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Kitchen Pantry Organization

Time To Organize The Kitchen Pantry

Recently I decided that it was time to take control of the mess and clutter lurking in our kitchen pantry. I want to share with you how I was able to clear out my kitchen pantry and make it functional for our family. Read on to hear how I organized our pantry in one afternoon:

kitchen pantry
Behind this door is a freshly organized pantry.

I set aside an entire afternoon to dedicate towards organizing our kitchen pantry as I knew this was going to be a big project. After the holidays, I had items shoved everywhere and no one besides me could find anything in the pantry. Here’s a quick video clip of our messy pantry prior to being organized:

Before starting on the pantry, I cleaned the kitchen and dining room first so that I had a large space to lay everything out. I started by taking EVERYTHING out of the pantry. As I took items out of the pantry, I consolidated items and threw away anything that had expired or was past it’s pull date.

kitchen pantry mess
Isn’t amazing how much accumulates in a pantry? This was jam packed into our pantry.

Once I had the pantry cleared out, I deep cleaned the pantry. I wiped everything down to make sure I had a clean slate before putting food back in the pantry. After the pantry is clean and dry, it’s time to start putting things back in an organized fashion. I already had quite a few pantry baskets, but I ordered a few more wire baskets to help with the organization.

a clean kitchen pantry
Our Kitchen Pantry cleared out and freshly cleaned.

Once your pantry is clean, the fun part begins. Now you get to reorganize your kitchen pantry so that its functional and you can find what you need. Below you will find my steps to follow to achieve an organize pantry:

Steps to Achieving an Organized Pantry:

  1. Make a list of items you need to organize your pantry (take note of what you have and what you need)
  2. Order Organizational Baskets & Bins
  3. Remove Everything From Pantry
  4. Get rid of any expired items or things you no longer need or use
  5. Consolidate any items that you can
  6. Deep clean your pantry
  7. Sort through your pantry items and group like items together
  8. Put like items in baskets
  9. Start placing baskets back into your kitchen pantry (you may find you need to rearrange several times)
  10. When you’re finished, it’s ok to wait a day or two and reorganize. Also, seek input from other family members who access the pantry on a regular basis.
  11. Once your pantry is organized, you will find it’s much easier to find things and keep it clean.
an organized kitchen pantry
Still a work in progress, but so much more organized than before!

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Does your pantry need organizing? Did you find this article helpful? I’d love to hear from you. If you have a moment, comment below and let me know your best organization tip OR share with me what area of your house needs the most organizing.

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