In this post, pantry organization tips made easy, we’re sharing our best tricks for keeping the pantry organized with baskets all year long!
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Honest to goodness, I have a love affair with baskets. I look for them at thrift stores, antique malls and charity shops.
We use them all around the house to help us keep things neat and tidy. The real star of the basket show though, is our pantry.
The pantry is one of THE most consistently organized spaces in our home. It’s been that way for several years now which feels like a huge accomplishment.
It took a bit of trial and error, a lot of decluttering, investing in a proven organization system, and the determination to keep it all 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…
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How it All Began
Before we started using a basket system in 2014, our pantry was completely out of control. One side looked like this…
and the other side looked like this.
Once we decided to invest in baskets and glass storage containers though, it made a world of difference.
A Fresh Start
Over the years, I wanted the pantry to feel more like a boutique than a storage closet.
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.
Embrace Baskets and a Variety of Containers
I’m a huge fan of using baskets to keep things like canned goods, pastas and snack items organized. We’ve used water hyacinth baskets like these for years now and they’re holding up really well.
Baskets can get expensive sometimes so make sure to use coupons and seasonal sales to get more bang for your buck.
New year sales in January and back to school sales in July and August are great times to take advantage of baskets and other organizational items.
Labels & Organization
Labels come in all shapes and sizes. So, if you don’t feel comfortable making your own, don’t sweat it.
Office supply stores sell lots of diy label options and most of the time all you need is your home computer and printer.
Use Vintage and Thrifted Baskets for Extra Storage
Depending on the size of your pantry and kitchen, consider using large vintage and thrifted baskets for extra storage.
Especially, if you buy in bulk.
Vintage baskets like split oak picnic baskets can be used to hold everything from extra paper towel rolls to extra toilet paper to kitchen trash bags.
Maximize Every Inch of Space Possible
Several years ago, my bestie S helped me build the pantry storage drawers and I use them all the time!
We put them on casters so they could be easily accessed and moved. The drawers hold all sorts of party and tablescape supplies.
If you don’t have the time or space to build your own pantry storage drawers, consider using dresser drawers or putting crates on casters to help maximize your space.
Create a Pet Feeding Station
We used to have to go out in the garage every morning to get dry dog food. Now we can make Filbie’s meals at the same time we’re making our own which makes things a million times easier!
I know some of you may have large or mischievous dogs where having 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 mealtime as seamless as possible.
I know firsthand they can get really rowdy, really quickly especially when they’re hungry.
On a side note, if you have curious littles you’ll want to keep a safety lock on your pet feeding station.
Make Grocery Shopping or Weekly Menu Questions Easy
Another thing we created for the pantry was a chalkboard for the grocery list and weekly menus.
We used a Command Hook to hang the chalkboard on the inside the pantry door and it’s been a huge help.
Now that we’re home more our pantry organization needs have changed and you might find yours have too.
The simple basket system we put in place all those years ago is still working well for us. But we’ve also had to include additional containers for things like cereal and snacks.
Once you have a system in place that works for you be flexible as your needs change. This will help keep your pantry tidy no matter what season of life you find yourself in.
Here are a few other pantry organization tips made easy to keep in mind:
- 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)
- Choose 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 sugar, flour, pasta and rice so you can 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.
- Be fully committed to maintaining an organized pantry. We clean and tidy ours each week before heading out for groceries. It makes it so much easier to put things away!
We hope these pantry organization tips made easy have helped! I know it always feels good to have everything organized and tidy.
Especially, if you have a tiny pantry like we do!
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