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These simple kitchen pantry organisation ideas will transform your pantry in no time at all. From clever storage solutions to genius ways to organise a small pantry. Get your kitchen organised once and for all with these pantry organisation tips and inspiration.
This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been updated in March 2020.
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 highest traffic areas of the home. This means having an organised pantry area is a high priority!
With food and cooking supplies going in and out on a daily basis, 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!
preparing to organise your pantry
When you are ready to organise your pantry, there are a few things you should do first.
Start with a complete cleanout. Take everything out of your pantry so you can start with a clean slate. This is a tedious job, but one you will be glad you did because you may be amazed at how much stuff you can throw out.
It also gives you a chance to restock any essential pantry items you need.
Follow these steps to clean out your pantry:
- Remove everything from your pantry
- Wipe down shelves with a food-safe surface cleaner
- Vacuum or sweep and mop pantry floor
- Go through each individual packaged item and throw out anything past used by date
- For food in containers, check no bugs have gotten into them (Gross but it happens)
- Now you are ready to start setting up your new, improved organised pantry!
Kitchen pantry organisation inspiration
To help you organise your pantry, I have found some of the best-organised pantries from around the web to inspire you to get your own up to scratch too. These organised pantry ideas include small spaces, larger spaces, corner pantries, drawers and all the labelled container ideas to warm your soon-to-be organised heart.
PULL OUT PANTRY ORGANISATION
These pull out pantry drawers make it easier to see what is on each shelf, rather than having food end up lost at the back. You are less likely to purchase duplicates because you can see everything you have on the pull-out shelves. Instead, you can store everything easily knowing you can slide out the drawer and reach what you need.
The space-saving hanging spice storage is a great idea too.
The simple addition of some stylish baskets can make a big difference. This is a great option for a small pantry space or a low set pantry so that you don’t have to bend down to find what you have. Instead, grab the basket and sort through instead! It is a great idea to label your baskets so you know what each is.
Although she has since changed up her pantry again since this post originally went live and her brand new pantry makeover is even better than before! These fabric and wooden baskets paired with clear containers are more durable than cane baskets.
Clear Storage Containers
My favourite thing about this pantry is the clear storage containers that make it much easier to see what you have in your pantry without rummaging through every time. This looks neat and tidy, with the added visibility to reduce search time. They have labelled each container too for added ease. Love those tall clear storage tubs!
This pantry has also had a new makeover since the original images were shared. They have added some super cool clear slide-out pantry baskets from Ikea. A great way to make use of that extra space at the bottom. The clear containers are still in use too:
Glass Jar Storage
This pantry is really stylish with all the labelled glass jars. I am loving the look. And Ikea is fabulous for cheap glass jars. You can get jars with chalkboard label sets on Amazon, like these ones.
This pantry is probably best in a child-free household, or when children are older. I love that this pantry organisation method is quite aesthetic though and those wire baskets are fab! Or they have similar here in Australia in Kmart. Corner pantries are definitely more challenging to organise!
Small Pantry Organisation
I really love the tidy simplicity of this pantry. Everything has its place and they have made good use of these stackable storage containers to store the different dry ingredients on each shelf. This is a relatively narrow pantry space so the biggest challenge will be having to double layer the containers and move things around to get the items at the back.
They have since moved into a new home and their new pantry is a mammoth butlers pantry. An organised pantry dream! This is total #pantrygoals and it looks dreamy. OMG! Check out the post to see all the cool features in detail:
Stackable Pantry Containers
It can be difficult knowing how to organise a small pantry. This is a lot like our current pantry organisation and size. 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.
This is what I use also and aim to have my stacks on view, without too much in front of the containers. The hanging spice rack gives more room by freeing up some of the space and displaying them on the door.
I love the easy to access fruit and vegetable in the pantry too. This would make it so easy for kids to grab a snack on the go, although where we live it is very humid most of the year so we keep most of our fruit in the fridge to avoid it going ripe too quick.
This is one of my favourite pantries from the ideas so far. This drawer unit down the centre is seriously awesome! I love that this space is big enough to store small appliances and baking equipment as well.
This is a stunning setup and I especially love that they have room for the big produce tubs at the bottom. How nice it would be to have a big wide pantry like this!
Not all homes are lucky enough to have a dedicated kitchen pantry. For some, it is a matter of making the most of smaller cupboard and drawer space instead. These ideas are great ways to utilise other kitchen storage areas:
I love the slide-out shelf installation in this baking cupboard. The stackable containers make it possible to keep this small cupboard organised and accessible without having to go digging in the back to find an ingredient.
Spice rack organisation
If you enjoy cooking with lots of spices and flavours, you will know how frustrating it can be to keep your spices organised. This spice rack with labelled lids is a perfect idea. Plus you can get the lid labels to print too.
Or get this one with labels included.
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!
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.
How I Organise My Pantry
For my own pantry, I have shelves dedicated to different types of goods. Eye-level is cereals, grains & things like coffee, tea and sugar. These are the things we use almost every day.
The middle shelf is all the meal-related items, like spices, sauces, packet and tinned goods and condiments that don’t go in the fridge.
We use one of these pantry lazy susan trays to easily access our condiments and cooking oils.
The bottom shelf is where I store baking supplies and snacks for home and school. We have a container with school-related snack items for easy access too.
READ ALSO: How to set up a refrigerator snack station
The floor level beneath our shelves has hanging shelf baskets for potatoes and onions, and another for cat food tins. On the floor, we store bulk items, such as paper towelling, drinks and large containers such as vinegar.
I also use the top shelf of my pantry for storing party supplies – paper plates, cups and plastic cutlery, as well as some 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 haven’t shared a photo of my kitchen pantry, as it has poor natural lighting. You will just have to take my word that it is looking pretty snazzy at the moment… although still room for improvement.
Need help stocking your pantry for the first time?
For more home organisation ideas, check out these:
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- Meal planning tips for beginners + printables
- How to declutter your kitchen utensils
If you need extra inspiration, this book is a must-read! The KonMari Method is perfect for getting every part of your home decluttered and organised and the kitchen pantry is one of those clutter hotspots… anyone else have food expired 3 years ago? I’ve been guilty of this!
How do you organise your pantry? Share your favourite tips in the comments below.