We all struggle with disorganized spaces in our homes and one of the most challenging spaces to keep organized is the pantry! There’s so much turnover- things are always coming and going. It can be difficult to create long-lasting categories and stick to them. However with a few tips and tricks, you can upgrade your current situation into an Insta-worthy space!
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WHAT’S THE PLAN
One of the first things to think about when organizing your pantry is what function the space needs to serve. Other than food, do you store small appliances, grocery bags, linens, etc? Function will ultimately determine what kind of storage you need. Take a look through Pinterest for ideas and start getting a general idea of your end goal.
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EMPTY + CLEAN
Now you want to empty everything out of your pantry and group like items together. Organizing them as you go will make it easier to see what you have. Throw away any expired items, stale chips, etc. Ask yourself, “Are we really going to use this?” You may discover some items hiding in the background that you forgot about. After you have removed everything, you’ll want to give it a deep clean. This is a great opportunity to line the shelves and clean up the walls and floor.
CATEGORIZE + SHOP
Once you’ve cleaned everything out, make a list of what remains and think of dividing each of the shelves into zones. If you keep similar items together, it makes it easier to find what you need. For example, baking supplies, snacks, and canned goods could all be arranged in their own sections. You can also consider taking everything out of it’s original packaging and placing them in new streamlined containers – it makes everything easier to find and more pleasing to the eye. It’s best to keep as many items visible as possible. Now, take your list and start shopping for containers, baskets, bins, etc. that fit the space.
PLACE + LABEL
Once you’ve transferred all your supplies into containers, don’t forget to label them so you’ll remember what everything is. Now we’re getting to the fun part, seeing it all come together! Start placing your bins and containers back on the shelves according to your plan. Remember, consider the function of the items, that will help you place items that makes the most sense to you.
Here are a few tips:
- Place frequently used items at eye level.
- Heavier items can go near the bottom.
- Long-term or items used infrequently can go on the top shelves.
- Keep a step stool handy so you can reach everything.
My best tip, keep it real! This is not a professionally photographed magazine ad, so don’t stress if you have items that aren’t perfectly placed.