How to Organize a Pantry

When a pantry is nice and organized, it can bring an indescribable peace to the household. Clutter only causes stress and chaos! When we remodeled our kitchen a few months ago we decided to design a free standing pantry that resembled a piece of furniture and is aside from the kitchen.  By doing this we were able to add in a very large “pantry” and it was dying for some simple organizational hacks.  If you’d like to find out How to Organize a Pantry and under control, check out these tips.

How to Organize a Pantry

Invest in Storage Containers

One of the best items for organizing a pantry are storage containers. There is an overabundance of storage containers you can choose from to help you organize your pantry. You can organize items like flour, cereal, oatmeal, nuts, and even dried beans in storage containers to help you save room in your pantry. Storage containers take up less room than bulky boxes, plus you can stack them on top of each other.

One of my favorite thing about storage containers is you’re able to see what foods you have in your pantry and when you’re running low.  I love all my storage containers to match and sometimes even add on some cute labels to help identify the items.  Some of my favorite storage containers can be found here.

Utilize Baskets

For the items that are small and you have lots of baskets work wonders. Think taco seasonings, crackers, and other snacks. All of these types of items go very well in baskets. You could even label each basket according to what you want in each one. You could have a snack basket and then a basket for seasonings. It takes the guesswork out of cooking and trying to find what you need in your pantry. Plus, you can avoid over buying because you’ll be able to see what you actually have in your pantry when it’s organized.

Organize into Food Groups

For all of those pantry items that do not easily fit into baskets and storage containers, there is traditional organizing. You can actually organize your food into food groups. This works wonders whenever you’re trying to organize your pantry and keep all of the items under control.  I love to group all my canned fruits together, canned vegetables together, canned beans together, etc.

If you have limited space to work with consider adding in some Space saving can sorters that will allow you to display all your canned goods and rotate the expiration dates! This one is my favorite!

Clean out expired foods

When I’m set to organize my pantry I always make it a point to get rid of any food that is past its expiration date, has been left open or we simply won’t eat.  You wouldn’t believe how much food we consume that just gets shoved into the back of a pantry and is never touched again.  Tip: Grab 2 boxes, one labeled trash and one labeled donate.  If the item is past it’s expiration date toss it in the garbage can and if it’s still a great food idea please consider donating so others can benefit.

With these tips, you can get one part of your kitchen organized that you can’t stand having in disarray. Even though your foods are hidden behind a door doesn’t mean it can be a disaster.  Having a clean and organized pantry will help you feel at ease and makes meal times a breeze.  Having an organized pantry can save you money, time, and sanity. Do you have any tips to add to this list?

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