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Organising: Pantry

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The pantry can be one of the most cluttered and disorganised cupboards of the home, but today I’ll give you some ideas how to organise your pantry, using boxes, baskets, containers and extra shelves.  Organising the pantry doesn’t have to be a huge task, you have two choices:

  1. Remove everything from pantry onto your kitchen bench and give it a complete clean, declutter and organise; or
  2. Give it a quick 15 minute makeover.

The choice is yours depending how much time you have, but I assure you you will feel oh so good when this task is completed.

  1. Before starting try to plan your storage needs.  Visit stores such as Kmart, Big W,  Target or Ikea for great storage products.
  2. Throw out all products that have expired or past it’s best before date.
  3. Put aside anything that you have never used and probably won’t.  Donate to a charity or friend that you know will use them.
  4. Make a note off all products that are close to expiry, plan to use them while meal planning the following week.
  5. Use extra storage solutions to maximise the space in your pantry.  Using baskets, small wire shelves and containers.
  6. Consider which items are used more frequently and place them on shelves at easy reach.
  7. Group like items together, such as: pasta, baking, cereal, spreads, cans, oils and sauces, tea and coffee etc.
  8. Consider repacking bagged items (such as flour or pasta) into containers like recycled food jars, ice-cream containers, decor or tupperware.  This will help maximise your storage by being able to stack containers onto each other.  Also the decor and tupperware are airtight and will keep your foods fresh.
  9. Label all containers using a dymo, address labels cut in half or masking tape.  This will allow you to easily find items.
  10. Utilise space on walls or door to hang a spice rack.
  11. Step back and admire your organised pantry!

Keep it organised

The most important of this task is to learn to keep your pantry organised.  When returning from the grocery store make it a point to continue with your organising and place like items together. 

My pantry

My pantry is filled with Tupperware modular mate containers.  I became a Tupperware Demonstrator 2 years ago purely because I wanted modular mates for my pantry so I earned some for free and purchased the rest at discount.  Apparently this is why most women start selling tupperware lol, it can become an addiction (that much so that I’m having a party soon because I want more!!).  I’m no longer a demonstrator but I’m thrilled that I achieved my beautifully organised pantry.  In saying that though I’m not trying to advertise tupperware to you, Decor is a great choice as well easily accessible from Kmart, Big W or even Bunnings, it comes in a wide range of sizes.  I did see recently some gorgeous jars at Ikea which would be great for storing rice, flour and pastas.

Below: This is my pantry

Below: From bottom to top:  Recycling box with Containers for storing potatoes and onions.  Storage for foil, cling wrap and baking paper I purchased from homecare.  In basket I store all biscuits as I find if stacked onto each other the kids knock them over.  Spreads stored on top of wire rack with container of freshly made cookies and larger spread and lunch items underneath.  Oils, yes I have way too many oils and a few boxes of cake mixes for emergencies (I usually like to bake cakes from scratch) . On the wall on the left side hiding away is a spice rack filled with spices, I also hang a bag of bags and my dustpan on the wall.

 Below: from bottom to top:  baskets for storing extra food items ready to put in containers when they are emptied and storage for kids lunch cooler bags.  I keep my cereal on a low shelf for easy access for the kids.  I need to keep cereal in these containers otherwise I was finding they were going stale as the kids wouldn’t close boxes properly. Next shelf up is crackers, dried fruit, chips, lollies and snacks…this is the shelf I look at when making kids lunches. Containers on the right side store packets of chips, muesli bars etc, all easy access for little fingers when hungry.  Top shelf is all my pasta’s, rice, flours, sugars…baking products.  On the wall on the right I usually have hung here the kids and my aprons, and another spice rack see details below.

Below:  Prior to this little shelving system it was hard for little me (i’m a shortie) to reach and see what was stored in this corner.  Recently I found these cute little shelves at Target and they have worked a treat organising this corner for me.  This system stores all my choc chips, sprinkles, bags of nuts, choc melts, candles and muffin cases.

Below:  The top of my pantry stores a basket of plastic storage bags, bin liners etc.  In the containers are first aide and medicines.  I have 4 containers (1) for bandaides, bandages etc.  (2) kids medication (3) adult medication (4) prescription repeats and medicine measuring cups.  To the right you can see another spice rack hung on shelf this rack stores all my vanilla and other flavoured essences and food colouring.

  I just found this link of some more great storage solutions for the corner of the pantry, Rubbermaid Lazy Susan turntable, from Lifespace.com.au would be great for all the cans I have.

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  • Sarah

    If and when my husband ever builds me my new pantry I aspire to have a pantry as beautifully organised as yours is!!! ReplyCancel

  • My Grandfather said- a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and your pantry is a thing of beauty! I shall try to get my pantry under control. ReplyCancel

  • Bacadak Designs

    I found fantastic plastic bag holders from Howards Storage world and also House. They screw to the inside of a cupboard door. We keep ours on the inside of the cupboard under the sink. I know we are meant to be trying to go plastic bag free, but we just aren't there yet. These are sooo much better than the bag bags, as they never lose their elastic!! ReplyCancel

    • Love howards storage world, I walked in there the other day and saw the bag holders, they are great aren't they. The backs of cupboard doors is a great unused space to hang them on. ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful post. I have been trying to sort out my pantry. Your photo's are a great inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing
    May ReplyCancel

  • [...] Pantry:  Use food close to expiry in the pantry – Utilise space on walls – Group like items together – Label containers [...]ReplyCancel

