I’m an Organizer by nature, believing that everything not only has a place, but has a most efficient and realistic place instead (it’s the Capricorn in me!) This drives my coworkers and husband crazy, mostly because it drives me crazy when things are untidy or out of order – a very silly (and tedious) problem to have. Luckily for me, I do the majority of the cooking, so I’ve been given free reign in all aspects of the kitchen: groceries! dishes! appliances! (Oh my!) Check out these 15 must-haves for organizing your pantry to get started on de-cluttering and beautifying your kitchen!
15 Must-Haves for Organizing Your Pantry
Printable Pantry Inventory List – This FREE printable is a great way to keep an on-going list of what is going in and out of your pantry. Be sure to add as you go so as not to miss anything, and to cross off any items you use. Freshen it up every few weeks to keep things recognizable and manageable.
Air-Tight Food Storage Containers – This set has different stackable sizes that can fit more product in your pantry by eliminating boxes and bags.
Over The Door Spice Rack – This versatile piece is great for a smaller pantry. Don’t limit yourself to spices – add canned foods, oils & vinegars, beverages, etc. The adjustable racks allow you to customize AND maximize your space.
2 Tiered Lazy Susan Snack Organizer – Perfect for putting together a school lunch or grabbing something on the go. It’s also an easy way of keeping inventory of the snacks your family likes best 😉
Stackable Can Organizer – Anyone else feel like tuna is always getting pushed aside? Or realize that all of the sudden you have 6 cans of black beans because you can never remember if you have them when your’re shopping? Hmmm, maybe it’s just a personal problem….but this rack has helped keep all the cans in plain sight, which saves me money and sanity. (This is where the pantry printable comes in handy)
“Kitchen Organization Made Easy” – A book to help reel it all in and really get organized! There’s a FREE Kindle edition available, or by the paperback for under $10.
Stackable Metal Baskets – Fill these with onions or potatoes, or non-perishable items such as re-usable grocery bags or cleaning products.
Adjustable Pot & Pan Stacking Rack – If you haven’t noticed, stacking is the way to go! It really does de-clutter like a champ. I love these racks because they free up so much space (and I can always find the pan I’m looking for)
Wall Mount Pot Lid Organizer – This keeps finding the matching lids super easy, and also frees up shelf space by mounting on your wall, inside a cabinet, or on the door.
Glass Storage Canister w/ Chalkboard Label – These are practical, but I added them to my pantry because they pretty it up a little bit. I use for flour, sugars, baking soda, etc.
Chalkboard Labels – Already have your favorite food containers? Add these affordable labels to spruce them up a bit!
Magnetic Spic Tins – I actually use these to remove items from my pantry! These attach to the side of your fridge, and people always comment on how “cool” they are 🙂 Be careful, though – I live near the ocean and many spices will clump because of the moisture. I reserve these for seeds, bay leaves, and frequently use spices that I replace often.
Pantry Shelf Organizers – Use these to keep your aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and Ziplocs together.
Tea Storage Canister – Trash (recycle!) all of those boxes of tea bags and put them into a single space – easy to access, easy to find. Cute and under $10!
Custom Pantry Food Labels – Have your pantry truly customized with these cute labels that will fit any of your containers. Choose your font and color and let someone else do the work!
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