I am so thrilled to share with you how to create the perfectly organized (and pretty!) kitchen pantry. This post is part of a blog hop with eight other bloggers; if you are coming from my friend Bethany over at Crisp Collective, welcome!
Didn’t Bethany’s playroom project inspire you? She is so talented, and, of course, I love all of the amazing “The Container Store” products she used to organize her children’s space. I also want to say thank you to Sarah over at Grace In My Space for putting together this organizing hop.
This kitchen pantry organization project is one of my favorite home projects to date. Do you know why? Because of the dramatic results it produced.
Our pantry went from chaotic and not functioning well for our family to one that is clutter free, pretty, and perfectly functional. This transformation has now ignited my desire to tackle other “eye sores” and poorly organized spaces down the road because of the difference it makes in our day-to-day life.
Showing you the “before” photo of our kitchen pantry allows you to see just what I mean when I say it was a disaster, haha! Although there was some attempt at baskets, none matched nor were organized with intention.
It was difficult to see what we had in our pantry, which led to me not enjoying baking (nor cooking, really) because I couldn’t find the things I needed. So, I knew that everything had to be taken out first!
As you can see, I completely emptied the kitchen pantry, and nothing remained. It already felt better, haha! As I emptied the pantry, I created piles that were like items (and yes, I found things I didn’t know we had!). Here are some of the piles I created:
Powder drink mixes and water bottles
Protein bars and powder
Now that I had my sorted piles, it was time to have fun! I received so many amazing containers from “The Container Store,” and I knew that they were going to bring me the look and functionality I had been hoping for! I began placing these pieces in the pantry with a purpose (don’t miss the end of this post, all products are linked for your convenience).
With four children, the foods they enjoy need to be on the lower shelves and not breakable.
For things like bread, produce, and water bottles, I loved having these open wooden handle baskets found
here. On the higher shelves, I placed the glass pieces that held food my husband or I access to cook meals and bake.
These glass canisters with glass lids make my heart happy; I’ve always loved things like flour, rice, and grits poured into canisters where you can see these things!
And although these beautiful glass canisters with oak lids are breakable, with the smaller size that they are, I felt comfortable keeping these on a middle shelf so that they too can be of help when gathering baking items and other items that we keep less of on a regular basis.
Breakfast items such as oatmeal and pancake mix found homes in the glass canisters, as well as our cereal in the OXO Good Grips 4.5 qt. POP Cereal Dispensers found here.
And last but not least, you can see while we do have some canned goods, that is not something we have a lot of, so I decided to use a Lazy Susan as our canned goods storage so I could easily see what we had on hand.
This 2-tier bamboo one is the perfect texture to have with the large glass canisters and adjacent oak lid containers.
The “after” left our whole family smiling and saying, “WOW”! In fact, instead of keeping the kitchen pantry door closed, we didn’t mind it staying open anymore. “The Container Store” pieces met our needs as a family of six: maximum functionality, organization, and an overall clean and pretty look.
We added some chalkboard labels to the pieces for reminders of what food items go where when my children help unload the groceries into the kitchen pantry. It’s so nice to not have all the bulky boxes and paper bins foods come in, but rather empty them into containers that keep them fresh and give this streamlined look.
Tip? Get your children involved! Mine helped me do each of these steps we completed the project in under four hours. I hope you walk away inspired to tackle this in your own home.
Updated September 2022: Three years ago, I completed this kitchen pantry overhaul. It was a very fulfilling project and one that has continued to make a big difference in our rhythms. But as you can imagine, with 6 of us in the house, it was time for a refresh!
Because I had used containers for the first overhaul, the refresh was easy to do. In under 2 hours, it went from the before (above) to the after (below).
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Here are the clear bins and labels I added to the kitchen pantry for a refresh.
Protip: Clear bins increase the visibility of what items you have in your kitchen pantry.
Want ideas on how to organize your kitchen pantry for healthy meal planning? Head over to Heather of My Life Well Loved and check out her pantry post, where she walks you through step-by-step exactly how to do this for your family.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and next up is my friend Jenna over at Jenna Kate At Home. You will not believe her fridge makeover! She will surely inspire you to tackle your kitchen too!