For those of you that saw my pantry makeover and wondered if I had food in my house, the answer is “yes!” Last week I shared my pantry makeover and today I wanted to show you the other side of the pantry and give you some pantry organization tips.
You don’t have to have a large pantry to be organized, in fact I have seen more unorganized big pantries, than small ones. I’ve had small pantries for years and always found it easy to organize them because if I wasn’t organized, I wouldn’t have room for all my stuff.
Organizing a large pantry is something that’s new to me but I wanted to make sure it was organized well so that food doesn’t get “lost” and I end up buying more than I need just to fill the space. I started by grouping similar items together: baking, breakfast, pasta/rice, etc.
Then I used these baskets from Michael’s to hold all the loose baking items, breakfast stuff, etc. I also placed all our bags of pasta, quinoa, rice, etc. in a basket to keep them organized and easy to find.
By taking things like oatmeal, out of the boxes, I am able to store a lot of it and use less space.
On the shelf below the baskets I have a designated area for all my drink making ingredients and our large baking ingredients, like flour, GF flour, sugar, etc. I used the green basket to store all my shakers, shot glasses, etc. so they aren’t always falling down.
I also used these large baskets, that I used to have in my entryway, to store our potatoes and the extra flours we use for making our GF blend.
The tall, narrow shelves (the ones that are pretty much the size of my entire old pantry) is where I have school snacks, the coffee bar, paper products, and more.
I kept one of the built-in baskets, that came with the pantry, and used it to organize all of Malea’s school snacks and our other snack foods. I like keeping the snack items in the boxes they come it because then they are easy to keep separated from one another. I usually just rip the top of the box off and then place it in the basket. I store a few things, like trail mix and raisins, in glass canisters.
I also kept this wire rack shelf, that’s on the opposite wall.
I use it to store all our canned good items. I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to menu planning so even though it looks like I don’t have very many cans, I have exactly what I need to make 2 weeks worth of meals. One of the reasons my pantry is so organized, and the reason having a small pantry never bothered me, is because I do meal plan. One of the keys to an organized pantry is not having more than you need, don’t fill up an entire pantry with food you don’t need, just because you can, save money and space by meal planning and buying only what you need.
Because the food portion of my pantry is so organized I’m able to have a “pretty” part of the pantry too, so I can display all my pretty dishes, platters, pitchers, etc.
Do you have a small or big pantry? Let me know if you have any pantry organization questions because I’d love to help you out, no matter what size pantry you have!