A few weeks ago, I had the girls from Style and Dwell, Lindsay and Ashley, over to my house to give me some pantry organization ideas. I’m sure you all are well aware that I’m a total clean and organizing freak (examples here and here) but I love having other organizing nerds over to shed some light on places that could use some help. (And let’s be real, when someone else is doing the grunt work – especially when it comes to pantry organization – you better believe I love it even more!)
They were a huge help in giving me kitchen pantry organization ideas and I adore how amazing my pantry looks! Despite loving organization, they did a few new-to-me things that I thought were awesome. Never be afraid to get tips and help from others even when you feel like you’re an expert yourself. I know you will learn a thing or two (and be super happy with a little help)!
Lindsay and Ashley so graciously said they would share a few of their pantry organization tips and tricks for everyone so you can do it yourself! Or you can always just hire them. It’s way easier that way. 😉
Ok brace yourself.
Here is the before:
And to think, I thought it was pretty good haha!
Keep scrolling to the bottom to see the after but check out their 7 keep tips!
Pantry Organization Ideas
1. Take everything out… I mean everything
Ok literally remove every single item from whatever space you’re organizing. By taking all your items out of the pantry it allows you to start fresh!
You may have expired items, or multiples of the same thing hiding in different areas. Only keep what’s not expired and what you actually will use!
Also make a list of things you need especially if you throw out spices or things you use frequently.
2. Group like with like
Putting items into designated categories, and giving it a specific place in your pantry or cupboard will keep the whole family more organized, and they’ll be less questions about “where’s the…”.
Turns out we had an entire lazy susan full of hot spices ha! It was really good for me (and Rishi) to easily see things we had a lot (or a little) of.
3. Labels and even more labels
It may seem crazy but even labeling clear containers will give all your items a “home.” This also makes putting things away a breeze, and everyone in the family will know where specific items go. Be careful about making labels too specific, think broad (dinner, breakfast, beverages, pasta, cereal, snacks) so you don’t have to change them often.
You can also use a white board maker in some spaces! I use them in the fridge for our drawers so I know which drawers have fruit, veggie, cheese and meat!
4. Decant whenever possible
This makes seeing what you currently have on hand easy, and helps with overbuying or suddenly running out of something. It also keeps items fresher vs open in a box.
5. Don’t let things hide in dark corners
We love a good lazy susan or riser for keeping cans and condiments front and center. (Here’s another use for lazy susans!)
One of my hard to get to spots hold our extra bags of coffee rather than snacks for the kids. Don’t be afraid to rearrange things every once in a while if something isn’t working if you can’t use a lazy susan or riser.
6. Keep the kids items accessible
This is great for helping kiddos be responsible, and really nice for parents when the little ones can pour their own cereal or grab a healthy snack.
Right now we keep pouches in reach for Roy so he can bring them to me if he wants them (I’ll never complain about him eating more fruits or veggies!). However I keep things like Goldfish up a level so he can’t just fill up on not so healthy snacks. 😉
7. Make it pretty
Your pantry can be both organized and stylish. We love a good mix of baskets, clear containers, and fun turn tables.
Aren’t their pantry organization tips great? I love the idea of making the kid items accessible for Roy. Now he’s able to pick out his own cereal or pouch without me trying to interpret his pointing! 🙂 Just make sure you don’t have anything in reach that would be bad if they got into it.
And now, here’s the after!
Isn’t it amazing? They Style and Dwell girls did so good! A huge thank you to both Lindsay and Ashley for all your help and sharing your ideas with us!
I hope kitchen pantry ideas help you organize your own kitchen! And whether your local to Minneapolis or live 5,000 miles alway, be sure and check out Style and Dwell, as they offer both in person and virtual help!
Be sure to check out my How to Organize Your Makeup post for even more organizing ideas!
Thanks for reading!