Hello! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Recently, I helped my mom completely reorganize our family’s pantry. It had needed doing for a while, as there were areas that needed organizing so we can easily access all of the things we use on a daily basis. I hadn’t thought to do this until last weekend, as it had seemed rather insurmountable 😂 but I realized by breaking it down into steps, I could do it!
I’ve always loved room organization, so I thoroughly enjoyed the task of tackling (not literally, hehe) our pantry. First, I took a basic inventory of the main areas where we store food and how things were organized (or not) on those shelves. From there, I discussed ideas with my mom, and together, we figured out easy ways to make our pantry functional for a family of seven.
When I was finished with this project, I realized that what I did in my family’s kitchen could be helpful for others! In this post, I’m happy to share with you three easy ways to organize your own pantry. You may have a pantry of your own, or you may be like me and still living at home with your parents. Either way, learning about how to make your kitchen more accessible can be very helpful. I hope you enjoy!
I took the pictures for this post once we were done putting everything away a week’s worth of groceries. It’s still startling to me how much food we always have at our house, haha!
As a quick side note, this is the 100th post I’ve written this year! I thought that was pretty cool 😊💕
Pantry Organization: 3 Ideas
1. BY TIME OF DAY.
I unintentionally did this in our main food cabinet – in the photo above, I organized the shelves from top to bottom by breakfast food, snack food, and dinner food! In the past, it has been challenging to locate ingredients because they were spread out through different shelving units and locations in the kitchen, but this method fixed the problem. I really like the time of day setup!
Here’s another picture of the same shelving unit: our bread shelf, various snacks (dried fruit, almonds, water bottles, etc.), and chips and crackers.
These are the two bottom shelves of the same cabinet, where I organized our dinner food, as well as extra ingredients that haven’t been opened yet.
For a while, the baking and cooking ingredients were mixed together on two shelves. After talking with my mom, we decided to separate them and have a specific shelf (in another cabinet) for baking ingredients and sweet things!
2. BY TYPE OF FOOD.
This will eliminate the confusion of never being sure of where things are! In our main cabinet, we have all opened packages of crackers and chips together, and on the top of this other cabinet (above), we have our unopened crackers. On the top of the other cabinet, we keep our unopened chip bags.
3. BY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.
I didn’t take any pictures to represent this one, but if you’re part of a big family, chances are there are going to be some food products that only one person enjoys eating! In a cabinet in our kitchen, we have a shelf for the snacks and treats my dad likes, and below that, we have another shelf specifically for my little sisters’ food.
Bonus Tour! Our Fridge
Since I was already on a roll with pantry organization, I decided to help out with our refrigerator, too! My mom had already figured out some of the organization (where the milk goes, the drawers for cheese/produce/meat, etc.), but other things (other vegetables, leftovers, etc.) didn’t have a designated place yet. I spent some time figuring out how we could make everything more accessible, and here’s how it turned out!
On the top shelf right now, we have a mixture of things, from drinks to fresh produce to jars of dip.
We keep snacks on the middle shelf, then there’s our cheese drawer and milk.
We have so much fresh produce at the moment that it has overflowed out of the produce drawer, haha! We usually aim to keep prepared salad lettuce and pre-chopped vegetables in the drawer. To the right is our meat drawer.
Our refrigerator door is a bit more scattered, since the difference in bottle/jar sizing often makes smaller items fall off when the fridge is opened. However, I did the best I could: there’s butter, medicine for my siblings, jams/jellies (I never know the difference), salad dressings, condiments, toppings, and all sorts of stuff on the bottom shelf haha
Our freezer’s looking pretty good right now! We have dinner/lunch food, frozen waffles, pizza, and more dinner food.
On the freezer door right now, we have ice cream and my dad’s breakfast sandwiches.
More Tips From A Pantry Organizer
- You don’t have to spend money to have nice pantry organization. For a while, I really thought we would need to invest in fancy organization equipment to be able to know where everything is. Once I started organizing everything, however, I found out that that wasn’t true! I used baskets we already had to organize different things, and I created a new little holder for our seasoning packets by cutting a small cardboard box with an X-Acto knife. (You can see it in the picture of our dinner food!)
- It doesn’t have to be perfect. On most of our shelves, we keep items that overlap into two or more categories, so we had to decide on which category we use them the most. This makes our pantry a bit more scattered than I’d like, it’s still functional and works for my family!
- Let everyone who accesses your pantry know about where everything goes. My goal was to make it as easy as possible for all of us to remember where things go, but I also didn’t expect everyone to get exactly what I was thinking when I organized things! I let them know which shelves were for which types of food, and I made a point of showing my mom where food was out of sight behind other ingredients.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this post inspires you to organize your own pantry. 🙂 Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips and tricks for pantry organization you’ve learned!