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I think it’s fair to say that a well-stocked and organized pantry has the ability to transform a kitchen.
It makes every task quicker, easier and painless meaning you get to spend your time and money on the things that really matter, like family.
Whereas a messy pantry is a nightmare. Not only does any food-related tasks take ten times longer because you can never find what you need. You also end up wasting money by buying food you already have or by letting good food spoil because you haven’t realized it’s underneath all that other stuff!
Plus you end up having to organize snacks for your kids and other half just because they can’t find what they want, despite them being well old enough to grab whatever they want to eat when they are hungry.
So you waste even more time because of your messy pantry!
But you can learn how to organize a kitchen pantry!
That means no more spoiled food, no more time wasted and no more overspending on your groceries.
I’ve gathered the best 9 resources on pantry organization from women who use to be in your shoes so your messy pantry can be a thing of the past.
Before we dig in I would really recommend you getting yourself some quality pantry storage options like the ones below, they will just make your life so. much. easier.
- Airtight containers for dried goods like rice or pasta
- Stackable storage containers (these ones are suitable for both your pantry and fridge!)
- Clear mini storage bins for untidy packets
- A turntable (Lazy Susan) for condiments
Now we’ve got the necessary equipment, let’s get stuck in and transform your pantry!
Jann certainly knows how to transform a pantry. She was buying far too many groceries than she needed because she couldn’t find anything in her kitchen pantry, while her pantry just got messier and messier due to her struggle with perfectionism.
Jann’s pantry before being organized:
Jann’s pantry after being organized:
Wow! Find out what Jann did to create such a transformation on her post How To Organize A Pantry.
Jesenia’s pantry after being organized:
If you want to find out Jesenia’s three small pantry organization tips have a look at her post 3 Simple Tips To Organize Your Pantry.
KC’s pantry transformation is probably the biggest on this list and it does look incredible. In her post, KC explains how she did her own pantry makeover and how to plan and execute your own!
KC’s pantry before being organized:
KC’s pantry after being organized:
Find out how to makeover your own panty by checking out the Real Organized Kitchen Pantry Transformation.
Sometimes you just don’t have time to dedicate an entire week to getting your pantry in ship shape. Some of us need super quick tips we can do in a spare ten minutes here and there. Luckily Katie from Organizing Moms has figured out the best and speediest way to transform a messy pantry in the time you have.
I mean just check out her stunningly organized pantry below:
If you are short on time but need to get your disaster of a pantry under control have a read of her blog post, Ways to Quickly Organize the Pantry!
Tara from A Spectacled Owl has written up her six top tips to get your pantry organized no matter the size. She recommends you start with a thorough clean and declutter, ensuring you get rid of any food that has expired!
Her pantry organization hacks are well worth checking out which you can do on her post 6 Ways to Organize Your Pantry.
I feel like so many home’s pantries become a disaster zone because people are not storing the right things in there, and so it just becomes a place where anything that doesn’t have a home is chucked.
This is clearly not ideal at all and will easily take the fun out of cooking or any tasks completed in the kitchen.
If you recognize your pantry as a dumping ground for everything and anything then you need to read Sabrina’s post on What to Keep In Your Organized Pantry.
If your main pantry problem, no matter how tidy, is forgetting what you have in stock to the point that you often find food months out of date (whoops, but we’ve all been there…) then what you need is a pantry inventory!
Luckily Katie from Organizing Moms has created her own pantry inventory printables which you can see an example of below.
Have a read of Organize Food Staples With A Pantry Inventory to find out about the importance of keeping a pantry inventory and ot grab your own copy!
Okay, so you’ve decluttered your heaving pantry and you now know exactly what you should be keeping in your pantry, but you just can’t figure out how to store everything neatly and efficiently.
Successful Homemakers have written this awesome post about exactly how to store all your different foodstuffs. Read How to Organize Your Food Pantry here.
Hopefully, by this point you are fully equipped to complete your own pantry transformation in double quick time and ensure you are storing the correct items in a super organized way.
But how do you make your now beautifully organized pantry stay like that?
Well let’s be honest there are two main pantry mess making culprits: hunger and kids.
If you’re famished then you don’t care about making a mess, you just need a snack pronto. While kids can often not understand how to keep the pantry tidy because they are too busy in play mood. So when you combine kids and hunger you have a messy pantry recipe for disaster.
Thank goodness that Melissa has figured out a way to organize your pantry and fridge so kids can get their own snacks!
Alright, confession, this resource isn’t actually about your kitchen pantry, this one is about your garage storage pantry. But the makeover and tips were so good, and transferable to any kind of pantry, that I just had to include it!
So have a read of Carolann’s post: How To Organize Your Storage Pantry When It’s A Nightmare Mess
I’ve got my fingers crossed that by now you are completely clued up on how to turn your messy, disaster zone pantry into an organized kitchen pantry oasis of calm!
Because that time saved will be well worth it!
If you have a minute I would be so grateful if you could share the image below on Pinterest 🙂