  • Niesha

    I love my tupperwre too! I too started Tupperware to fit out my pantry. So if anyone in Perth WA would like some help with their pantry I would love to come help you! Nothing like a clean organised place to store your food! Thanks for a inspiring blog! ReplyCancel

  • Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your

    post to my blog? ReplyCancel

  • [...] Katrina from The Organised Housewife – blogs about: The pantry…usually a chaotic disaster.  This post will help you to organise and clean out the pantry, give [...]ReplyCancel

  • Wow, your pantry certainly is one to aspire to! ReplyCancel

  • I have pantry envy! Mine is pretty organised but just too small. Would love a walk-in variety. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      lol, pantry envy….that's funny. ReplyCancel

    • Sherelle

      Me too! Mine is as organised as a small pantry can be! Similar to yours too!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, what a well organised pantry! This is my goal..eventually, lol. I was using Sistema containers, but I'm going to switch over to Lock and Lock. They are really cheap, BPA free, easy to open and close, and have excellent seals. ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Keep your eye out of specials when they are on buy up plenty!! You'll get there in time :) ReplyCancel

  • Now that is some serious organisation, very inspiring! ReplyCancel

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  • Jude

    Your pantry is a work of art! I want one like yours!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you!!!!
    My pantry is my number 1 frustration.
    Now I have some new ideas to get it sorted once and for all.
    AND my pantry is a corner one just like yours which I am excited about because your organisation suggestions will be perfect in my pantry too.
    Thank you for the inspiration to give it yet another make over.
    :-)ReplyCancel

  • wow no way i could my panrty like that ,only a single door one with five shelves,im wondering i do store my sauces/condimnts on a lady susan maybe shoulld remove it.my medicnes are on top of my fidge for extra space.ReplyCancel

    • Sjpearce

      The top of the fridge is quite warm – it could be damaging your meds :(ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Croft

    hi, that’s freaky!!! i cleaned out my pantry on the weekend – totally emptied it. Mine looks nearly exactly like yours – black tupperwre lids, white baskets, wire racks – even half the food is mine! hahaha. gotta love a tidy pantry! ReplyCancel

    • Makes it so much easier to find things when it’s organised…. love your taste!ReplyCancel

  • Mel Mosley

    Ohh I have just brought the tupperwear modular set for my new kitchen, such great ideas for storage, can’t wait to try it in my new pantry!!!ReplyCancel

  • ana3168

    OMG i hate you, in a good way of course!!
    Thanks for all the photosReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    OMG this is my dream pantry!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimnikola

    amazing
    ReplyCancel

  • Awesome. I love the baskets down the bottom for the lunch bags. Stealing this idea… From another Tupperware addict (I had to buy another double cupboard to keep my Tupperware in so it could be neatly organised when I am not using it. Maybe I have some issues LOL). Thanks for sharing all of your great tips.ReplyCancel

  • Jacelle

    I love your website! Had lots of fun today tidying up my pantry cupboard. All neatly organised now! I now my shopping list will be so much easier this week for having completed this daily task.
    Thankyou!ReplyCancel

  • sam- o

    I joined Tupperware in the 1990’s for the same reason! I always get comments on my pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndal @ NorthWest Tanning

    Katrina … great advice. Love the photos as well. Thanks for the motivation. Have been looking at my pantry all week thinking I must reorganise it for the fourth time in 6 months!! Having read your post now I might be able to do it properly. Cheers, Lyndal :)ReplyCancel

  • Sjpearce

    I also have a heap of tupperware from when I was a demonstrator, with decor to fill the gaps since I left. While the tupperware is amazing I have found the decor isnt air tight at all. Biscuits go stale, caster sugar clumps and something happened to the smarties. I am now saving up to replace all the decor with tupperware – its definitely worth the extra moneyReplyCancel

  • C.C.

    Thats one gorgeous pantry! Everything must be so easy to access. I love the Tupperware Custom Kitchen PLanning – I’m also a Tupperware Demonstrator on the Gold Coast. Theres a real process to the planning – I have planned my own pantry but have not yet purchased everything I need – one day I will have a fantastic and functional pantry just like you!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I also have a heap of Tupperware as its virtually air tight unlike the cheaper options. But I use Decor etc for things like tea bags & museli bars as they don’t need to be airtight.
    A lazy Susan works well in deep/high corners, I used to keep my spices on one.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    i have to agree with you about tupperware thats why i joined up last year and my pantry is awesome!! i find it so much easier and everything fits, it may take an extra 5 minutes to empty the rice and the biscuits ect into the right containers but now i know where everything is and i havent got 6 packets of everything opened at the one time!
    thankyou for showing me some new ideas aswell, love the idea of the baskets underneth.. have been trying to figure out a way to store things like the 2 kidlets lunch boxes ect .. the only thing is i have a 22 month old so the chips may need to find a new home for now!
    you are doing a wonderful job thankyou for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Ives

    I only did my pantry the other week. Instead of tuppaware I reuse the empty Maccona jars (the big ones). The lid on the jars I can cut out the label and put in inside the lid. Great for lentils, dried fruit and cooking sugars as they keep better. I also have a chest of draws in my pantry which I use as for the spices (yes I have a very large walk in pantry) The spices lie down so I can see their label.
    Thanks for your tips I am enjoying getting your blogs :)ReplyCancel

    • Those Maccona Jars are a great size, I save them up through the year and use them to make cookies in a jar for friendsReplyCancel

  • fitri

    what is the product’s name for ur potatoes storage?ReplyCancel

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