How to Organize Your Pantry

Follow these simple steps to set up an organized pantry that will keep items easily accessible while maximizing your available storage space.

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It doesn't take long to mess up a kitchen pantry. Everyone's in a hurry, grabbing what they want, then not putting things back where they found them. Pretty soon, no one can find anything! It's time to take control and restore order. Let's get started!

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Step 1

Plan Your Project and Purchase Organizers

Before starting, open your pantry door and identify your storage problems. Which areas are hard to see? Where are items getting lost? Then, take measurements and select storage solutions that will help keep items in sight and easily accessible. Here are some ideas.

Plan the pantryAby Garvey for Family Handyman

Step 2

Empty Your Pantry

Pull items out of your pantry and use your counters or kitchen table to roughly sort items by category. Categories may include:

  • Baking supplies;
  • Canned goods;
  • Pasta;
  • Rice and other grains;
  • Spices;
  • Snacks;
  • Breakfast or lunch items;
  • Oils and vinegar;
  • Beverages;
  • Small appliances;
  • Paper goods (napkins, plates, plastic wear);
  • Check expiration dates and discard expired items.

Empty the pantryAby Garvey for Family Handyman