Posted 19 Mar, 2020
Stress-free Pantry Organization Ideas
Scared to open the doors of your kitchen pantry? You're not alone. There are lots of pantry organization ideas, but getting motivated to tackle this project can be difficult.
Your pantry stores a variety of items and is usually a dedicated floor to ceiling cabinet, cupboard, or small room. However, anywhere you designate for things like canned goods and baking supplies can be considered your pantry.
This area is a valuable space that rarely sees special attention. Turn it into an area equipped to support your culinary adventures and save you during a baking emergency. (We all know those occasions when only a homemade chocolate chip cookie can fix a broken heart and make things right.)
Arranging your kitchen for maximum efficiency makes cooking stress-free and more fun. Soon, your pantry will resemble the shelves at your favourite supermarket.
Try these pantry organization ideas to declutter your cabinet and set yourself on the path to having a calming kitchen.
Step 1: Evaluate your pantry
Before emptying your pantry and reorganizing its contents, open its doors and evaluate your space. Notice the types of items you have and start to brainstorm the categories you can incorporate. Examples may include grouping dried foods, cans, cereals, baking supplies and plastic containers into separate areas.
Pro tip: If you get stuck while deciding which categories will work best for your panty, don’t give up! Visit your local grocery store for inspiration to see how they group items by aisle.
Step 2: Shop for helpful bins and shelving
After evaluating your pantry's needs, it's time to go shopping for shelves, bins and labels to set up your organizational system. Try your luck at a local dollar store and search the aisles for anything that might be suitable for your DIY project. If the containers are transparent, you'll be able to see at a glance when you're running low on anything important.
Pro tip: Wire shelving or racks creates multiple levels of space to stack heavy items like cans and bulky appliances safely.
Step 3: Clean out and clean up
Kick-off your organizational task by pulling everything out of your pantry and laying it out across your kitchen table and countertop. Thoroughly clean and dust the shelves in your cabinet and line them for protection and to prevent slipping.
Pro tip: Now is an excellent time to try arranging your new shelves and containers while your pantry is empty. Once everything fits, your organizational accessories are ready to fill with your food and non-food items.
Step 4: Let the organization begin!
Separate your pantry's contents into your predetermined categories and start filling your bins and shelves. When you begin filling your containers and inserting them into the cabinet, don't be afraid to adjust your plans once you see how things work together. You might need to rearrange, and that's okay!
The time you invest in perfecting a system that works will save you lots of time in the long run and make future tidying quick and easy.
Pro tip: Store items according to their frequency of use for easy access. For example, if you can't reach the top of your pantry without a stool, use that space for things that you rarely use like an extra tea kettle or disposable dinnerware.
Step 5: Label your organized masterpiece
A benefit of categorizing your pantry's items is that you can fit more than one kind of item in a large container. However, it's essential to label all bins to prevent other household members from putting things away in the wrong area. Making things easy to understand with a "Spices" or "Condiments" label will make it clear to everyone where everything belongs.
Pro tip: If you don't have a label maker, never fear! Substitute with sticky notes reinforced with tape or plain white address labels.
Step 6: Give your family a tour and teach them how the system works
Show off your hard work by inviting your household to see your new and organized kitchen pantry. Not only will they be incredibly appreciative of your thoughtful task, but they will gain understanding into the system you've created.
Once your makeover is complete, you'll start saving money because you'll be able to see everything in your pantry at a glance and stop purchasing duplicate items.
Pro tip: If you know certain family members tend to use specific items in your pantry, direct them to that area and help them find anything you've moved. This will prevent future frustration and make things easier when they are helping you put away groceries.
We hope that these pantry organization ideas encourage you to make your kitchen cabinet a place of order and help you see that it's not as hard as it seems. With careful patience and planning, your pantry project will be perfect!