The pantry is crucial to keep organized on a regular basis, food illnesses are no joke! There is also the issue of food waste, buying unnecessary items because you already had it in your pantry but forgot about it or it’s pushed to the back and expired. According to World Food Day “In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.” Let’s try to reduce our food waste by eliminating food items we do not eat or care for. Here’s How to Organize and Simplify Your Kitchen Pantry.
Our pantry is located behind the kitchen island (double doors pictured below) It’s a fairly large pantry so we are able to keep all our dry-good in this space. We don’t stockpile food (like extreme couponers) because honestly, it’s just wasteful. Sure somethings have long expiration dates, but it adds more clutter to your home, and most of the time, those stockpiled items do go to waste 🙁
If you don’t have a dedicated pantry, consider placing 2 to 3 bookcases together to create an open pantry like the one pictured below.
Supplies Needed to Organize Your Pantry:
Large Jars (I used old pickle jars from Costco)
Acrylic shelves (for spices or canned goods)
How to Organize Your Pantry:
- Remove everything from your pantry
- Sort through items, keeping like items together (keep baking goods together, canned goods together, cereal together, dry goods together, snacks together, etc.)
- Donate unexpired/unopened items to your local food bank or church. Consider not buying items that you know you will not eat or your family may not eat. I’ve found that sticking with the same great meals that our family enjoys cuts back on food waste, time, energy, and money
- Place unwanted items in the designated area (donate, sell, recycle, trash)
- Our pantry has a dedicated space for pet items – consider a space for your fur baby as well 🙂
- You might have space in your pantry for non-food items (paper goods, etc.) … I like to keep food items only but if you have the space, designate a non-food items section
- Place everything back into your pantry keeping like items together. Consider making labels for items. A basket system keeps our pantry organized without having to search for an item behind other items. You can download and print my pantry labels here. I also reuse large glass pickle jars to store some of our dry goods 🙂
- TIP: I go through my pantry once a month to see if there are unopened items that we have yet to eat and if so, I put them in a bag to donate to our church (they take any food donation).
The bottom portion of our pantry is used to store dog food (lol, because everyone buys the big bags like we do, right?), a step stool and a wire bin with larger miscellaneous items. One day I will find the perfect container to hold the dog food, but throwing the bag in here is working for now 🙂
Now that you’ve organized the space, you need to one more crucial step when organizing: add labels! I did all the hard work for you designing every pantry label you could ever need, ready for you to print and cut right here 🙂
These pantry labels were one of my last projects that I designed for the CutCardStock.blog as one of their Winter 2015/2016 Design Team Members using my Cricut Explore Machine BUT I also created a printable version so you can organize your pantry like a pro too!
These printable pantry labels are perfect to use in any home. The design, shape, and color can work with any home.
Print on white card stock, full sheet white labels, printable clear sticker paper or full sheet clear labels for a clean look or print on your preferred colored card stock to match the decor of your home.
The labels can be adhered to baskets/bins/wire shelves using glue dots, glue, or 3M adhesive (if printing on cardstock) OR print on full sheet white labels, or full sheet clear labels OR hole punch the sides and string ribbon/yarn/twine to tie to baskets/bins/wire shelves (if printing on cardstock)
Print as many as you like after downloading the file and use over and over! I recommend printing on white cardstock 65 lbs or heavier (110 lb card stock is recommended for best durability).
Supplies to make the pantry labels:
- Ribbon, twine, or yarn
- Hole puncher
- Printable Labels (get them HERE)
- White card stock, Colored Card Stock, Sticker Paper, Clear Sticker Paper (to print the PDF on)
- Cut each label around the black border
- Hole punch sides to tie to baskets/bins/wire shelves using twine OR
- Use 3M double-sided tape or glue dots to adhere to the back if you prefer not to hole punch
The baskets in my pantry have holes to make it easy to attach these labels.
The Pantry Labels PDF File Includes (3 labels per page on 15 pages = 45 total labels):
– COFFEE label (1)
– TEA label (1)
– COCOA label (1)
– SAUCES label (1)
– CANNED GOODS label (2)
– WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR label (1)
– GLUTEN-FREE FLOUR label (1)
– GLUTEN FREE label (1)
– MIXES label (1)
– PANCAKE MIX label (1)
– P.BUTTER & HONEY label (1)
– BLACK BEANS label (1)
– RED BEANS label (1)
– WHITE BEANS label (1)
– BEANS label (1)
– PASTA label (1)
– LENTILS label (1)
– SNACKS label (3)
– QUINOA label (1)
– BROWN RICE label (1)
– RICE label (1)
– QUICK OATS label (1)
– OLD FASHIONED OATS label (1)
– OATS label (1)
– FRUIT label (1)
– POTATOES label (1)
– ONIONS label (1)
– CEREAL label (1)
– BREAD label (1)
– CHIPS label (1)
– BROWN SUGAR label (1)
– POWDERED SUGAR label (1)
– SUGAR SUBSTITUTE label (1)
– FLOUR label (1)
– SUGAR label (1)
– SPICES label (2)
– COOKBOOKS label (1)
– SALT & PEPPER label (1)
– BAKING SPICES label (1)
– BAKING GOODS label (1)
– Blank Label – write whatever you want (1)
You will love how these labels help complete your organized pantry! Go HERE to download the labels 🙂
For more suggestions on how to organize your entire home, go here.
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