WOW! I don’t blame you if you’re judging how messy our pantry was. Things were absolutely everywhere and completely strewn about. So many foods were stacked on other items simply because we had felt like we had no room left. And this pantry really does have a lot of space! Good news is, the after photos will make this all feel better. I want to share my tips with y’all!! An organized pantry is definitely achievable, and it’s totally worth the work! 🙂
This first step is definitely a little bit taxing. It’s worth going through everything and just clearing it all out. We try to “clean” our pantry regularly, but somehow, there are always a few expired things stuck in the back. We at least got some enjoyment out of noting the oldest expiration dates, lol. 2016 for the win!
We pretty much destroyed our kitchen to complete this, but we’re glad we made a full effort! Once you can see all of your items, try to categorize them in a way that makes sense for your family. We chose groupings such as breakfast foods, baking needs, snacks, dinner items, pastas, grains, and so on. This may look different depending on how your life looks!
The next step is possibly the most difficult. If your pantry were super messy to begin with, you probably want to consider a new method of containing everything. We really didn’t have too too much of a system before this (yikes). Like items were together (chips, popcorn, etc.) but they were nowhere near the other items you might grab for a snack. We really changed our habits this time!
This is when we decided to begin storing things in containers, bins, and baskets. We just decided that with so much food (our fam of 6 eats a lot) in the pantry, we had to go all out. We looked at our different categories and tried to pick out certain items that would definitely need to be in a jar, container, bin, etc. I made a list on my phone just so we had a general idea. And then we spent several hours in The Container Store (can’t complain).
The final big step is to place everything in a sensible way! I’d suggest doing the obvious by putting your most used items in the most accessible spots – ours were about eye-level and a bit below there. If your shelves are really deep like ours, try to put taller or less used items in the back! Things will just be easier to see.