5 Steps to An Organized Pantry

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organized pantryHi friends! While I may work from home, my schedule is hectic.  CABL is all about trying to help make your life better. From eating healthy to home hacks, I try to make everything in life feel a little better when it comes to simplifying everyday things. So, what hack are we talking about today? The pantry. The bane of my existence, lol. Where everything food lands and becomes hidden.  It’s also where the kids sneak into, so I need to keep the chaos at bay with an organized pantry.

I’ve always loved organization. And like I said, I work from home and adding in kids, if it’s messy I am less than productive, to say the least. Cleaning and organizing actually will help us to be healthier and reduce stress and cause you to be more productive. An organized pantry will also save you money! No more overbuying or waste because you had no idea what was on hand!

Key Take-Aways

Trust me, you can review all of the organizational posts, but your take away should only be the basic tips, This is because it may look beautiful, but not be functional for YOU! It has to work for your circumstances. 

 

With my kitchen, I had to know where everything is quickly and keep the kids’ stuff low so they didn’t cause chaos to the rest of the pantry.

 

Before organizing, I had thrown in items and stacks with no system. I made mental notes what made sense to my kitchen in a reorganize:

 

  • Since I won’t put food on the floor, I would use the space for beverage storage.
  • To minimize soda drinking though I want it on hand for guests, I knew keeping it on the floor and warm would prevent me from drinking it as opposed to storing grab and go water bottles, ready in the fridge.
  • Rarely used supplies, like baking or extras would be stored on the hard to reach top shelf
  • Snacks had to be on the bottom shelf so the kids grabbed what they needed without making a mess of the rest of my stuff.
  • I wanted containers that were labeled for easy storage and quick grab.
  • While it may not be out in the open, I wanted an attractive cohesive feel. 

An Organized Pantry in 5 Steps

 

Step 1: Clean & Paint

 

Clear absolutely everything out of your pantry, even the what’s on the floor. Wash everything down with either a vinegar and water or ammonia and water solution. This will ensure a clean surface and no bugs. Prime, if needed and paint the walls.  While you’re at it, check out 10 Organization Ideas Under $10.

 

Step 2: Sort

 

Next, you’ll need to sort the contents based on the plan of what you want in your pantry. Remember, I said do what works for you. I sorted into areas of what worked for me like baking, pasta, kids’ snacks, and misc. This will help you decide what you want to buy for storage of these items. 

 

What I stored in the pantry:

  • Beverages (soda, water, etc.)
  • Baking items
  • Coffee and flavorings
  • Pasta and sauces
  • Misc. (for me this was taco shells, stuffing, etc. Things I only had one box or so of)
  • Snacks
  • Chips
  • Variety of drink mixes

 

Step 3: Purchase what you’ll store in

 

Purchase storage containers that make sense to your situation. For example, since I have kids in the home, I don’t want glass storage, especially for their snacks. I also want to buy based on the piles I created. While my pantry isn’t big enough, another great idea is having bins labled for each day of the week. Then, you store the ingredients for that days meals in one container. Not only does it allow you to be sure you have what’s needed, it allows for a quick grab when your especially busy. Don’t miss these 27 Bedroom Organization Hacks That’ll Make You Look Like a Genius.

 

Step 4: Label 

 

Labels are essential to an organized pantry. Every “thing” has a place and every “thing” kept in its place. If you didn’t select clear, you’ll never know what’s in the containers either.  Since I have labels, I instantly know which bin to grab in food preparation or if I am running out the door and want a quick grab food. Plus, the kids know where their stuff is so no more digging in the pantry! Here are 13 Dollar Store Organization Hacks You Can Actually Use.

 

Step 5: Other storage

 

If you’re blessed with a large pantry, you may want to keep other items in here such as appliances like a KitchenAid, or hostessing paraphernalia. 

 

 

 

There you have it! I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration for an organized pantry of your own! Do you like hacks of all kinds? You can see more of my hack posts here! Xoxo

 

 

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