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By: Clair Cook
Posted on: Jan 8, 2021

Kitchen Pantry Organization Tips

Clair Cook of The Sprouting Minds shares her steps to a well organized pantry. Take a look to get inspired for a fresh start to your new year!

First off, Happy New Year to each one of you! I hope this new year has started off great and you all are ready to conquer all things. One thing on my list is getting organized. Who else is all about getting organized once the new year is here? Maybe it is all the extra toys that now cover the floors or the fact that the new year makes you want to start off clean. It is a little bit of both for me. The first thing on my list to tackle when it comes to organization is the food pantry. Here are some tips for kitchen pantry organization.

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First comes the plan: how to get a well-organized pantry.

Before you start any project, you need a plan. This is also true when you are wanting to organize a kitchen pantry. It is up to you to come up with your plan. Here are some basic questions you should ask yourself:

  • What are you wanting to achieve when you organize a pantry with deep shelves?
  • Are you wanting to mainly declutter, or do you want to have designated areas in your pantry for the food it stores?
  • Are you wanting to accommodate the children in your home?
  • Do you have storage bins you would like to use?

Once you figure out what you really want with your pantry organization, then you can decide on how you want your pantry layout to look like. I knew I wanted to keep all the snack foods together, all the baking items together, and of course all my canned goods in the same place. The layout of your pantry should accommodate your lifestyle and what makes your pantry more easily accessible.

For example, I have children who are 8, 9, and 4 years old. I wanted to organize my pantry so that even my 4-year-old would be able to grab a snack without feeling the need to climb up on a stool to reach them. To accommodate my children, I wanted to have the snacks at a reachable level for them. The bottom 2 shelves would be the perfect areas for storing their snacks.

Start the decluttering process: best pantry organization tip.

Once you have your plan in place, it is time to declutter your kitchen pantry cabinet. I do not have a problem with decluttering. As soon as I get started, I cannot stop. Toss out anything that is expired or is not being consumed. If there are products in your pantry that you know will not be eaten and they are not expired, think about donating to a local food bank. There is no reason to hoard food items if they will not be consumed. They are only taking up space and, in your case, valuable pantry space when it comes to organization.

I am taking full advantage of our pantry decluttering. I wanted to rid the pantry of all the junk food collected over the holiday chaos and replace it with healthier options for my family. It seems this easily happens when life becomes busy. So, there is a lot of tossing out going on over here when we organize a kitchen pantry cabinet.

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Grab the organization tools-baskets.

Whew, you finally made it through the pantry decluttering process. Now for the fun part of a kitchen pantry organization. You need to decide on how you want to store the food items in your pantry. The best option for storing packaged kitchen pantry items are clear bins and food containers. You want to be able to see what is in the containers when you have deep pantry shelves. I also love to use plastic storage containers to help keep cereal and other food items fresh.

One great option when it comes to food storage are these Rubbermaid EasyFindLids Food Storage Containers with SilverShield Antimicrobial Product Protection . These EasyFindLids plastic containers not only offer a great way to keep foods fresh but feature powerful 24/7 antimicrobial product protection with Microban® SilverShield technology. This Microban® SilverShield technology resists the growth of odor causing bacteria on the surface of the containers and lids so they can stay cleaner and last longer. You know what else? They even store well when not in use. I love it when products make my life easier along the way.

Having great storage bins with a purpose make it easier when you want to organize your kitchen pantry.

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Put your pantry organization plan into action.

The last step is to put your plan into action! Start by placing and organizing all the food items into the designated storage bins in your pantry. Go from left to right, organizing, and giving purpose to your pantry. As you can tell by my pantry, I have more purpose now with this new layout. My family can now take full advantage of all the space our pantry has to offer with the deep shelves. Not only is it more functional, but it also looks nice.

You can now see why using clear storage containers and bins is important in keeping food items organized. All the items in my pantry are not only organized, but we can see what each contains and where everything is located.

Enjoy the new year with an organized kitchen pantry.

There is no better way to start a new year than with a fresh and organized space and this includes a kitchen pantry organization. When you organize a kitchen pantry with shelves, you will have more control over what everyone is eating in your home and can have a better idea of what foods you have in your pantry. This will lead to easier meal planning during a hectic week and save you more money on grocery trips. I am all for starting the new year off like this, and I know I am not alone! Are any of you looking for ways to get organized this year?

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Clair Cook is a Louisiana mom of 3 who shares all things that make up her 'mommylife' over on her blog, The Sprouting Minds! Check out her latest posts here.

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