Have you been working to get your home organized for 2015? For me it is an ongoing process!
My pantry is now as organized as it is going to be and I’d like to share a few tips that work for me for keeping things neat and easy to find.
My pantry wasn’t terribly unorganized, I just needed to take some time to decide exactly where I wanted to store certain items and I needed to decide if I was using every inch of space efficiently.
The worst area in the pantry and the one that bugged me to death was Sherman’s shelf. We pretty much just crammed Sherman’s canned food, medication, new toys, and treats into this area with no organization system in place.
Sherman’s messy shelf looks so much better now! I intended for the third box to hold his canned food but he had so many treats that two crates were necessary. His canned food is on the shelf below for now.
Now for some pantry organization tips that work for me.
Tip One: Group like foods together
This makes it easy to find what you need when cooking and it makes it easy to see what needs to be added to the grocery list when it is shopping time.
Tip Two: Corral Boxes and Bags in a Crate
My rice, dried beans, and pastas used to be crammed into a pantry corner. I’d often have to dig through a pile to find what I needed. A wine crate given to me by a neighbor corals these items neatly. I put slides on the bottom of the box so that I can easily pull it out without damaging the shelf.
Now we will move to the left side of the pantry. I’m lucky to have a large pantry. It used to be a breakfast nook. Click here to see it in all of its 1950’s glory.
Tip Three: Use Pan Racks to Organize Platters, Silpats, and Rolling Pins
Things that I don’t use frequently are stored on the top shelf of the pantry. Platters stay neat in racks designed to hold pans. I got these at Lowe’s a number of years ago. Rolling pins and Silpats stay neat in the rack as well. Another rack on the top shelf in the middle of the pantry holds roasting pans and casserole carriers.
I keep baking supplies together on a shelf. My supply is a bit low now as I used a lot of ingredients for Christmas baking and haven’t replaced them.
Tip Four: Use Vintage Containers for Storage
I don’t bake cupcakes all that often but for some reason I can’t resist buying seasonal liners. A vintage tin keeps them in one spot and is easy to look through when I want to back a batch of cupcakes.
A vintage bread box that belonged to my grandmother hold sprinkles and tips used for cake decorating.
I like to keep my flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips in vintage canisters. There’s no need to label them since I’m the only chef and I know which container hold which item.
Cookie cutters are stored in labeled containers by season. I found these tins years ago on sale at Walmart.
An old Planter’s Peanut jar holds popcorn packets. I’d rather look at this than ugly boxes. The rack makes grabbing a quick bar easy and it neatly hold seasoning packets.
Our medications are stored in vintage tins that my grandmother used for cookies. Since we don’t have kids, I can safely store these on the bottom shelf. I’d much rather look at a vintage tin than a shelf full of bottles.
Sherman’s dog food is stored in a vintage barrel that sits upon a rolling plant stand. This makes it easy to roll the food in and out of the pantry to feed him. The bread box that you can see behind it usually stores potatoes but is now holding extra coffee. I sometimes use it to store extra wine as well.
Tip Five: Store What You Seldom Use on the Top Shelf
Cake and cupcake containers, a salad spinner, and a deviled egg dish are items that I don’t use on a regular basis. They go on the top shelf.
Tip Six: Keep Appliances in One Area
We don’t use these appliances regularly, so they live in the pantry.
I’m out of tips but I’ll continue sharing what I keep in my pantry. I have a lot of kitchen cabinets but I also have a lot of dishes. These items wouldn’t fit in my cabinets so they are stored in the pantry. I love serving cakes and cookies on footed stands.
I keep the recipes that I regularly use in binders. Pages torn from magazines don’t get added to the binder until I’ve tried the recipe and decide that it is one that I’d like to make again. (Another vintage tin is in the corner holding plastic bag overflow.)
You can just see two of our recycle bins under the shelf in the picture above. We keep a bin for cans and another for mixed paper in the pantry. Everything else goes in bins in the basement. (We don’t have curbside recycling in our city.)
That was a lot of organizing for one small space. Don’t forget to come back later this week for a tutorial on how we made our DIY wooden crates.
I have a treat for you today! Seventeen bloggers are sharing their best organization ideas in today’s Organize Your Home and Your Life tour. Scroll on down to get some great ideas!