Large or small, whatever size your pantry is, we have the four steps to help you set a game plan, organize your pantry, and give it some personal flair. Click to read more on Lisa Designs Life.

4 Steps to Organize Your Pantry

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Hello and good morning, afternoon, or night, wherever you are!

I am so so so excited to share this post! I have been on a roll with organizing various areas of my apartment, and my pantry is next on my list!  First, I should clarify that I might be at a slight disadvantage.  My “pantry” isn’t a true pantry.  My small apartment doesn’t have the space that would allow for a true pantry.  So I have made due with a row of cabinets in my kitchen.  But the tips I share for organizing can be applied to however you choose to store your food.

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My name is Misty Epperson, and I’m a home decor and organization enthusiast.  I started my blog to inspire and educate people in ways to be proud of their home.  You can visit my blog here >> miehomedecor.com.   I love switching things up for the seasons, planning new ways to get organized, and entertaining friends.  I recently moved to Chicago, and I love the city life.  If you want to check out what I’m getting up to with decorations and running around the big city, you can follow my Instagram @yoimmisty.

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I know for me personally, I absolutely love organizing and making things look neat and tidy.  If I could put everything I own into a basket or container, believe me, I would.  And if I’m being honest with myself, I’m getting pretty close to that goal!  Now let’s get into this organization! My pantry was a complete mess and in desperate need of some love. It was impossible to find anything, things were hiding behind other things, it just really wasn’t functional.

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1.  Getting A Game Plan

So the first thing I did was take stock of what I had to work with.  I had to come up with a rough game plan for what I wanted my pantry to look like, and how I wanted it to function. This meant me taking everything out of my cabinets, and grouping similar things together.

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For example, I put all the baking goods together: flour, brown sugar, baking soda etc. I did the same for snacks, things we tend to grab often like granola bars, and the various rice and pasta items we use for side dishes. This really helped me get an idea of how I would be able to group these items on shelves, and how much space they would take up.

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2.  Hide the Packaging

I also knew I wanted to have some cute, fun, clear containers to lighten the aesthetic up.  I think it is so cute when people have lined up their little containers and they are all uniform.

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The uniformity is a big thing when it comes to making your pantry look more organized.  It tricks your eye because it only sees these jars that all look the same, as opposed to a bunch of different types of packaging, colors and designs.  If you ever need a surefire way to make something look less junky, just add some clear containers!

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Look at the first image of what my pantry looked before. What do you see?

I see just a sea of packaging, and different sizes, shapes and colours. The way I see it is, I would never decorate my home like this, so I don’t want my pantry to look like that!  Think about it, would you want Pringle can throw pillows?  And a gallery wall filled with different cereal logos?  Well, maybe you would if you are going for that particular look.  Regardless, I don’t want to decorate with brand logos.

I find it easier on the eyes to essentially hide the packaging.  That’s why I love using baskets and clear containers!  Baskets let me group like items together, while also giving the illusion of uniformity.  Combining the use of baskets with the previously mentioned clear containers, and you have the perfect equation for organization! 

3.  Spice It Up

My plan also included a spice rack.  When I first moved in I foolishly thought that I could get away with not having a spice rack.  Big.  Mistake.  I thought, “Oh I’ll just keep the taller bottles near the back, and the shorter ones up front, it’ll be fine.” Wrong.  Obviously, you can see from the before photo that my “system” wasn’t working.  When cooking I found myself shuffling the little bottles of spices around because I never knew where anything was, I couldn’t see it all.

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So I found a really neat expandable spice rack, which was perfect for what I needed!  I was a little over excited to get started with this project and went shopping before measuring my cabinets. Whoops.  Anyway, I definitely should have measured my cabinet width, depth, and height, but I didn’t.  I was trying to guess what spice rack would fit, and then the expandable one caught my eye and took the guesswork out.

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I had a little too many spices to fit on the spice rack, but I made it work! I wasn’t going to be able to line them all up in a row.  So if you have this same problem, here’s a tip for you!  Just stagger the spice bottles to create more space.  You still are able to see everything, and they aren’t blocking each other.  I can still very easily grab whatever spice I need.

4.  Add a Little Flair

The last and totally optional step is to just up-style of your pantry.  If you organize your pantry using the few easy steps above, your pantry would look amazing!  Any steps you take to make your life easier, and your home more functional, is great.  This last step is just for my personal taste, and how I want to make my home beautiful.  I am striving to implement different aspects of farmhouse, home-y decor. So I also purchased chalk, chalkboard stickers and twine string.  They allow me to label everything so I can easily see what I’m working with, and it also has the bonus effect of stepping up the style!

Large or small, whatever size your pantry is, we have the four steps to help you set a game plan, organize your pantry, and give it some personal flair. Click to read more on Lisa Designs Life. #pantry #organize #organizing #kitchen #organization #smallpantry

I am a huge advocate for making sure that you are happy with every area of your home.  Even if you are just using a closet, or cabinet, or pantry in this case, as a storage area.  I don’t think that means you can’t have fun with it.  Something functional can also be nice to look at.  So break out some fun labels, or colourful baskets, or whatever makes you happy.

Just because something isn’t part of “your decor” doesn’t mean you can’t have fun decorating it.

Large or small, whatever size your pantry is, we have the four steps to help you set a game plan, organize your pantry, and give it some personal flair. Click to read more on Lisa Designs Life. #pantry #organize #organizing #kitchen #organization #smallpantry

And that is all it takes!  Just a little planning, organization tools, and some stylistic pieces, and you have a pantry you are proud to show off!  The best news is, it’s super easy to maintain!  You always know that things have a home.

