We’re still working on the kitchen in the How to Organize Your Home series! This week, we’re tackling the pantry, and I’m giving you some of my best ideas for pantry organizing tools.
In my Kitchen Organizing Ideas post last time, I talked a little bit about my kitchen and how I organize it according to what our family does there.
Cans and Boxes of Food
We do not have a traditional pantry in our kitchen, so I use the kitchen cabinets to store our food supplies. As I mentioned in that post, we have a couple of corner cabinets, and I use these awesome 18-Inch Non-Skid Cabinet Turntables (affiliate link) to organize jars, boxes and cans of food. They make it so easy to fit a lot of stuff inside the cabinet, and to have access to all of it with one little spin.
These rectangular shaped Fridge & Freezer Bins (affiliate link) or other similar bins are great for keeping boxed items organized together in the shelves of your cabinets or pantry. For example, you can place all of your different cuts of pasta all together in one bin, label it “pasta” and place it on your shelf. Then when you go to make dinner, just pull out the bin for your noodles without having to dig through everything else.
Staples and Spices
For staples like flour, sugar and coffee, I use wide-mouthed canisters, like the Anchor Hocking Montana 2-Gallon Jar (affiliate link). They are so great for being able to scoop out a level measure of flour or sugar when you are baking without leaving a big mess everywhere, plus they are airtight to keep things fresh.
My spices are stored on a Swivel Store Deluxe Spice Rack and Cabinet Organizer Storage System (affiliate link). I mostly like this way of storing spices…it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space, keeps everything in order, and pulls out for easy access to any of the spices. One negative about it is that the small containers of spice tend to fall out if you have them stacked on top of each other.
My friend Lisa at Organize 365 like to store spices in a drawer (affiliate link). I don’t have enough drawers in my kitchen to be able to do that, but I really like the idea of it!
Getting Organized and Staying That Way
I think that whatever pantry organizing tools you use, the main thing is that once you get your pantry in order, and you continue to use the systems that you’ve set up, keeping things organized is much easier.
This is part 6 of the How to Organize Your Home series. Other posts in the series:
How to Organize Your Home
Tips to Make Your Organizing Easier
Removing and Organizing Clutter
Bedroom Organizing Ideas
Kitchen Organizing Ideas
How to Organize Family Room
How to Declutter and Organize the Bathroom
Organizing Family Photos
Organizing Tips for Kids