Kitchen pantry organizers

Soon after I decided to dive into organizing the pantry, I quickly realized that I would need to invest a little money to help. I can easily imagine completely outfitting the pantry with all the cool gadgets and extras, but I didn’t need all the bells and whistles. I really only needed a few things to get the pantry in tip top shop.

We don’t have a ton of canned food – probably should have more –  but we didn’t even know what we had because we couldn’t see all the labels. The easiest fix for this was to get a canned food riser. We also have spice risers and love them.

The messiest part about our pantry was all the loose bags – they definitely needed some bins. And of coarse, there are also all those small boxes, you know the ones – they have 6 individually wrapped items and take up extra space. Our small boxes were stacking up – so using a bin was perfect to declutter the granola bars, raisins, and so much more~ I even splurged on getting some new bins for Quinn’s stuff, our preschool aged daughter is all about crafting (wonder who she got that from!). The red canvas box did the trick for a while, but it was leaving red marks on the pantry shelf – not good.

Once the bins were full of stuff and in place, I needed a way to quickly know what was inside. There are several wonderful options for labeling bins, but I went with what I had on hand. And being sort of an office-nerd, I have several different sizes of Avery sticker labels.

Check out these great organizers! For a quick visual of all of them, just scroll down to the inspiration board.

Clear bins

Grey plastic basket bins

Clear Lazy-Susan

White bins – 6 pack

Canned food adjustable riser

Stackable wood bins

Wire basket with copper handles

Grey and white woven basket

For more pantry organization inspiration:
Check out my steps to organize the pantry
Instructions to create Avery labels
Free printable pantry labels

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