We’re sharing 5 Tips for Organizing a Small Pantry and the simple steps we used to tame the mess at Bliss Barracks.
Shortly before the holidays, my Mom called with a big and (according to her) “embarrassing problem” that needed to be addressed “immediately.”
“Like REALLY stuck, CoCo, and I don’t know how to fix it,” she said with a sense of urgency.
My Mom Is not usually animated so I held my comments as she continued.
“I went out and bought all these baskets for the pantry last year. I mean, A LOT of them. I’ve tried all this time to make them work. And they just don’t. Or at least they don’t for me.”
“The pantry is a MESS. A BIG MESS. And I can’t take it anymore.”
A few moments later, I received photos of the 3.5 ft by 3.5 ft pantry at Bliss Barracks.
Sure, it was messy.
But I quickly assured her there was nothing to be embarrassed about and told her everything could be fixed with just a few tweaks.
Truthfully, I receive messages pretty frequently about how to keep small spaces like the pantry, closets, and drawers neat and tidy.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for someone to go out and buy lots of baskets one week and then quickly become overwhelmed when the system no longer works a few weeks later.
If you’re one of those people like my Mom trying hard to make it all work but still feel like it’s “not quite there yet,” hope is on the way!
Here’s a look at 5 Tips for Organizing a Small Pantry…
Small Pantry Organization Tip 1: Declutter and Toss
Clear off the kitchen table or island to use as a work surface area. Then, take all the items out of the pantry and place them on the table or island.
Create categories by pairing like items with like (i.e., keep all the canned food, rice, pasta, condiments, etc.)
Toss items that are expired.
Tip 2: Assess Your Needs & Determine Your Priorities
After my Mom had decluttered the items in the existing baskets, she was better able to assess her needs.
For one thing, she realized the baskets were not ideal for things like canned goods and oils.
My Mom also realized she didn’t like the visual clutter that came with having a variety of snacks on hand for everyone from the littles to my Dad.
This was easily remedied by decanting snacks and using clear containers.
Small Pantry Organization Tip 3: Invest in Smart Storage Solutions & Clear Containers to Decant Where Possible
Most of the time, baskets work well to help corral everything from peanut butter to snacks to cereals.
That said, it’s important to refine storage solutions where needed because the pantry is not a “one size fits all” kind of space.
Use clear containers for dry goods including sugar, flour, pasta, beans, and rice so you can keep the pantry fully stocked with staples.
Turntables can help corral bottles of oil to make them easily accessible.
Try risers to keep canned goods neat and tidy.
Tip 4: Shop Your Backstock First & Don’t Over Buy
I know some of you are lucky enough to have a backstock. My parents have room for one in their home too.
If this is the case, make sure you shop your backstock first before heading to the store. That way, you’re not buying items you already have on hand.
Also, and I know this might be a hard one, if you’re snack basket is already overflowing eat your chips and cookies before buying more.
Small Pantry Organization Tip 5: Refine Where Needed & Commit to Daily/Weekly Maintenance
Keeping your pantry neat and tidy takes work.
It’s not a “one and done” kind of thing so you have to be fully committed to maintaining and organizing a small pantry.
We clean and declutter our pantry each week before heading out for groceries. It makes it so much easier to put things away!
We also tweak as needed when we see things aren’t working right away.
If your pantry looks like this…don’t be embarrassed.
There’s plenty of time to take the first step and start decluttering today!
I hope these 5 simple tips for organizing a small pantry have helped. Let us know if you have any tips to share on how you keep your pantry neat and tidy too!Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.