I found a lot of pantry organization ideas on Pinterest for my walk-in pantry, and I had a vision of how I wanted it to look. I wanted an Instagram-worthy space that is perfectly organized and visually pleasing.
Read on for some of the best products and tips to organize your pantry and make it picture perfect!
Step One: Shop for Kitchen Items
My mom and I made some stops to Ikea, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, and The Container Store to buy some kitchen items that I was missing and some cute and functional storage containers.
We went to Ikea first, since they have a lot of great kitchen items like jars and containers. I was looking for jars with lids (and not the ones with the metal clasps), and found a few jars in a couple of different sizes. I also bought these eco-friendly glass storage containers with bamboo lids, which are great for storing food and leftovers.
We didn’t buy much at Costco; I picked up some king size sheets and paper towels, and my mom bought me a new fancy Kirkland pots and pans set as a housewarming present – which turned out to be amazing.
Of course, we found a lot items we could use for pantry organization at The Container Store. I wasn’t sure how much of everything I needed, so I just bought some wicker baskets, wire baskets, and clear containers.
Step Two: Plan
When we got back home, our next step was to clear everything out of the pantry and set up the containers where we thought it’ll look nicest. I also used Post-its to temporarily label them with what I thought I wanted to go inside.
I had to do a bit of rearranging, and also realized that I didn’t have all the containers and supplies that I needed. So, I ended up ordering these drawer liners, a wooden lazy-susan turntable, metal lazy-susan, spice jars, and small containers from Amazon. I also needed to buy more wicker baskets and a canned-goods shelf.
Step Three: Fill Up Containers
Start filling up your storage containers and do a final arrangement on the shelves. Wash out any containers that will be used to store loose food like flour, sugar, and spices.
Step Three: Label
My mom helped create amazing, professional looking labels using her Cricut label maker. I chose this font for the writing and decided to use black vinyl for the letters so that they would be more visible.
I also got these black label clips from The Container Store to use for the wire and wicker baskets; you can write on it with chalk/chalkboard marker or stick on some white vinyl labels.
Step Four: Grocery Shopping
I was missing some food items, so I went grocery shopping to get some of the essentials that I normally use all the time and some items that are good to have on hand, like canned goods.
I bought some snacks to fill up the containers and some loose food items like pasta, flour, and sugar to fill up the jars. I also got spices from the bulk spice center so that I had the right amounts to put into these cute little spice jars.
The End Result–A Nicely Organized Pantry:
Top Shelf: (from left to right) Pretzels, fruit snacks, animal crackers.
Second Shelf: (from left to right) white rice, brown rice, pasta, spaghetti, brown sugar, flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, powdered sugar, spice jars, lazy-susan spice rack.
Third Shelf: (from left to right) cereal, granola, popcorn, granola bars, apple sauce, boxed items, vitamins, Emergen-c packs, tea, bottled items on bamboo turntable.
Fourth Shelf: (from left to right) oatmeal, crackers, snacks, mac & cheese, chips.
Bottom Shelf: potatoes, onions, water bottles.
Quick Tips for Pantry Organization:
· Wash out any jars that will store loose foods
· Large aesthetic jars should be kept on top
· Keep baskets that contain heavy items, like water bottles and potatoes, on bottom
· Boxed items should be kept hidden in wicker baskets
· Use lazy-susans and turntables to organize items such as cans, spices, and bottled condiments
It took a few days, but my Virgo mind is definitely very happy with how my pantry turned out. My mom and I enjoyed organizing and sorting my food items, and I especially loved choosing my storage containers.
Get refrigerator organization tips in this post.