Honest to goodness, the pantry is one of THE most consistently organized spaces in our home. It’s been that way for several years now which is exciting because we know the organization system we have in place is working for the way we live. It took a bit of trial and error, a lot of decluttering and the determination to keep the system maintained but let me tell ya, the effort has been totally worth it. Here’s a look at how we made pantry organization easy and how you can too…(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)
Before we gave the pantry a makeover it looked like it had a personality disorder. One side was totally out of control and looked like this…
and the other side looked like this. Not bad at all but I knew with just a few tweaks the whole pantry could be even better.
I wanted the pantry to feel more like a boutique than a storage closet so we gave the walls a fresh coat of paint using Valspar Silver Leaf. Even though the pantry is only about 21 square feet, we were able to divide the space into zones and use one side for vintage dishes,
while using the other side of the pantry for dry goods. I’m a huge fan of using baskets to keep things like can goods, pastas and snack items organized. We’ve used water hyacinth baskets like these for years now and they’re holding up really well. I know baskets can get expensive sometimes so use coupons and seasonal sales to get more bang for your buck.
We saved money on this project by keeping the existing wire shelves that were already in the pantry. We also used Pic Monkey and a roll of matte adhesive paper from Walmart to create custom labels for the glass jars in the pantry, laundry room and the spice drawer too. Labels come in all shapes and sizes now so if you don’t feel comfortable making your own, don’t sweat it, office supply stores sell lots of options. You can also buy labels online here.
My bestie S helped to build these drawers and I use them all the time! We put them on casters so they could be easily accessed and moved. The drawers hold party and tablescape supplies. You can find out how we made them here. If you don’t have the time or space to building your own storage drawer, consider using dresser drawer or putting crates on casters. Without a doubt, maximize every inch of space you have!
We also created a dog feeding station from an old nightstand. You can read all about the transformation here. I can’t even tell you how awesome it is to have a place for their food inside. We used to have to go out in the garage every morning to get their dry food. It’s so much easier to feed all three dogs at the same time now. Bonus – we’re able to use the drawers to store their toys and clothes too.
I know some of you may have large or mischievous dogs where a pet feeding station inside is not an option. If this is the case, consider storing your dog’s food and treats in food safe containers that make meal time as seamless as possible. I know they can get really rowdy, really quickly especially when they’re hungry.
The final thing we created for the pantry was a chalkboard for the grocery list. We used a Command Hook to hang it on the inside the pantry door. Before I leave for the grocery store, I take a quick picture of the list with my phone and boom no more forgetting contact lens solution!
Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to achieve an organized pantry:
- Declutter before you organize
- Toss pantry items that are expired
- Pair like items with like (i.e. keep all of the canned food, rice, pasta, condiments, etc. together)
- Chose a mix of different sized baskets to corral everything from canned goods to peanut butter. This is important because the pantry is not a “one size fits all” kind of space.
- Use clear containers for dry goods including pasta and rice so you’re always able to keep the pantry fully stocked with staples.
- Don’t over buy – this is a big one – if you’re snack basket is already overflowing you need to eat your chips and cookies before buying more – just saying.
- Be fully committed to maintaining an organized pantry.
See you guys back here tomorrow. We’ve used baskets to keep us organized in the refrigerator for two years now. I get a lot of questions from family and friends about how they really work so I’ll help you decide if they’re right for your family too. Until then, I’ll see you on Facebook, on Instagram and on Pinterest.