Hands up if you need help with how to organise your pantry? Oh yes, all too often that space in the kitchen can turn to chaos pretty quickly with such frequent use. The kitchen is one of the most high traffic areas of the home, and the pantry and the fridge, definitely work hard as part of that!
Food and supplies going in and out on a daily basis, so if you don’t have a great pantry organisation system in place, you will find yourself back to square one in no time! Trust me, I have been there! And it wasn’t pretty.
Not only that but if you haven’t gotten your pantry organisation sorted, you will end up wasting time in the kitchen, trying to find the things you need, instead of just getting in and getting the job done. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
If you have joined the Simplify My Life challenge, you may have embarked on the big kitchen declutter and found some great kitchen organisation ideas to help you out. If not, that’s okay too. Plenty of time to catch up. And to help you along the way, I have found some of the best organised pantries from around the web to inspire you to get your own up to scratch too.
7 GENIUS PANTRY ORGANISATION IDEAS
1. Childhood 101 – I love the pull out shelves to make it easier to see what is on each shelf, rather than having things get lost at the back so easily, and the space saving spice storage in the hanger is a great idea too.
2. Cassadiva – This looks like my pantry so I think it’s great how she has made the most of a small space. They appear to be Tupperware modular mates which are stackable and very easy to keep organised. Plus the hanging spice racks are a great idea to add extra space to a small pantry too.
3. Design Dining Diapers – The simple addition of some stylish baskets can make a big difference and again a great option for a small space or a low set pantry so you don’t have to bend down to find what you have. Just grab out the basket and sort through instead!
4. Stacy & Charlie – My favourite thing about this is the clear storage containers that are so much easier to see what you’ve got in there even from a glance. Love those tall clear ones!
5. Simplify Fabulous Living – This one is quite stylish with all the labelled glass jars. I am loving the look. And Ikea is fabulous for cheap glass jars. But we have a lot of tins and packets in our pantry so it wouldn’t be this pretty. And imagine if you dropped one. Ooops. They share some great organisation ideas that are worth checking out.
6. Erin Brans – I really love the neat simplicity of this pantry. Everything has its place and they have made good use of storage containers to store the different dry ingredients as well. This one is kind of the best of all the other ones with containers, baskets and tin racks all in one.
7. The Vintage Wren – Again with the stylish baskets. It does look great and so country chic. I will admit we have a lot more processed stuff in our pantry and even though we do try to eat a lot of fresh food, we have a lot more canned or packaged food supplies in ours so it would never look this neat and natural.
One thing most of them have in common are those gorgeous black chalkboard labels for pantry organisation so you know exactly what is in each container. It looks on trend and functional of course too!
You also need the right containers or baskets. I like stackable containers the best for my dry pantry items such as flour, sugar, baking essentials, etc and tall containers for cereal. The idea of baskets or containers to keep small items in one place is perfect too!
For my own pantry, I have shelves dedicated to different types of goods. Eye level is cereals, grains & things like coffee, tea etc. These are the things we use every day. Next one down is all the meal related stuff, like spices, sauces, packet and tinned goods and related products. The bottom shelf is baking supplies and snacks, and we have a tub with school related snack items for easy access too.
Then my floor level has the bags for potatoes, garlic, onions, plus where we store things like cat food, kitchen supplies and extra large items. I also use the top shelf of my pantry for storing party supplies like paper plates, cups and plastic cutlery as well as a couple of tall appliances that don’t fit in my normal kitchen cupboard spaces. It’s pretty high so I need a chair to get up there and retrieve stuff so it is irregular use and special occasion items only.
I would take a pic but my kitchen area has poor natural lighting so it wouldn’t be the best of photos. You will just have to take my word that it is looking pretty snazzy at the moment… although still room for improvement (Hello trip to Ikea).
How do you organise your pantry? Do you have any great tips to share?