This is another project that has been a long time in the making. I have made several attempts to organize our pantry over the past 12 years but none of them have stuck. Once again, Tonia and Sorted Out to the rescue!  We’re sharing 5 Tips for a Perfectly Organized Pantry with you today.

As you can tell, I do have a walk-in pantry but it is by no means very large.  It serves as home to all of my small electrical appliances, large collection of cookbooks, the girls art supplies…Oh, yes, and food!

Because we mostly eat healthy, fresh foods that I keep in my very large fridge, I don’t really have that many dry or canned goods.  That leaves a good amount of space for the other things I need to store here.  But containing and organizing all those things has never been very successful.

Sorted Out had the perfect solution, of course.  I never would’ve thought to put boxes of pancake mix or cake mix in these bins but it makes them so much easier to access. I’m also able to keep them organized when I have lots of other hands rifling through things in the pantry.

We reused the woven baskets where I store paper goods, lunch boxes and over-the-counter medicine. Even just putting them in a different configuration and on different shelves helped gain more space.

One of my favorite things they did was put my cookbooks in rainbow order. It actually makes them much easier to find, believe it or not!
At one point, I had purchased some of these clear containers for baking goods but never went back and got the rest of the items I needed. This was just the motivation I needed to complete that project that was begun years ago.

Even simple changes like these make it easier to stay organized and actually be inspired to get in here and find what I’m looking for or quickly identify things I need to pick up at the store.

5 Tips for A Perfectly Organized Pantry from Tonia Tomlin at Sorted Out:

  • Time to Purge. Set a realistic time aside to organize your pantry is the first step. Then, take out items in your pantry in sections, so you don’t get overwhelmed and discard anything that is stale and expired, I would recommend doing this every 6 months in the pantry.
  • Clean it out. Wipe down all shelves, walls, drawers, sweep out all areas. If you need to install new shelving, hooks or wall mounted items, this is a good time to do that. Going vertical with your wall space is a good idea, especially for spice storage.
  • Consistent Containers. Use new canisters that are all in the same organizing family, to hold any dry goods such as sugar and flour, and label them with a label maker or chalk labels. For small items, snacks, bars, salad toppings, nuts should go in an open bin for easy access.
  • Shop in your pantry. Group like items together in the pantry as if you were shopping at the grocery store. Pasta, rice, canned goods together, Mexican Food, Asian Food, breakfast section, crackers, and snacks. Depending on your food categories. It’s also a good idea to label the shelves so other family members are on the same page.
  • Hard to reach items. Consider using a lazy Susan for bulky, or heavy items such as oil bottles, vinegars, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce, this makes it easier to reach. Store all appliances at a lower level so you can access them.

Below is a boutique of the items that we used for this project.  I hope it inspires you to make a few simple changes and organize your pantry as well. You can see other projects that I have worked with Sorted Out on here: my home office and my master closet. We’ve got another fun one in the works so stay tuned!




Thank you to Tonia Tomlin and her team at sorted out for collaborating with me on this post. All opinions are my own.
Photos by Audrie Dollins

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