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Today, we’re in the kitchen talking all about your pantry.

Does your pantry look like the ones on Pinterest? 

You know, where everything is in those cute containers with wooden lids, and all of the shelves are organized by color?? 

Mine either!!  

But, imagine if your pantry was set up so that whatever you needed was easily within reach so that finding your favorite ingredients was a breeze. 

AHHHH, right??!! 

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.

Benjamin Franklin

Let’s turn that dream into reality by using these 10 practical tips to organize your pantry. 

Start with a Clean Slate 

First things first, let’s start by emptying your pantry. 

This will let you see how much room you have to work with AND it’s your chance to declutter and throw away any expired items.

Categorize with Purpose

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of organization. 

Group together similar items – pasta with pasta, canned goods with canned goods, and so on. 

This simple step sets the foundation for a seamlessly organized pantry.

*If you want some pantry inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board HERE.

Storage Solutions

Invest in clear containers for your pantry staples.   

Don’t worry if they’re not matchy-matchy with wooden tops, but clear containers will help you find what you need at a glance.

Not only do they keep everything in view, but they also give your pantry a polished, cohesive look.

They don’t have to be expensive either – Home Goods and Amazon have some good inexpensive options, and Mason jars work well too.

The most important thing is to make sure your containers are airtight to keep ingredients fresh for longer. 

Pro-tip: If you’re not in the habit of decanting your dry goods, start slowly with just a couple of containers to see if this is something you can (and want to) keep up with. 

Smart Shelf Management

Make the most of your pantry space by using shelves that you can adjust. 

Arrange things based on size – cereal containers will need a tall space and a shorter space for cans, etc. 

When you’re setting up your pantry, think about where each item should go based on how often you use it, and adjust the shelves accordingly. 

If you can’t adjust your shelves, shelf inserts work great too.  You can buy stackable shelf inserts at stores like IKEA, Walmart, or Amazon. 

The Power of Labelling

Labels aren’t just for the super organized – they’re for everyone who wants a stress-free cooking experience. 

Label your containers and shelves for easy access and to prevent those “Where did I put the sugar?” moments.

Image of pantry items in mason jars on wooden shelves

Spice It Up

Having your spices within easy reach is essential in the kitchen. 

But, finding the right one in a sea of little jars can be tricky!

Invest in a rack or drawer organizer to keep those spices at your fingertips.

Bonus points for arranging them alphabetically – it’s a game-changer.

Snack Zone

Create a designated snack zone. 

Whether it’s a basket or a whole separate shelf, having a spot for snacks keeps things tidy and makes it easy to grab a quick treat. 

Plus, it’s an excellent way to keep an eye on your snack inventory – no more running out of your favorite chips when you have a craving!

Think Vertical

Don’t forget the vertical space! 

Use the inside of your pantry door for extra storage. 

Install hooks for aprons, potholders, or even a handy shopping list. 

It’s a simple trick that adds functionality without taking up valuable shelf space.

Lighting Matters

A well-lit pantry not only looks amazing but also makes it easier to find what you need.

Consider adding battery-operated LED lights or a small pretty lamp to brighten up your pantry space. 

It’s a small touch that makes a big difference.

Regular Check-ins

After you’ve gone through all this work, maintaining your organized pantry is essential.

Schedule regular check-ins to make sure everything stays in order. 

It’s a quick task that prevents chaos from creeping back in. 

A well-organized pantry is an ongoing project – a little love and attention go a long way.

Final Flourish

To put the cherry on top, add a personal touch to your pantry. 

A splash of color with vibrant shelf liners, framed artwork, or your favorite quote can make your pantry feel like a curated space rather than just a storage area. 

Remember, the goal is not just functionality but creating a space you love to step into.

There you have it – the art of organizing your kitchen pantry like a pro! 

Your pantry is a canvas waiting for your personal touch. 

So, roll up those sleeves, put on your favorite playlist, and let’s transform that pantry into a space that‘s both beautiful and practical. 

Happy organizing!

**Thinking about doing a kitchen renovation?  Download the FREE Kitchen Must-Have’s Worksheet by clicking HERE**

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