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How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry

DIY | September 16, 2022

 

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go
[This post on how to organize your kitchen pantry contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked in this post were all provided by The Container Store; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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.

Here to see the kitchen pantry refresh three years later? Scroll down to check it out.

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry

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.

Protip: Want to see even more dramatic before and afters? Tap here to see my bathroom closet transformation, and tap here to check out my fridge/freezer overhaul.

Now, I will take you step-by-step on how to do this in your kitchen pantry! Let’s get started!

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go: BEFORE

BEFORE

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go - BEFORE

BEFORE

Kitchen Pantry: Before

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!

Protip: In a hurry? Skip the post and download this FREE printable step-by-step guide on how to organize your pantry, including the exact bins and containers I used in this post.

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go
How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

Empty Your Kitchen Pantry

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:

  1. Snacks

  2. Baking items

  3. Rice

  4. Pasta

  5. Candies

  6. Condiments

  7. Canned goods

  8. Powder drink mixes and water bottles

  9. Coolers

  10. Protein bars and powder

  11. Perishables

  12. Paper towels

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

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Add Containers To Your Kitchen Pantry

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.

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go
How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

As you can see, I used plastic, multi-purpose bins found
here
These OXO Good Grips 3.4 qt. POP Cereal Dispensers found
here
And this amazing OXO Good Grips 10-Piece POP Canister Set found
here
.

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go
How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go
How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

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.

 

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go
How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

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.

 

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

Kitchen Pantry: After

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.

 

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

Are you inspired to create a perfectly organized kitchen pantry? With the right pieces like these from “The Container Store,” you can easily experience this kind of transformation in 1/2 day’s work!

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.

The Perfectly Organized Kitchen Pantry: Three Years Later

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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!

 

cluttered kitchen pantry before

3 years later: Before the kitchen pantry 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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After of kitchen pantry refresh!

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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.

 

wire shelving holding pantry organizational containers

Organizational containers in the 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.

 

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How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

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!

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How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go
How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

How to Organize your Kitchen Pantry, tips featured by top AL home blogger, She Gave It A Go

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  1. Tiffany Harrison says:

    Your pantry looks fabulous! I am on a cleaning frenzy myself! Great tips and really a great motivation for me to reorganize our pantry.

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    • Brendt Blanks says:

      Thank you so much, Tiffany!
      I am so glad you stopped by and wish you the best of luck with your organizing and cleaning projects! It always feels so good to have a home that is organized and decluttered!

      Have a wonderful day,
      Brendt

  2. Easten Osborne says:

    I love this! Could you please tell me the size of the clear snack bins that you used at the bottom?

    Thank you!

  3. Joanne Harp says:

    Was there link for the baskets on the floor?

    • Brendt Blanks says:

      Hi friend,

      Feel free to email me for the link!

      Thanks for stopping by, and wishing you a beautiful day,
      Brendt

  4. Jake Mills says:

    very good article! been searching for the best kitchen organization tips.. good thing i found this article!

  5. Heather Bodak says:

    Loved this post. I would love to know where you got the baskets from.

  6. Becca says:

    What is your solution for canned items?

  7. Pamela Wolf says:

    What sizes are the clear jars for your four, sugar, etc? Your pantry looks awesome!

  8. Ashlee Telschow says:

    Was there link for the baskets on the floor?

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  10. Melisa says:

    May I ask where you found the big floor baskets? The pantry looks great!

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  13. Jackie says:

    Thank you so much!!! I am trying to do some hard-core spring cleaning over here in Annapolis. We will totally be using these tips to get this place in shape. We are also having a professional carpet cleaner come this weekend which I am so excited about!!! Thanks again for all the great tips!

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  15. Jen says:

    Love, love, love. It looks great, Brendt! I’m going to share a link to your post with my readers on Sunday for my week in rewind. I know they’ll love your tips and beautifully-styled pantry, too!😘

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