Get your kitchen organization started with the biggest job of all: the pantry. It isn’t easy or fun, but makes a big impact when finished.
Welcome to Day 1 of the 6 day Kitchen Organization challenge! I’m glad you’ve decided to join me in getting your kitchen (and in return, yourself) better organized!
It’s so frustrating to be in the kitchen, ready to cook a meal, only to not be able to find what you need. Or ending up with multiples of something because you didn’t know you had it when you went grocery shopping.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so let’s give it some loving!
Originally Published On: October 27, 2021
Today’s Task: The Pantry
Yes, I know this is a big one, but it’s always a good place to start. Of course, everyone has their own way to clean and organize, but this is my suggestion:
- Take everything out of the pantry.
- Wipe down all of the shelves in the pantry.
- Look through all the food for anything that is expired and toss it out. Make sure to make a list of what you are throwing away so you can replace it.
- Group similar things, such as baking goods, breakfast foods, snacks, etc. so you know about how much you have of everything.
- Decide if you need new containers to organize your pantry with, or if what you have will work for the organization you are trying to achieve.
- Put everything back in the pantry in a more organized way.
Inspiration & Resources
I put together a blog post with a list of some of my favorite organization products for the kitchen that you can find here: https://www.sonshinekitchen.com/organizing-products-kitchen
If you are looking for some ideas for pantry and kitchen organization, I created a Pinterest board that you can find here: https://www.pinterest.com/sonshinekitchen/kitchen-organization-decor/
It’s not perfect, but this is what my pantry currently looks like. There are some things I want to do to organize better, but I still feel like I can find everything.
We have the alcohol and extra glass containers up top. The next row has all our pasta, canned goods, and extra bottles of food. The middle shelf is all my baking supplies. The second to bottom shelf is all breakfast at the left, fruits and veggies in the middle, then the bread, and my foil and plastic wrap to the far right. The bottom shelf is all the kid’s food and snacks so they can easily reach them.
During the school year, the calendar with the snack schedule is taped to the inside of the door, and I have command hooks holding my cleaning rag and paper towels.
- 6 Days to an Organized Kitchen
- Day 2: The Junk Drawer
- Day 3: The Refrigerator and Freezer
- Day 4: Under the Sink
- Day 5: The Cabinets
- Day 6: Catch-Up
If you have any questions, need any help, want suggestions on your unique situation, feel free to send me an email and I can give you some guidance!
Take some before/after photos and post them online using #sonshinekitchen so we can all see the progress you are making!
19 thoughts on “Kitchen Organization, Day 1: The Pantry”
My pantry needs a beauty lift and I am thankful that you shared this. This will be my project this weekend.
I love an organized pantry! A few months ago we cleaned ours out and it felt so good!
Your pantry looks fantastic! I love a well organized space and I think you did a great job.
Certain things that we use regularly in cooking like oil we keep right by the hob so it’s easier to reach for. But I do love decanting things into containers like you have x
These are such great tips! I just organized my living room yesterday and will organize the kitchen pantry on Sunday! I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind🙂
Some superb tips here. I need to get some similar sized containers, but wiping down the shelves and checking the expiry dates is something I need to do myself
I absolutely love what you did. I need to start organizing my kitchen myself. An organized kitchen makes cooking and finding food so much easier.
We have very limited space in our kitchen so getting organised is not an option!
I have purchased all sorts of containers and labels so that I can organise my kitchen. It makes things so much more easy to see and replace and identify.
I really need to spend a soild day organising my kitchen space as I know it will make things so much easier and less stressful especially when I am cooking
I love an organised pantry. We sorted ours a dew months back and it felt so good and less cluttered
This looks like a lot of work but surely worth it, Thanks for all the tips. I’ll take them up next time when i’m cleaning my kitchen
I always love pantry organization ideas. I even love looking at pantries and learning from others on how they arrange theirs. Definitely learned a lot from you.
I need to do so much to organize my pantry, it’s a mess lol…Thanks for the tips…
I love how you’ve divided these daunting tasks into several days. We just remodeled our kitchen and i did take the opportunity to re-organize the whole kitchen. Thanks for these great tips.
I recently organized my pantry and it looks so much better.Now I need to organize my pots and pans.
I love to be organized. The clear containers in the pantry are perfect.
I wish I had a proper pantry like this, it’s definitely not common in the UK. But I do like having my cupboards organised like this as much as possible x
I found the content only at the right time. I was having a great problems with organizing the pantry of my kitchen. Now it is solved. Thanks for sharing this