After seeing posts on pantry organization and ideas on Pinterest I was motivated to do my own. I can do so well and remind the kids to keep it tidy and then someway, somehow life goes at the speed of light, my nagging fades, and I’m left with this:
It’s not the worst pantry I’ve ever seen but not the best either. It’s hard for me to find things when they’re shoved in corners and hidden behind boxes. It turns my morning into mayhem in no time flat!
Something about a clean and organized pantry is sweet poetry to my mind. Here’s how you can do the same with your pantry.
Tips for an organized pantry
- Choose a time with little to no distractions or responsibilities so you can maintain focus without frustration.
- Take out items that do not belong in your pantry. I was searching and searching for my duct tape and first aid kit and found them hidden under a pile of bags in pantry. Bags are a must in our home but soon become a menace! I’ve tried the stainless steel bag holder, mesh holder (which when loaded down constantly falls off the hanger), and many other containers.
- If you’re a bag fanatic like me, remove all of them and start from scratch.I agreed to part with the majority of them and kept only the ones that fit into one reusable bag.
I hate to waste good space but there’s something about things on the floor that irks me. As you can see, I put a few things down there and before you know it, there’s a LOT of things on the floor and it looks cluttered and dirty. I also tend to not clean the floor because, let’s face it, I’m NOT going to move all of those things out of the way, then clean the floor, and then move them back! I decided to place only things that did not fit in shelves on the floor.
4. Look on the floor and determine what can be condensed, organized, and moved on the shelves to clear the bottom area.
I had all of the containers I used in my pantry. Although I like the look of the cute containers with labels, I chose to use only what I could access within my kitchen and ones that are mainly see-through so I can quickly assess what I’m running low on and see the contents.
I love the Oxo air-tight containers for chips, cereal, granola, lunch snacks, and mixes.
5. Gather containers you already have to organize like items and keep small items tidy.I had a few labels in my party bin and recently bought a chalk permanent pen and they worked perfectly.
6. Place items in an accessible spot for children to reach and items you do not want to be reached higher on the shelves or along the top.
7. Fill in the blank shelf spots with remaining items.
I completed this pantry organization in less than 45 minutes. I hope you can take some of these ideas and start organizing that pantry!
Ahhhh… music to my ears and pantry poetry in motion.
Do you have any pantry organization tips you’d like to share?