How To Organize Your Pantry



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How to organize your pantry...

One of the most frequent requests we have from our organizing clients is the pantry. This is probably the hardest working space in a home and one of the most challenging to keep organized because multiple people are using it and it holds all. the. things.

Benefits of an organized pantry

We honestly love organizing pantries – it’s one of our favorite spaces to create organized systems because it’s the space that has the most impact on the entire household. An organized pantry means a more organized life in general.


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The first step is editing...

There's some work involved:

This is the part that ends up stopping a pantry from getting organized. Editing a pantry can be a bit tedious (not for us of course!) but here is how you do it:

Group, sort, edit...

  1. Prep your space by adding folding tables, and clearing off the counters and island.
  2. Pull everything out of the pantry
  3. Create loose groups of categories such as rice & pasta, cereal, canned goods, snacks, etc. plus any paper products, small appliances, or the like. Tip: shoe boxes and Post It Notes can help define your categories.
  4. Subsort each category into smaller groups such as beans, canned vegetables, soups, types of rice, and water bottles like this recent project!
  5. Check all expiration dates (and it’s your call as to when you feel is actually ‘expired’).
  6.  Toss foods that are expired more than a year or whatever your personal guidelines are, trash, etc.
At this point, you can see what you’ve got to work with which informs the next steps where you determine how you’ll set things up in your newly emptied space! 

Pro tip: if your pantry items are no more than a year out of date – most food pantries will accept these. 

Create your organized pantry

How to organize your pantry...

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Acacia lazy susan

An organized pantry is a glorious thing

Get your life back with an organized pantry – we are here to help! Drop us a line for any product recommendations or to schedule a time to take a look!

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