I have a confession, I’m a Pinterest addict. I can spend hours a day scrolling through Pinterest dreaming up new ideas to try out. You should ask my poor husband about it. Whenever I utter the words Pinterest, you’ll seem him quickly running the other direction or claiming he needs to go to work. lol.
About a month or two ago I found myself scrolling through Pinterest, when I noticed all of these beautiful, ORGANIZED kitchen pantries. At first I scoffed at the idea of an organized kitchen pantry, who seriously had the time to keep up with something like that. Or the engery to go out find all the cutsie bins to organize everything, that probably would turn into a pain in the bum to keep up with. But I couldn’t get the idea out of my mind. You see my pantry use to look like a bomb exploded in it. Nothing had a place and items were shoved into whatever space I saw first. Even my mother in law attempted to help my pantry during one of her visits to Texas. (So embarrassing.) My pantry was definitely in need of HELP! ASAP!!
After a quick look at my organization board on Pinterest I was ready to get started. But were should I start? I had a bunch of pretty pictures to reference, but when I looked at my pantry all felt was overwhelming dread and confusion. My first thought was to run to Target or The Container store to purchase all the pretty bins I saw in the pictures. But I didn’t know how many bins I would need or what exactly I was putting in the bins. So I decided my first step should be Declutter and Clean! I removed all the food from the pantry paying close attention to expiration dates. Anything that had expired or was close to expire I got rid or made a note to use up soon. From there I grouped liked items together. For example, cans with cans (separating them into fruits, vegetables, soups, etc.), jars with jars, pasta with pasta… You get the gist.
Once everything was out of the pantry I wiped down all of the shelves. I was surprised and kinda disgusted by all the dirt and dusted that had accumulated on the shelves over the year we lived here.
Planning and Shopping
I don’t want to call this the hard part of the process, but it did require a little thinking on my part. I knew when I put everything back in the pantry, I wanted to keep the liked items together. For items like cans, jars, and boxes (i.e. cake mixes or box dinners) I dived them into wicker baskets I purchased at Target. This way the items would all stay neat and organized in there own baskets and not spill over into other groupings. Since the baskets are heavy I placed them on the bottom shelve in the pantry. That way they’ll be easy to get to and I won’t have to worry about trying to get a heavy basket off a higher shelf.
On the next shelf I organized perishable fruits, vegetables, and snacks. At The Container Store I purchased three metal wire bins to sort and organize all of our perishable fruits and vegetables. Now that I can see what perishable items we have on hand I find myself using items up before they go bad AND I don’t waste money purchasing extra food that we don’t need. On the other side of the shelves we have the kids favorite part of the pantry. Snacks! I’d like to tell you we are one of those houses where the kiddos eat minimal snack food, but I’d be lying. So sadly snacks are a necessity to our kids. To organize the snack food I used four plastic bins that I found at Target. The snack food in these bins rotate regularly. We have everything from apple sauce, fruit cups, fruit snacks, popcorn, club crackers, graham crackers, juice boxes during the school year. It just depends on what I found on sale that week. lol. OH! I almost forgot in the corner of this shelf I also keep all of my oils and vinegars on a lazy suzan that I found at Target.
On the next shelf I used glass jars to organize all of my baking goods, like flour, salt, different types of sugars, and baking soda. I also put our most used breakfast items like cereal, oatmeal, coco wheats in glass jars as well. The jars I used are from Target, they are a great price, but know up front they don’t have gaskets on them to make an airtight seal. I did order a few gaskets seals from Amazon that worked well on the jars, but to be honest we go through the food in these jars so quickly, that I’m not worried about them going bad.
At this point in my pantry organization process I had taken five-ish shelves of food and neatly organized them into the THREE! Leaving me with two empty shelves! I was floored! Apparently all the bins, baskets, and glass jars had made a difference.
But what in the world was I going to place on the remaining shelves? At first I considered leaving them empty, but that just wouldn’t work for me. There had to be something laying around the house that needed a spot. When it dawned on me! Why not go through my kitchen cabinets that were over flowing with items and neatly organize them into the closet. On the second to top shelf I organized my mason jars, extra storage jars, tea pot, with an assorted box of teas. A large wicker basket in the corner that holds random small kitchen appliances and my Kitchen Aid attachments. On the other side of the shelf I organized my cookbooks by color. And on the top shelf I put items I don’t use as often. Like extra mixing bowls, cake stand, crockpot, counter top grill, food processor, panini press, etc.
And there you have it! My whole organized pantry. I hope I have inspired some of your to organize or revamp your own pantry! If you do be sure to tag me over on Instagram @beautyandwhit, so I can see all of your hard work. And feature it on my Instastories.
Below I have included a list of all the products I used to organize my pantry or similar items.
*I do receive a small percentage for some of the items bought from the links above. The price of the item is in no way affected!