So on the scale of world problems, pantry organization doesn’t exactly rank very high up there.
I think it fits somewhere in between chipped toenails and stains on the rug.
But, honestly, having an organized pantry can make your life better.
I think that we tend to underestimate the little things in life. We put all our focus on the big. The new. The shiny.
We rank things like new cars and fancy trips as the absolute most important ways to improve our life.
When, the truth is, life is really lived in the details. The moments. The day-to-day. It’s lived not just on that once-a-year-sunny-vacation, but in the boring humdrum of making breakfasts and folding laundry and cooking dinner for your family.
These types of moments in our life actually make up most of our life.
So I think that these moments should count too.
That’s why I strive to create a home that is comfortable, cheerful, and tidy.
And that’s why I think that things like having an organized pantry actually do matter.
So how can a pantry possibly rank? Why even bother??
- It makes your day-to-day life smoother: You can find what you need when you need it taking the pain out of meal prep, making lunches, snack time etc.
- It helps you plan and be prepared: You know what you are low on and need to buy when you are grocery shopping so you don’t run out of things unexpectedly.
- It makes you feel more calm and in control of your life: Small things truly do add joy to our lives. An organized pantry can reduce stress in your day-to-day life. It’s just like making your bed; it is shocking the impact that these little things have on our psyche. Organizing the spaces we use the most helps to eliminate clutter in our minds and increases calm and joy.
The truth is, all things fall to the wayside in time and need repeated maintenance.
And I tell ya, my pantry as of late really hasn’t been up-to-snuff. I was feeling the niggling-stress of it every time I went to prepare a snack or meal, and felt overwhelmed when it came time to make a grocery list.
So today I’m going to share my pantry organized makeover journey with y’all, as well as some tips on how you can organize your own pantry.
Here is what I started with…
How to organize your Pantry:
Take EVERYTHING out of it.
- Lay it all out on the counter or your table. Sort through and get rid of old stuff or things past their date.
Sort the food into sections of like items:
- Baking, Bread products, Canned goods, Soups, Staples/Dried Goods, Snacks, Oils/Vinegars, Tea, Spices, Produce, Cereals, etc.
Determine what size containers you need to hold each type of item and source your containers.
- (I’ve shared some containers at the bottom of this post) You can repurpose containers you have in your home or purchase new ones for this task. I decided to pick up a few new baskets and a lazy susan for this pantry makeover – I already owned all the clear glass jars.
Decide where you want each item to be housed.
- For example, I like baking up high, because I don’t use it that often so I don’t have to haul it down very frequently. Similarly I like snacks, cereals, breads, and dried goods at eye level because I use those the most. I also like canned goods and pasta down low in a pullout as I find that easy to see and access. I also dedicated an entire drawer to tea, hot chocolate, coffee etc. but most people won’t need quite that much space for these items. I may, or may not have a David’s Tea addiction. You need to place items according to what makes sense for you and for you how eat and cook.
Place the items in their storage containers and in their new spaces.
- I played around with this a little until it felt just right.
- I chose only to label the baskets and the larger glass containers as I felt I could easily determine what is in the smaller glass containers based on sight – it felt like overkill to label them. But go as crazy as you want with your labels!
Keep on top of it!
- Throw out old stuff regularly, go through and make sure everything is in it’s place as you make your grocery list and before you add more food to it. These simple habits help you keep up with your organizational system.
Here is how ours looks after all this!!
I utilized the insides of the doors to help me keep even more organized.
I added two clipboards: one for keeping an ongoing shopping list on, and the other for keeping a weekly menu plan.
I didn’t want to drill hooks into my cabinet doors, so I used Command Hooks instead – these ones are designed to hold two pounds and they have held up brilliantly.
On the other door, I added some cork board.
These are simply cork tiles from the dollar store that I cut to size and then attached using Command Strip Poster Hanging Strips – so as to not damage our cabinets doors as well. This is perfect for pinning up coupons or photos or tickets.
I think I will add some more cork to the bottom of the doors to be able to pin up some of the boys’ school work as well.
The lazy susan inside the pantry is one of my very favourite additions.
I placed our wine bottles behind it as we don’t need immediate access to them – and everything on the lazy susan is super easy to grab! I highly recommend incorporating one if you can.
These jars were all purchased from our local Dollarama store a couple of years ago when I first organized my pantry (before our big kitchen renovation).
The baskets are all from my local Walmart, and the chalkboard labels are from Dollarama. I hung them using some black and white baker’s twine.
I added the clipboards so I could have super easy access to my weekly meal planning sheet and ongoing shopping list.
I shared both these as Free Printables for you to use as well!!
I can’t get over the difference. It is so much nicer to use, now! I feel relaxed and prepared to make snacks and meals and to figure out what I need to add to our grocery lists. These sound like such simple things, but it honestly adds joy to my day-to-day.
What do you think?
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I am also sharing my Free Printable Weekly Shopping List and Meal Planner: