There was already a kitchen pantry when we bought our home. We loved it as it is a fairly large size room, however, it wasn’t to our liking. So, we had it updated a few months after we moved in. We maximized all the wall spaces to create more storage. While being updated, we found out that behind that wooden curio cabinet, is a void space under the stairs. We had it opened up and had a folding door installed and converted it to a storage. A family of five like ours, we need plenty of it :).
So, after we had the pantry updated to our preference, I gradually started organizing things. What to store here and where things should go.
Organizing is essential. Being organized is finding your breakfast snack bars quickly when you’re running late for a morning meeting in your office or your kids’ snacks and lunches in the morning rush when you have to prepare for your three youngsters, especially when you happen to slept in :(. With that in mind, I have some tips and ideas to share with you which help me create some organization in my pantry and minimize chaos in our household. 🙂
Take the time to reorganize your kitchen pantry. An hour or two of your time to fix things in your pantry will pay off in the long run. Seeing things at a glance results in no over buying, no morning rush and a lot less time spent on putting your grocery list together. The time and money you save is the time and money you can spend on something else, maybe a visit to a spa. A little TLC is what every mom needs from time to time (or even if you’re not a mom).
So, why don’t we head there to get the pantry started 🙂
15 Easy and Simple Tips and Ideas on How to Organize the Kitchen Pantry
1. Grouping. Put items together that are similar or items that you use together. Store pop cans or juice boxes together, pasta sauces and pasta noodles, your bags of chips and so on.
2. Plastic Bins with Handles. To group items, use inexpensive clear plastic bins with handles for ease of handling. If you use non-transparent bins, ensure to use labels for ease of identification and for your convenience. There is no need to pull it all the way out to see its contents.
3. Reachable and Open Shelf. For items that you frequent on a daily basis, like your morning cereals or snacks for school, store them in an open shelf and reachable area. This is important especially when you have small children at home. For their safety, so nobody is standing up on a chair, and for your sanity, so nobody’s following you around asking for more cookies. It’s a good idea to place only a few cookies in a plastic jar on a reachable shelf, to keep things in moderation for the little ones.
My pantry used to have 3 sliding doors. I had to slide to the left or to the right every time I have to grab breakfast cereals. It used to drive me bananas :), so I removed the middle one to keep it open at all time. It’s more convenient as this middle section is what we frequent the most.
4. Clear visibility. Store items like cereals, pasta, oats, and the likes, in clear plastic containers to increase visibility and for ease of dispensing. This will save you a lot of time when you can see things at a glance.
5. Bulky packaging. Throw bulky packaging and store items in labeled containers. This creates more room for storage.
6. Use what you have. Use glass jars and containers that you already have, that’s been sitting in your storage, instead of buying new ones. They are good for storing dry ingredients like spices, flour, sugar and other baking ingredients. This will free up your storage that you can use for your future stash :).
I used my canning jars from storage for spices
7. Erasable Labels. Use erasable labels such as chalkboard labels. For ease of changing label name when you have to use the container for a different item. They are inexpensive and you can find them at your nearby $ store and Dollarama.
8. Over the Door Storage. If you have a walk-in pantry, like I do, an over the door organizer is another great idea. You can use a shoe organizer. A door stopper can be installed to avoid the door from hitting the shelf behind. As I have an ample storage, I didn’t need one.
9. Inside the Cabinet Door Storage. Similar to #8, an inside cabinet door storage can also be installed. Non bulky and light items are good to store in it as they won’t weigh the door down that makes it hard to open.
10. The Overflow. For extra boxes of cereals, canned goods, and other extra items, store them on the higher shelving. This way, you have the convenience of using the lower shelves for frequently used items. For our pantry, I use the upper shelving with doors to store our overflow pots, pans, platters and more. And of course, don’t forget the stool for the hard to reach areas :).
11. Dry Erase Board. Place one in your pantry, as this is helpful in tracking down stuff that you need on your next shopping. Just tell the kids to jot down nut bars or Oreo cookies if they are getting low or list things that they want from the store. Use your handy dandy iPhone to snap a photo of the board when it’s time to hit the store or do your online grocery shopping. This saves a lot of your time going through each shelf and figuring out what you are out or low of.
My kids love writing on my pantry board;
a what, a dirt bike! 🙂
12. Open Shelving. It is a good place to store your spices, grains and seeds. Store them in matching glass jars. Not only will they appear neat and organized, but aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. And don’t forget to label them.
13. Spice Rack. Lazy Susan is an ideal storage for your spices and one that is popular. Another spice rack that I use and works great for me is called Spicy Shelf Spice Rack and Stackable Organizer.
This spice rack can be adjusted to your shelf’s dimension.
Spice Rack and Stackable Organizer
14. Stackable storage bins. Use stackable bins to maximize your pantry space as they create more room to store items.
15. A Riser. Like stacking shelves, a shelf riser provides more storage space.
That’s all folks for my simple ideas & tips on how to organize the kitchen pantry. I hope that I was able to help you create some organization in your own pantry. If you have any ideas and tips that you want to share with us, please feel free to leave them down below the comment section. 🙂