How I Organized My Small Kitchen Pantry

How are y’all holding up? Colorado is still doing pretty well at the moment but I have to say that with all of the tourists coming from other states (and not wearing masks or social distancing) it’s made us a little more apt to stay home more again. We are beginning to know more and more people who have actually HAD COVID-19 and I tell ya- it doesn’t sound like a walk in the park! Since I’m home I’ve been doing a lot of organizing in some much needed areas. I wanted to share my now organized kitchen pantry.

Organized Kitchen Pantry Details
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The other day, I was at my soon-to-be-daughter-in-law’s house <insert excited squeal> and I was completely inspired by her kitchen pantry! It was so organized and neat and I loved how clean and simple the aesthetic was. Unfortunately, my own kitchen pantry looked like it had been invaded by the dwarves from the Lord of The Rings. We have moved so many times (most recently detailed here, here and here) that my pantry was crammed with containers that I’d used in previous houses and everything was just pretty much thrown in there. I find it difficult to know what I have and what I need when the pantry is a mess, so organizing it has definitely helped my grocery shopping!

Here’s how I did it:

1. Empty the entire pantry

After you take everything out of the pantry and have it strewn over your entire kitchen, it is at this point that you will doubt yourself and wonder what in the hell ever possessed you to do this. Ignore these thoughts and steady your nerves with an adult beverage and scrub down your now clean-slate, empty pantry.

2. Organize the contents into groups

Just place like items together. Breakfast, snacks, bottled vinegars & oils, baking goods, etc. This will help you get a good idea of what sort of containers you need as well as helping you to throw out anything that needs throwing out.(How long has that opened pack of crackers been in there??)

3. Pull out the items you’d like to take out of their boxes and cartons.

These are the items that will go into air tight containers that you can see through. For me that would include all main items reached for almost daily: flour, sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, rice, etc. You may have things like cereal, oatmeal, nuts, etc. Just figure out what would be easier for YOUR family to be able to see in clear containers.

4. Figure out your canned goods situation

We all have lots of canned goods. Especially right now! My current kitchen has a pull-out, vertical drawer for cans, so thats what I use. If you need a way to organize your canned goods, I think these are the best. They are aesthetically pleasing, functional and they will last forever.

5.Corral the rest of your items into bins

Since you’ve already decided what items you’d like to place into clear containers, everything left needs to be grouped into bins. You don’t have to spend a lot of money here. I used inexpensive white dish pans. You could also use these or these. For me , I was binning things like: coffee, tea, Winston(pet), Protein powders, snacks, breakfast, etc.

6. Keep the bottom area for open baskets for onions & potatoes

On the floor of your pantry, where it’s darkest, place a few open weave baskets (I prefer plastic for easier cleaning) for onions and potatoes. This is also where I have to keep a few larger appliances that are too tall to sit on the shelves.

7. Gather the containers

I have a list of what I used and they are the very least expensive that I could find while still being functional and meeting the aesthetic look that I had in mind. Don’t neglect using large mason jars. You can add the white plastic lids to keep everything looking uniform. I found free printable labels here, and I love them! They have a chalkboard look and you can print them out and use clear packing tape to attach them. The basic categories are pre-printed and I used a white sharpie to write on the blank labels over the tape.

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8. Putting it all together

I placed the items that everyone uses the most within easy reach. If you have small children, you may have to rethink what goes on the lower shelves and what you’d like to keep out of reach and sight. At my house there are only adults, so frequency- of- use is king in deciding where to place things back into the pantry. You MUST get these lazy susan turntables for all of the odd oils, vinegar, condiments etc. Seriously…..game changer.

The End Result

I love it! This has made life so much easier. I am very conscious at the moment of keeping the house well stocked with food and extras. Being able to open the pantry and quickly assess what we need is such a time saver and a help to me when filling out my grocery list online. I’m still using Walmart curbside pick up and I LOVE it! Y’all- I may never enter a grocery store again. And for snacks, I’m still ordering once a month from Thrive so we can get healthy snacks cheaper (my order arrives tomorrow, so our snack bins are bare, lol!) Check out Thrive here and save 25% on your first order.

I hope my now-organized kitchen pantry has been inspiring. I think doing this same set up using black bins , lids and containers would look chic and minimalist too. Have you been doing a lot of organizing at home?

I asked on Instagram for suggestions on fitness apps and I got so many great responses! I”m on the hunt to try them out and really start mixing things up in my fitness. More to come on all of that but if you have a fitness app that you love, please be sure to let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for being here and keep swimming out there ladies!

Organized Kitchen Pantry Details

Label Categories I used For Bins

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Dried beans
  • Pets
  • Snacks
  • Protein
  • Super Foods
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Supplements
  • Baking

Label Categories I used for Clear Containers

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • 10 X Sugar
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Corn meal
  • Grits
  • Tea
  • Pasta
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6 Comments

  1. July 17, 2020 / 12:41 am

    That looks super organized. Fantastic, I like that. Hope to see you on my Fancy Friday link up party.

    • Melissa
      Author
      July 17, 2020 / 2:14 pm

      Thanks Nancy! And yes! Thanks for the reminder about your linkup!
      ~Melissa xx

    • Melissa
      Author
      July 17, 2020 / 2:15 pm

      Jennifer it’s such a satisfying job once it’s done!
      ~Melissa xx

  2. July 18, 2020 / 9:19 am

    I wish my pantry looked as great as yours! Mine is tiny, but I’d love to organized mine more, those chalk style labels are the cutest xo

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    • Melissa
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      July 19, 2020 / 10:54 am

      Thank you Gemma! It was a very rewarding job after it was done!
      ~Melissa xx

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