How to organize the pantry

I’m a stickler for creating ‘homes’ for our stuff so that we always know where to find it when we need it. (It’s so irritating when the hubs or kids point out when I didn’t put something back.) Full disclosure, our kitchen pantry has never been organized, up to my standards anyway. Now that it’s officially spring and deep cleaning is on the docket; I took on the pantry.

Our pantry was a disaster! Food expired because we forgot about it or couldn’t see it.

Do you have labels in your pantry? Do you like the idea of labels? I love the look of labels, it soothes my organized soul, but I haven’t ever pulled the trigger on actually doing it, until now. So, we’re officially one of those families with labels – and I totally love it! However, I am known to change things around, quite a bit actually, so I used 3M’s Damage-Free Command strips. They claim to remove cleanly and I can testify to that being the truth. I personally test that claim every Christmas when I decorate.

Besides the bin labels that I quickly printed out, I wanted a few vinyl ones for my flour and sugar canisters. I don’t own a Cricut, so I found these Rae Dunn inspired labels on Etsy. They are adorable and you can customize the size and color!

If you need some help getting started on organizing your pantry, follow my easy steps below. I promise, it’s not that painful and you will be so happy when it’s done!

Rae Dunn inspired font for my vinyl labels – so easy to install.
  • Remove everything from your pantry.
    As you remove the contents, try to put ‘like’ things together. I grouped snacks, baking supplies, breakfast foods, canned foods, etc.

  • Clean the pantry shelves.
    I know, this is obvious, but my systematic-self can’t not mention it.

  • Arrange grouped items back into the pantry.
    Depending on your family, you may decide to put snacks up high and breakfast items low for easy access. It also helps to put taller items in the back or even on risers for visibility. If possible, leave some empty space – you know that trip to Costco is going to mess up your whole set-up if you don’t leave room~

  • Final touches
    Finally, determine if you need any bins, risers, organizers, or labels now that everything is pretty much where you want it.
These canned food risers will save us money in the long run because we can see what we have and use it before it expires.

That’s it – and I know you don’t need the steps, but sometimes reading about doing something can motivate and encourage you into actually doing it. I hope you are energized to tackle whatever spring project you have waiting for you. Next up for me? The linen closet.

Grouping the pantry contents as I took them out made it so easy to know how much space I would need for a particular food group.

For more pantry organization inspiration
Check out these pantry organizers
Easy instructions to create Avery labels
Free printable: Labels for your pantry

2 Comments
  • Michelle Pindell

    July 27, 2019 at 5:31 am Reply

    Amy, this is great! I am excited to follow your blog and look forward to what’s next.

    • Amy

      August 8, 2019 at 9:18 pm Reply

      Thanks, Michelle! If you have any blog topic requests just let me know~

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