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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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