Am I the only one who gets utterly excited at even the thought of organization? I constantly find myself organizing and reorganizing everything in my house on a pretty regular basis. My favorite place to dig into? Definitely my pantry. I seriously purge and go crazy in there at least once every two months! No joke! My pantry is not big, but with the help of Pinterest, I come up with new pantry organization ideas to rearrange things to make it more efficient for me.
It may seem crazy to change things so often in a space or even expensive, but it definitely doesn't have to be! There are tons of items around your house that can easily turn into "pantry organization tools" in a heartbeat!
My favorite thing I use to organize it a hanging shoe organizer. I have it hanging behind the door to hold oils, vinegars, various spices, and any other goodies I cook with. It's also a great place for me to put straws for the kiddos, and paper bags that I use to pop popcorn! You can find these almost anywhere, even the dollar store has them at time!
Second favorite thing to organize with are glass jars. I reuse jars from jellies, mayo, salsa, and tons more. These are PERFECT to hold nuts, seeds, grains, sugar, flour, etc. The list is literally a mile long! Soak your jars to get the labels off (even better if they're jars from canning) and fill them with items to lower the amount of "bulk" in the pantry.
Here are a few other random items I've organized with in the past:
Ice buckets- The plastic ones that go in your freezer are an easy solution to thin shelves in the pantry. These are super cheap, but can hold quite a bit.
Baskets- I find these at yard sales extremely cheap. I use two larger ones in my pantry now to hold baked goods and bread. They also work great for potatoes and onions.
Plastic Containers- I also find these at yard sales and the dollar tree. If I stop using them in the pantry, they'll work great anywhere!
Once you have all of your items to organize with-it's time to move forward:
Step One- PURGE PURGE PURGE! Get rid of things that are expired and donate food that isn't expired but maybe you're just not eating.
Step Two- Clean out EVERYTHING. Starting with an empty pantry is a lot easier than just moving things around.
Step Three- Down size. Have two boxes of crackers? Combine them in a plastic container. Two containers of sugar? Combine em'. A functioning pantry has less clutter.
Step Four- Begin separating into like items. Placing like things in near proximity is the best way to eliminate purchasing extra of what you already have.
Step Five-Arrange and rearrange. You've gotta figure out what works best for you! It may take a bit to figure out, but I'm pretty sure you hear angels sing once it all comes together!
Want to find even more ways to get organized? Learn how to organize your Canning Pantry! (And get a free printable!)
How do you organize your pantry? Do you use any recyclables in there? What's your biggest pet peeve about your pantry? Will use use any of these pantry organization ideas?
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