My pantry, also my entertaining closet is normally good organized, but sometimes it needs a little more attention.
I found new organizing ways to be more efficient and organized at my pantry that I will show you, as well as my old systems. You will love these systems.
A well-organized pantry is key, not only for not buying too many items in the store, because you have a good overview but also for efficiency in the kitchen.
How do you start to organize
Before you start organizing your pantry, you need to see what is going wrong in your pantry. Why is it a mess?
Define your organizational problems
Ok, as mentioned above you need to define your problems, why your pantry is a mess. For me it were the following items:
- The plastic packaging of the articles made it look messy and not structured.
- I had shelves on the top of my pantry, but they were difficult to reach, so I couldn’t use those items properly and when I put it back, I just pushed it in front, because I was all the time to lazy to pick up a chair.
- My entertainment options, like carafes, plates, … are getting out of hand, so I need to store them better.
- When putting things back on their exact place, I intend to that, but I don’t live alone in my house and some are neglecting to do that.
- In some
casesI had a place reserved for some items, but I realized this place is to small or not as convenient as I thought it could be.
Make your pantry completely empty
After you have realized what your pantry organization problems are, you need to clear out your pantry completely. In my opinion, that is the only way to start fresh and see the space in another perspective.
Put items on tables or ground and try to make groups of similar liked products, liked canned goods together, entertainment pieces together and so on…
Clean your pantry toroughly
When your pantry is completely empty, it’s the perfect time to clean it. There will be some dust nests, some spiders and some dirt left there. Clean it up and let start organizing!
Define the function of your pantry?
- The function of your pantry is to store mostly the items for your kitchen. So it must be efficient to reach and find what you need in the kitchen.
- For me the pantry also stores my entertainment pieces, which are a lot.
becausemy gardening closet, it at the moment out of reach, because of construction work, I use my pantry also for my flower arrangement options to store, like vases, …
- Another thing that I have stored in my pantry is my big cleaning tools like a mop and a broom. All the other cleaning supplies I have in my laundry room, but the big cleaning items are hanging behind the door in the pantry to save up some space. I do not have that space in the laundry room.
Buy organizational pieces
In the following sections, I will show you what kind of pieces I use to organize my pantry, but you can start to buy some plastic transparent boxes, they are always handy to have.
Also, you do not need to buy anything if you don’t like. If you use shoeboxes to store items in it, It’s just fine. I only recommend to color or wrap them in the same color combo to have an cohesive look and feel. It will look more organized in one instant.
Problem 1: Storing the plastic packaging of your pantry items
Ok, first of all, I try to avoid buying items with too much plastic around them or I try to leave it at the store. But you know, at the moment it’s kind of impossible not to have plastic around the items.
OK, plastic is in many times convenient to hold everything together, but for keeping your pantry organized this is not the case. It will create a chaos to see and sometimes it will not let you store it on the right spot, because it’s to bulky.
That’s why, when I put everything back
For my big groceries, I always use Collect and Go from the Colruyt and my groceries will be put in reusable plastic big containers. This will downside my plastic bags I have at home.
For my small groceries, I shop at the Carrefour market nearby and I use the free cardboard boxes that they have on hand. After using it to bring my items at home, I store the cardboard boxes in the paper and cardboard container that they can completely recycle.
But when I do have plastic bags, I use the little ones to reuse for my compost and all the others are going in my reusable bag container that I bought at Ikea.
For all the plastic packaging around the food items, I bought a big bin from Ikea to put in there, because I’m to lazy to put it each time directly in my garbage bin outside, so I put it in a nice temporarily bin in the pantry, that I can empty on regular times.
Problem 2: What with the stuff you can’t reach?
I have 2 shelves in my pantry that are not easy to reach, so I put there my items that I do not use a lot, it’s common sense.
Small bench or ladder
Because they are difficult to reach, I will use those items even less. You know what I mean? So that’s why, I bought a little bench, to make it easier to reach those top shelves.
Problem 3: pantry organization techniques
OK, for the last 3 problems, I try to make a more convenient structure, that will make sure the items will stay at their places and everyone will know those places.
I have a supply closet in my kitchen for the kitchen items that I need all day and I use my pantry for my back up items and items that I do not use a lot in the kitchen.
A quick tip: Always reserve a little more empty space, than you think you need right now for that particular item category, otherwise it will be unorganized in no time.
Transparent plastic bins with cover
Transparent boxes are a must in organizing, they are available in different sizes, they are
I use these boxes to store lot of my little entertainment pieces like straws, … also for themed party items.
Also to store my baking material and small vases for my flower arrangements.
Colored plastic bins with cover
Closed plastic boxes are also very handy, to store items, you do not need very often and will look like mess in a transparent box : )
I use those a lot for storing entertainment supplies.
I’m using my Lazy Susan, normally for entertainment at the table, but during the year I store there my pantry items, like my oils and sauces that I do not use a lot.
A Lazy Susan is handy to have, because you can spin it and every item is easy to reach.
Using your entertainment pieces like plates and carafes as storage items between parties. You have double use out of your entertainment pieces.
We have a fridge in our kitchen, but we also have a fridge in our garage, next to our pantry. I use it to store all our drinks for entertainment, this means drinks with soda and drinks with alcohol. That’s why you do not find a lot of drinks in my pantry.
Little transparent food containers will give your pantry a clean look and gives immediately an overview of what you have on hand.
I use it to store my most basic supplies in it.
Using matching color combo’s in your pantry make it look cohesive and not chaotic. I’m using wood, white and Iron look and feel.
Opens bins I use to store little items as little candles, paper napkins, matches, … They are handy for items that you can grab on the go.
Hanging trays are very handy when it comes to your fruit or vegetables. It will make some more storage room by adding another shelve.
For my canned goods, I use an extra step to make more room and overview.
Wooden bins I use for my back up bulky items like pasta and rice.
I also use specific bins like my potatoes, because they are especially made to store my potatoes a little bit longer. I do not know if it is true, but I do not have troubles that they are going bad very fast. So at the moment I believe it.
More clever solutions
Using your entertainment items as storage solutions
As I mentioned before, I have a lot of entertainment items that I also use as pantry organizer.
Using storage solutions as decoration pieces
My pasta and my herbs I stored it visibly in my kitchen as a nice decoration piece.
Putting stuff in other rooms
Sometimes the pantry is not the right place to store certain items, look for other rooms that may fit those items better.
Problem 4: Solution Labeling
Labeling helps you to keep items at the exact same space. I’m using Dymo labels and quick and easy labels.
Cut off quick and eays labels
When I have new stuff to put in the containers, I’m too lazy to get my Dymo system and label it straight away, also because I do not know for sure this container will keep storing this particular item. That is why I cut with my scissors the label from the packaging and put it in the container as fast option.
When I’m sure that I’m using this container for years for the same product or product category, I use my Dymo to make a definite label for this container.
I hope you find my tips helpful and can use them in your pantry as well. Do you have any tips for me, leave it in the comments below?