5 steps to an organized pantry

After helping a dear friend organize her well-stocked (er, should I say, extremely well-stocked!) pantry today, I thought it would be fun to talk about pantry organization and to post some inspiration photos of organized pantries.

diy rolling kitchen pantry shelves | www.akadesign.ca

Step one in organizing your pantry is to pull everything out and place it all on the countertops or the kitchen table for sorting. This makes a big mess, but it is truly necessary to get organized.

Step two is to toss everything that is expired. You don’t want to keep around anything that isn’t useful anymore.

recipe books on open pantry

Step three is to place like with like (on the table or counter for now, you will move it all into the pantry shortly). Put all the mac and cheese together, all the soups, the snacks, the pasta, etc. Another option is to put everything needed to make a meal together: taco shells, refried beans, salsa, taco seasoning, corn, etc and spaghetti, sauce, garlic bread, etc.

Step four is to make use of baskets or other containers for corralling things like spices or packets of seasoning, etc. so they don’t spread all over the cupboard.

keep spices in canning jars

Step five is to stock your cupboard. You should put the things you use most on the easiest to reach shelves and the least-used items higher.

Now you have an organized pantry. How easy was that?

(Post updated with photos of our own pantry.)

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    Love the photos! What an easy process that was- I love looking at the progress we made and having it all in a sensible place. Let the cooking begin:-)

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    Kathleen says

    Where did you get the mason jar (stair-step) rack for your pantry? I use my FoodSaver attachment to vacuum pack my herbs and spices in mason jars. I want to store them exactly the way you have pictured, but have been unable to find a suitable ascending shelf that allows for multiple tiers of jar storage on one shelf.


    Kathleen Horton