7 Steps to an Organized Pantry

Every year before New Year’s day I like to completely re-organize my home. It feels great to wake up to a new year with all of last year’s clutter behind you. I’ve been working on one room at a time over the last several weeks. Yesterday, however, when I opened my pantry door I was horrified. I have a hoarding problem in my pantry.  I immediately took to the Internet to find ways to get an organized pantry before it really got out of hand.

I found some awesome ideas and tips that I would like to share. The best part about these ideas is that everything is relatively inexpensive to do!

Peas and Crayons

I love these labeled canisters for storing dry foods like oatmeal and rice.  Using uniform canisters, tins, or jars is visually appealing and makes your shelves look more organized.

PB & J Stories

How clever is this? She used a magazine rack to hold smaller cans of vegetables and tomato sauce. To hold in the cans she used flattened out bobbi pins. When you take out one can of soup, the rest roll forward.

Simple Seleta

Attach wire baskets to the inside of your pantry door for extra storage.

HGTV, Rate My Space

 Need more room? Use every space available! Attach the lids of mason jars to the underside of a shelf. Store nuts, rice, coffee, etc. in the jars. Simply twist the jar off the lid when needed, then twist it back on.

Country Living

Use chalkboard paint (found in any home improvement store) on your pantry’s inside door. You will be able to use your chalkboard door for menu ideas or grocery lists.

Martha Stewart

Contain unruly plastic bags with a dispenser hung on a hook.  You can find these dispensers online, and they don’t cost a lot of money. For the DIY savvy, there are plenty of tutorials out there on how to make your own as well.

Martha Stewart

 Use small tension rods as pantry dividers so you don’t have to stack cutting boards, baking sheets, and trays on top of each other.

 Are you organizing before the new year? Share in the comments!

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  1. Jennifer Kennedy says

    Organization is so hard for me!! I really need to put some effort into it this coming year. I think the pantry is a good place to start — especially since everything in mine looks like it was placed there haphazardly.

    My pantry consists of everything from canned goods, boxed Indian food, baking items, rice, spaghetti, etc. Any tips on how I should group items within the pantry? By container? By food item?

    Thanks for sharing these tips! Oh, and by the way, my boyfriend went to school in Rochester. I visited once — and remember having a dish called The Garbage Plate — I was told it was a local fare not to be missed.

  2. Jessica Moon says

    Hi Jennifer!

    First of all, yes, “The Garbage Plate” is Rochester’s pride and joy LOL. Did you like it? When I first moved to this area ten years ago, I was slightly grossed out by it (maybe I still am?).

    I really like organizing by container, because I feel it’s more visually appealing and it looks more organized. I know other people really like to organize by similar types of foods in order to make things easier to find. I guess it comes down to personal preference =) Thank you for reading!