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Quick Tips for an Organized Pantry

Quick Tips for an Organized Pantry

Open pantry door with wallpaper behind shelves and organized food

A pretty, organized pantry can be eye candy for us home decor enthusiasts. But it's hard to maintain, and the pantry can sometimes feel like a deep dark hole where food goes to get moldy.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! With some attention and intentionality, your pantry can be about form and function too. Here are 5 quick steps you can use to start your year off with a more organized (and yes, beautiful) pantry.

Pantry shelves with clear glass containers
In her pantry, blogger Kaytee Lauren chose clear glass containers to hold food. Glass is a good choice for food safety, as sometimes plastics leach into the food. But if you have litle ones in the house who might break some of your containers, you might want to stick with plastic. 

1. Throw out old food.

This seems like an obvious step to an organized pantry, but you’ll be surprised what you find when you pull everything out. Check expiration dates to see what’s old, and get rid of anything that's stale. You'll be amazed at how much you get rid of, and how much this one step can clear up the clutter.

2. Sweep and clean.

Bits of pet hair in the corners, with stale crumbs and even some dust? That's probably what you'll find once you get to the back of the shelves and floor in the pantry. To keep an organized pantry, take the time while everything is out to wipe down the shelves and sweep away the dust and dirt.

Open shelves with baskets, bins and containers for pantry organization
Can you choose a color scheme for your pantry? Yes! Our Bremer Build did that here in her choice of food containers. 

3. Place loose items into baskets.

Rather than granola bars, bags of chips and candy bars spilling everywhere, keep an organized pantry by placing these loose items into baskets. Bonus points for matching baskets, but that's an extra step you don't have to take if you're in a hurry. The important part to the organized pantry is to group all those loose items together so you can find them easily.

Open shelves with matching clear pantry organization containers and food
Clear storage containers make it easier to see how much food is still left and when it's time for a grocery store run, as A Z House of Order shows here. 

4. Only purchase what you need.

Again, this may seem obvious, but in practice it can be more difficult. Keep a stock of the items your family eats regularly. If it's not on that essentials list, only purchase it when you need it for a specific recipe. That includes baking ingredients like cream of tartar, molasses and anything else you don't use regularly. Keeping these items on hand just adds to the clutter and takes away from your organized pantry.

Open pantry door with wallpaper behind shelves and organized food
“I like to use storage containers for things like cereal, granola, nuts and crackers because we tend to eat it quicker when it's easy to access,” says homeowner Stacy Smith . “Plus, it also helps me see when we’re running low on those things.” Photograph by Jeremiah of Attic Fire.

Bonus! Place bulk foods in clear containers.

If you want to go the extra mile for an organized pantry, get clear containers for your bulk items, from cereal and chips to granola and crackers. Make sure they're on the list of items in step 4 that your family eats regularly. But clear containers will help you see when you're running low, and keep the options obvious for anyone looking for a snack.

Want more organizational ideas? Check out our guide to spring cleaning! Of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration.

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