As a professional organizer, one of my favorite projects are client pantries. A few quick changes can make a really high impact, giving you that Pinterest-perfect look, as well as keep your family organized. It’s a great project that you can also tackle at home while sheltering in place.
No matter what type of pantry you have, the first step is always to clean out and sort your food. Once you know what you’re working with, you’ll be able to select the organizational items that will work best for your space.
At the end of this post you’ll find a downloadable guide including your own pantry cleanout checklist, and links to all the items mentioned here!
Now that you have a better idea of what types of food you need to store, here are some of my favorite products that will help you beautifully organize your pantry.
Before you choose your accessories, be sure to think about what types of items will work best for you. Many of my clients find that they prefer clear acrylic bins to group items together, because food isn’t able to hide from sight. They find that if they can’t see it – it doesn’t exist. That said, some of my clients adore (and strongly prefer) the look of beautiful wicker baskets or solid plastic bins. I always advise that you lean in to whichever style you prefer.
You’ll want a look that works best for your lifestyle, and will be most easily maintained by your family. The goal of a good pantry makeover is to combine style and simplicity. It can be easy to overcomplicate organization, so I don’t encourage clients to put every single item in bins or containers, but to group items together that might otherwise be unruly. Things like sauce packets or chip bags can each be grouped together so that they’re not falling over or laying flat in your pantry. The goal is to make it very easy to find what you want, when you want it.
Common items I might group together include:
- Individual snack bags for the kids
- Chip bags
- Seasoning or sauce packets
- Bags of spices can be decanted into spice jars
Now that you know which items you want to store together, you can create a shopping list around those needs. Download the guide below to shop the products mentioned here, and enjoy the benefits of a beautifully organized pantry!
Carly Adams is a professional organizer based in Sacramento, CA. Her mission is to create peaceful environments with simple storage solutions for her clients. To learn more or sign up for her weekly newsletter, visit tidyrevival.com.