all your items. It’s easy for pantry foods to get pushed back so you want to toss anything that should’ve been used by now or has been opened and gone stale. While you purge, make some notes about the items that you have too much of or items that always seem to go quick. This will come in handy when it is time to organize and restock.
After everything is cleared out you’ll want to deep clean! Wipe up all those crumbs and give your shelves a good scrub. These sanitizing wipes are a great way to clean up and kill bacteria easily. Remember that the food you eat lives on these shelves, so it’s important that it is a clean space.
A crucial tip in designing and maintaining an organized pantry is to not overbuy. Buying extra of every product will only lead to crowding causing clutter and eventual expired products. If you go through certain items a lot, you can buy extra for those, but don’t overbuy for items that you aren’t going through quickly! Another great tip would be to keep a separate area for any of your back stock or utilize your top shelves.
Once you have all the pantry items you know you’ll need, reduce the packaging by taking everything out of their boxes and filling up containers instead. Containers allow you to fit more in at once, keeps it uniform, and makes a simpler restocking process. If you’re running low on granola bars you can see in the container that you need more. Pick up some at the store and dump the bars back in! That way you avoid having a full box of granola bars plus a near empty box piling up. Now they’ll all just be together.
We love clear containers so you can see what is inside, but find the container for your look! If you buy colorful or woven containers, you can always utilize a label maker so you know where everything lives. Make sure to have a variety of containers ranging from large sealed ones to open baskets or bins. The product will determine the type of container you’ll need. If something is not individually wrapped or sealed then you’ll want to keep it in a sealed container! Some of our top categories for containers and baskets are: baking items like flour and sugar in sealed containers, uncooked pasta in sealed containers, cereal in sealed containers, a snack basket with small packaged snacks, and a chip bag basket.
Plus, grab turntables and risers to organize your cans and pantry stored bottles. They allow you to easily see all your products without the hassle of them piling up or falling down.
Another perk of using organizers and containers is that it makes it much simpler to pull out and clean your pantry when necessary! Just pop them out and back in with no hassle.
Your pantry won’t work without a layout that works for you and your family! Keep all of your baking items on the same shelf, all of your dry grains like pasta and rice together, all of your snack baskets on another shelf, and keep your cans and sauces together but separate them by category. When everything is separated by category it makes cooking so simple! Not only cooking, but unpacking from the grocery store too. And established, organized flow will help you maintain your new pantry in the long run.
Some people prefer to separate items by cuisine and others by the type of product. If you eat a lot of italian food or mexican food you might consider having a designated area for it in your pantry! That can include sauces, cans, and grains that all go into your must have meal. So test it out and find what items together work for you and how you navigate your kitchen.
Making items accessible based on need is also important! If you have little ones who need to grab snacks, then keep your bottom shelf kid friendly with baskets of their favorite grab and gos. Trying to keep the sweets out of reach? Opt to keep baking essentials and dessert closer to the top! Don’t put too much at the very top or else you’ll forget you have them there. Instead consider keeping that back stock basket up top so you it’s out of your way but you can check it when you notice you’ve run out of something below.
We hope you find these tips helpful in redesigning your pantry. Remember, the hardest part about reorganizing anything is the ability to keep the process sustainable. That’s why it is so important to take note of your household’s needs and use these steps like containers, flow, and accessibility as building blocks to create something that can last. But when you have it done, you won’t regret it! It can help restore a little more order into your kitchen and simplify so many other processes while looking amazing in the process. Happy organizing!