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How to organize your pantry
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How To Organize Your Pantry

by Vanessa Hayes

in Around the House,Organizing,Quick Tip Videos

In this quick tip video I’m literally going to open up my pantry doors and show you how to organize your pantry. I know pantries come in different shapes, sizes and types, but if you follow some basic fundamentals you can learn how to organize any pantry…or how to organize any space for that matter!

In this video I’m going to highlight three basic fundamentals I use when teaching others how to organize their spaces:

1. Group like items together. You want to collect and put similar items together so it’s easy for you to search, find and put things away. So for instance in the pantry, some categories that you might sort your items into are:

  • breakfast items: cereals, oatmeal, pop tarts, pancake mix etc.
  • food storage items: baggies, foils, wraps, lunch bags, food storage containers, etc.
  • canned goods: tomatoes, soups, canned veggies, canned fruit, etc.
  • oils and vinegars
  • condiments: hot sauces, sandwich spreads, salad dressings, tapenades, etc.
  • baking goods: flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa, food coloring, chocolate chips, etc.
  • snacks: granola bars, Krispie treats, fruit chews, roll ups, individual crackers, cookies and so on.
  • pastas, beans, and rice

2. Create “zones”. What I mean is to pick a logical space to put your items and make it  “home” for them.  For example, you may want to keep your breakfast items, food storage, and canned goods on easy to reach shelves (your “prime real estate”). Your less frequently used items like holiday dishes, specialty serving trays and your extra coffee maker can go up high. (HINT: keep a small folding step stool in the pantry or nearby to make it easy to get those items when you need them.  My favorite is the Polder 2-Step Mini-Stool).

3. Use containers. There are a lot of options when it comes to using containers in your pantry.  Before I designed my Elfa pantry I simply used a variety of containers to keep it organized.  Containers are great because they keep things together, you can usually label them easily and they keep things from falling over. Here are some great products you can use in your pantry:

So, let’s get on with the video where I show you these fundamentals in action in my pantry:

So, do you have any favorite products or suggestions on how to organize your pantry?  I’d love to hear them!

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