How To Organise Your Pantry Like a Pro

Let’s talk about pantries! The kitchen pantry is one of the most important spaces in any household. It is where we store our food, beverages, cooking supplies, and more. But let’s face it, if your pantry is not well-organised, it can quickly become cluttered and frustrating to navigate. That’s where the magic of organising your pantry like a pro comes in.

So, let’s go through a step-by-step guide on how to organise your kitchen pantry like a professional. We will go over everything from assessing your pantry to choosing storage containers and maximising space and accessibility.

How To Organise Your Kitchen Pantry Like a Professional


  1. Take Everything Out

Alright, the first step is to take everything out of the space, leaving a blank canvas. Clean your pantry shelves, cabinets, and drawers.

Next, assess all the items you have and identify which ones are expired or rarely used. This will give you an idea of what you have and what you want to get rid of.

Once you have identified what needs to be disposed of or used, you can create a plan on how to do so. For example, you can donate any non-perishable items to a local food charity, compost expired items, keep aside items you would like to keep or use in recipes.

Remember to add the essential items that are expired to your shopping list as you dispose them of, so you don’t run out of stock with those essentials.

2. Grouping and Sorting Items

Let’s get to grouping and sorting! It’s time to give those pantry items some order. First, let’s sort them into different categories – some common ones are canned goods, baking supplies, spices, snacks, sauces, condiments, drinks etc.

Categorising pantry items enables you to see what you have and makes the organising process much smoother. It also allows you to identify potential double-ups or items you might be running low on stock.

3. Choosing Storage Containers

Once everything is sorted, it’s time to think about the best storage solutions for each category.

Measure all existing storage, drawers etc. and research any products you may need. Choosing the perfect storage containers is key to keeping your pantry organised. There are so many different types to choose from – for example, you may want to use airtight containers for your baking supplies, while storage baskets to keep those snacks handy.

When choosing containers, think about the type of food you are storing and how often you use it. For example, plastic containers may be more appropriate for items that are used frequently, while glass jars may be better for dry goods that are used less frequently.

A top tip – If you want to maximise your pantry space and keep everything looking neat and tidy, square containers are the way to go. They stack like a dream… Plus, they give your pantry a more uniform look that will make your organised heart sing.

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4. Maximising Space and Accessibility

Once you have chosen your storage containers for each type of items, it’s time to maximise space and accessibility – think vertical! Shelves and organisers are your new best friends, and don’t forget pull-out drawers and sliding baskets.

Also, don’t forget about the importance of easy access. Store those frequently used items at eye level or in easily accessible baskets or door rack. Trust us, your future self will thank you.

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5. Time to Style

This is the fun part! Once everything goes back into the space, it’s time to style and label.

Keeping a well-organised pantry can be a challenge, especially when there are so many different items to keep track of. One of the most effective ways to maintain an orderly pantry is by labeling all pantry items. Proper labeling ensures that every item has a designated place and that it is easy to find when needed. It helps you to keep track of what you have, what you need to buy, and what needs to be used up, making meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze.

Moreover, labeling pantry items can save you time and money in the long run. When you have a well-organised pantry, you won’t have to spend time searching for items, which can be frustrating and time-consuming.

Labeling also helps you to maintain a clean pantry in style. In short, labeling pantry items is a simple yet effective way to maintain an organised and efficient pantry, which can ultimately save you time, money, and reduce food waste.

Maintaining Your Organised Pantry

Maintaining your organised pantry is crucial to keeping it clutter-free and easy to navigate. Regularly check expiration dates and dispose of expired items, clean and tidy your pantry, and reassess your pantry organisation periodically.

Keeping your pantry organised takes a little work, but the results are completely worth it.

Make sure you regularly check those expiration dates and get rid of anything that’s past its prime. Then, give your pantry a little love. Wipe down those shelves, sweep up any crumbs, and make it sparkle.

And don’t forget to reassess your pantry organisation every so often. Schedule this in your calendar or diary so you don’t forget and do this regularly.

Organising your pantry like a pro may seem daunting, but trust us – it’s worth it. You’ll save time, money, and a whole lot of frustration. So go ahead and assess, group, sort, choose storage solutions, maximise space, and maintain that organised pantry like a professional!

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