An unorganized pantry means food that goes unseen – expires and is thrown away. An unorganized pantry means the perfect hiding place for bugs. An unorganized pantry means chaos and frustration.
When I purchased my first home the pantry area didn’t have any built-in shelves, so an easy solution was purchasing a wire rack. Now being a first-time pantry owner, I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to keep items stored away on a wire rack. The open gaps didn’t make for a safe environment for anything that was glass. And certainly, wasn’t an easy solution for stacking anything.
“My unorganized space continually stayed unorganized and most would say it was getting worse.”
With a new house guest arriving soon I knew that I had to get this space under control. I went through a lot of Pinterest ideas and came up with some of my own.
Through my process of finding the perfect solution, I found that I could handle everything through 5 steps. Okay, are you ready for it?
Step 1: Open your pantry and really look at it. Really try to envision everything you need to make this space organized. Going back to my canned goods and the wire shelving I knew I would need something to fix that problem.
Anyone else have a husband or kids that leave the cereal bag opened? They have plastic containers to fix that problem, so I added those containers to my list. And I knew I would need some storage boxes with lids. To give my baking products a home, and a place to store my K-cups.
Step 2: Get all your organizing supplies.
Step 3: Removing everything from your pantry. Everything that you remove, be sure to check expiration dates. You will want to make sure that everything returning to your pantry is still edible. If it is something that you’ve had for a while and haven’t used but it’s still good? Make a donate pile. There are tons of ways to donate your canned goods.
Now keep in mind when you are taking everything out that your counter space is going to fill up quickly and will stay that way for a bit. Time out your project so that it doesn’t overlap with a meal time.
Step 4: Wipe everything down and then place your new organization/storage containers how you think you want your pantry to look. This way if you want to move something you aren’t dealing with the extra weight.
Step 5: Then the fun part comes. Clearing your countertops and putting everything back in the pantry.
As you can see I used the lids from my storage boxes as a placemat for my canned goods. I loved how this turned out and it unified the space.
I loved the idea of putting a spice rack into the pantry and allow for more space in my cabinets.
To bring you a better visual I labeled the boxes that I used in my pantry.
Mega Box: Perfect for your larger items. I used it for all my baking goods. It will be perfect for when I am baking and I can just grab the entire box.
Document Box: This box was perfect for my tea supply as well as seasoning packets. It would also work well for other small miscellaneous items.
Medium Document Box: It’s a bit larger than the document which was the perfect storage for K-Cups! This box would also be perfect for organizing snacks, other baking materials, or koozies.
To read more about other items that helped me with my pantry and items that could work for yours, click here.
Written by: Christine Hampel – Samsill and Pop n’ Store blogger