August 30 2021 – Tyler Blake
We’ve all seen them… those enviable pantries that are stunning and perfectly organized. It’s the kind of organization some of us have only dreamed about. But can we make better pantry organization a reality?
Sure you can! It’s actually not as hard as it looks to have the cleanest, most organized pantry in the neighborhood.
Here, we’re sharing a few easy tips to help you get started towards less clutter and a Pinterest-worthy pantry.
Start with a Pantry Audit
In the same way that you’d do a financial audit when you’re re-organizing your budget, before you start organizing your pantry, it’s important to do an audit and figure out exactly what you’re working with.
Remove everything currently in your pantry and separate things into categories that make sense for you and your family. Common categories might include:
Oils and vinegar
Spices, nuts and seeds
Soups and canned goods
Oats, rice, pasta and other dry goods
At this stage in your pantry organization, you’ll also want to get rid of anything that’s been untouched in your pantry for months.
Once you’ve completed your pantry audit and you have a decent understanding of what you’re actually working with, you can move onto the next step of getting your pantry organized.
Choose the Best Containers for You
Now, it’s time to choose the best containers for your pantry organization. The type of containers you choose depends on your needs, your taste and the size of your pantry. And the good news is, there are tons of pantry containers you can choose from.
You might go for glass or plastic containers with either stainless steel or wooden lids, whichever better matches your aesthetic. You might also use mason jars or fun resealable bags that are decorated to look like mason jars.
You can use baskets and bins to store packaged food or smaller items… the options are truly endless when it comes to containers to help with your pantry organization.
Make sure to keep your pantry audit in mind and grab the containers that you’ll actually use based on what’s in your pantry right now. It’ll make it easier to decide between all the organizational tools that are out there.
But, as we’ll see, as fun as it is to whip out your label maker and buy every pantry container under the sun, do your best not to overboard.
Less is Better
It’s no secret that pantry organization has become a sort of hobby for many parents and proud clean freaks. However, it’s easy to create more clutter as you’re trying to get organized. In other words, you can sabotage your own pantry organization ideas by using too many unnecessary containers.
To keep your container-buying impulses under control, there are a few things you can do.
For one, you can grab a set of containers that come in various sizes so that you’re not left with many unused options. Next, be sure that your containers can be used in a variety of ways. For example, you can use some containers in your pantry and others for school lunches or store leftovers.
The idea here is to make your pantry organization not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical. After all, if it’s not actually useful, then it’s not really organized, is it?
Overall, to kick of your pantry organization once and for all, start with a pantry audit, choose the containers you’ll use, and remember, less is better.