How to organize your pantry by category
Each pantry might have different categories based on the items you keep in stock and dietary preferences,
but here are some basic, broad categories to get started with: grains, baking, sweet snacks, salty snacks, breakfast,
canned goods, cereal, spices, condiments, fruit & nuts, oils & vinegar, coffee & tea, plastic ware.
How to organize your food pantry
5. Purge & Simplify
While you are categorizing make sure to PURGE any expired items (especially spices and mixes) –
use the organization as a way to start fresh in your space!
6. Consider Placement
After you categorize, consider the categories you want easily accessible (daily use) and
the categories that you access on a more sporadic basis (baking, plastic-ware, etc).
Plan to place all your daily items on the shelves you instinctively gravitate towards (typically eye-level and down a little).
7. Use Organizers
Make a list of items you need including baskets, risers, bins, airtight containers, etc.
We have used multi-purpose items that are durable and functional but also stylish
Hyacinth baskets are great for items you don’t need to view,
but you want to make sure to label them clearly so things don’t get mixed up again.
Tosca baskets are perfect for snack items that rotate in and out since you can easily see the contents.
Labelling is super important especially in pantries where many people can be popping in and out
throughout the day to grab snacks, prepare a meal, or put up groceries.
Labelling helps keep a high traffic space like the pantry organized and efficient. Plus, it’s just fun and cute, right?
9. Lastly, place not as accessible items on the highest shelves.
Be sure to put a stop to pantry moths. With everything out, this is a great opportunity.