Hopefully, this has inspired you to take on that organization project you have avoided.  I want to show that organizing doesn’t have to be painful.  It’s really easy, you just need to take the time to do it.  I think you’ll find it’s well worth it in the end.

Here’s a Pin for your Pinterest Board!

Large, small or in between, whatever size your pantry is, we have the four steps to help you set a game plan, organize your pantry, and give it some personal flair. Click to read how! #organize #pantry #organization #smallpantry

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45 responses to “4 Steps to Organize Your Pantry

  1. Really helpful. I always transfer my sugar or flour to a clear container because its easier to see if I’m okay or about to run out and it looks better.

  2. What great ideas! I love the idea of changing the containers, even if they are behind doors it helps when you open it up to look neat and organized. I actually saw a great things for spices that are magnetic and go on your frig – loved it!

  3. Great post! Your containers are adorable, and that would eliminate a lot of duplicates in my pantry if they went in the container as soon as the came in the house. I love your idea of having every area in your home be something that pleases you. Really great post!

  4. Karla

    What a beautiful pantry! We’re moving a house this month. and I can’t wait to organize and try your ideas! Really love your idea of using clear containers!

  5. What a beautiful pantry! I like to think I’m pretty organized … like everything has a place. But I look at these photos and say “wow”. Well, you’ve inspired me some, so who knows, maybe I can get to this point someday. I love the clear containers and the chalkboard labels are fabulous! Thanks for sharing such great ideas.

  6. You’ve completely inspired me! This is what I’ll be doing this weekend. My bottles of spices drive me insane as I can never find the spice Im looking for and take up far too much room – love the idea of an expandable spice rack. Great post. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. I LOVE to organize but sometimes I need a little inspiration and this hit the mark. Great idea to hide the packaging. Our pantry is exposed and not behind a closed door so I am always looking for ways to make it prettier. Thanks for the ideas!

  8. Brandy

    Having a game plan is definitely a must-have when it comes two organizing! I have tried many times just doing it without writing down my goals and it usually ended in frustration. Thank you for the tips!

  9. Great tips! I have been wanting to organize my pantry for some time now. I am usually an organized person, but my pantry is having no part in that! LOL. Maybe now I’ll step it up and finally do it.

  10. Lisa – I just love your organizing tips. My cabinets are glass, so nothing is hidden from view. I like the idea of adding baskets with cute tags on them and plan to put that in place this weekend when I have a little more time!

    • I added to wooden crates with chalkboard fronts to the bottom shelf of my dining room sideboard, just love them! It’s so easy to change the label whenever I decide to store something different in them!

  11. Oh. My. Word. I need to use all if these tios and ideas. My osntry needs some serious help! It seems I got more disorganized when I stopped working. Why is that? I think I will start with the spice rack first!

    • Oh my gosh, I know what you mean. I stopped working and felt like there was less time in the day to organize anything. I have to be intentional about what I will do each day to stay on top of everything!

  12. Sara

    Loved this! So true about uniformity with all the containers. I use them to shop in bulk though so I don’t have to purchase things like rice, flour, beans, nuts, and oats with excess packaging. I love that spice rack too. I need to get one!

    xx Sara
    https://sararentas.wixsite.com/blog/

  13. Awesome tips. I soooo needed to read this post tonight. I was just thinking that I really need to beautify our pantry but didn’t know where to start. Thanks for the steps I look forward to putting all of my baking items and cereals in clear containers too. So cute!

  14. Some great ideas here. I also remove packaging to get that uniform look. As for a spice rack, I have a pull-out spice drawer. It is conveniently located near the stove too. You’ve inspired me to organize my grocery section of my kitchen.

    • Oooh, love the spice drawers, so handy! I have my spices on a lazy susan in our pantry but it’s not that close to the stove. I am going to look for a drawer insert to make this change. Always looking for ideas to organize, thanks Poovanesh!

  15. Those labels are so cute! I need to do this in our kitchen. The cupboards look so busy with all the different branding from the packages. And the spices are a complete mess. You’ve inspired me though! I’m going to sort it!

  16. Love how a few simple steps can totally transform the pantry! You’re so right about hiding the packaging. It adds a cohesiveness and personality to your ingredients while also letting their textures and colors be super visually interesting. Great job!

  17. I think you did a great job organizing and making it look nice! I’m really going to have to tackle our pantry soon… I’ve been pretending with the whole out of sight out of mind thing, but it’s not working anymore! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  18. This post got me motivated and now I am getting ready to go straight to Amazon and find some things to get me started, I do have a full pantry and the whole thing looks like your cabinets did. Now I absolutely have some nice uniformed containers!

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    Spices are the bane of my existence! I’m not sure how we have so many. I try alphabetizing them and using a staggered step spice rack. Maybe I need two (or to get rid of some of the spices we don’t use often). I’ll have to try staggering them.

    • Ugh I hear you! When I saw my spices weren’t going to fit, I thought for sure I was going to have to rethink my whole plan! Well I hope that works for you! Good luck! 🙂

  20. I love the idea of putting ingredients in similar jars and label them. I am a bit of a fanatic organiser and love uniformity. I live in France and usually search the second hand shops for Bon Maman jars in different sizes.

  21. Looks great! Even though you didn’t have much space, you did a great job organizing and being able to see what’s there. Thanks for the tips!