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5 Tips for Creating a Beautifully Organized Pantry

Hi, friends!! Thank you all SO much for your sweet words and encouragement about our first official organizing YouTube video last week! I admit, it was pretty nerve wracking to push “publish,” but you totally made my month with all of your kind comments! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so excited to share a new video with you this week about creating a beautifully organized pantry! 🙂

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One of the first things I did when we moved into our new house was organize our kitchen pantry. I have found that if my pantry is neat and organized, it is easier to keep the rest of the kitchen organized as well. Because of this, I knew I needed to make sure I had a system that allowed me to keep our pantry looking beautiful and organized for the long term, not just for a day or a week.

Organized pantry with decanted baking items, pasta, and spices

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I’m happy to say that we’ve been in our house for about 9 months now, and my pantry organization systems are still going strong! When I really thought about it, there were five major elements that have helped us to create and maintain a beautifully organized pantry– I can’t wait to share them with you! (I will include a full source list at the end of this post so you can easily find any of the items I mentioned! 😉 )

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5 Tips for Creating a Beautifully Organized Pantry

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Tip 1: Choose Shelves that Really Maximize Your Storage Space

Whether it’s the type of shelves or configuration of them, having a functional shelving system can be a huge help in creating and maintaining an organized pantry. When we first moved in, our pantry had wire shelves, which can totally work in some situations, but presented some challenges for us.

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our pantry on the day we moved in

As I was attempting to organize our pantry space, my containers were falling over, the shelf brackets were taking up a lot of space and getting in the way, and it was hard to implement some of the systems I wanted to use. We made the decision to swap out the wire shelves for solid shelves from the IKEA ALGOT system (now called BOAXEL), and it made a huge difference!

(Between our two houses, we have used the ALGOT system in 6 spaces now– 2 pantries and 4 closets– and I can’t say enough good things about it! It’s strong and durable and has a ton of possible configurations to suit your space.)

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While we had the shelves out, we also decided to install some beautiful removable wallpaper in the back of the pantry for a nice pop of pattern whenever we open the doors– little details always make me smile!

Tip 2: Corral Like Items in Bins or Baskets

Pantries typically need to hold a whole bunch of stuff. The challenge is being able to store everything you need in a way that makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. To solve this issue, I decided to use inexpensive plastic baskets to separate my pantry “stuff” into categories. Not only can I now find my items easily, but everyone in the house can clearly see where each type of item goes so things end up back in their spot, which allows us to maintain our organizational systems long term!

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We have bins for the boys’ school snacks (one for sweet and one for salty!), a bin for seasonings, one for baking items, one for boxes and canned goods, and even a “miscellaneous” bin that acts as a catch all for seasonal items or things we don’t keep around all the time.

The baskets are from Target, and they come in a bunch of different sizes. They have different colors for each season, so you could probably find some to match the colors of your house without too much trouble at all!

Tip 3: Don’t Forget the Label

I admit, I am a smidge obsessed with labeling! In our pantry I took simple gift tags and used my Silhouette machine to cut out little labels from adhesive vinyl. You could also use a label maker (I have this one!), create labels in Microsoft Word or Canva, or simply hand write your labels!

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I also used adhesive vinyl letters to label the containers that hold our baking supplies and pasta and our spice jars as well.

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And speaking of those containers…

Tip 4: Eliminate Clutter by Using Uniform Containers

This is totally a personal preference thing, but I really like the look of matching containers to hold things like flour, sugar, pasta, and rice rather than trying to juggle a bunch of oddly shaped boxes and bags. It really gives the pantry a cohesive look, and the labels make it easy to find exactly what I’m looking for. (I use these clear containers from IKEA, which come in multiple sizes.)

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When I decided to go with the container system, there were a few issues I had to account for. First, how would I keep track of things like cooking times for the pasta and rice or recipe details for the pancake mix, etc.? To solve this problem, I simply snip the instructions from the box before I throw it away and tuck it in the side of the container where I can easily see it. (You can probably spot the instructions in the left-most pasta container in the photo above.)

The other thing I had to make sure I kept track of was expiration dates. To do this, I created a simple printable, which I keep on a clipboard in the back of the pantry…

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I laminated the printable (My laminator is similar to this one.) and used a dry erase marker to write the item and expiration date on the lines. This makes it really easy to change out items and dates as we go through the ingredients in our pantry.

I couldn’t just keep this pretty printable to myself though! You can snag it for your own pantry below!

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Click here to download the Pantry Notes printable!

Tip 5: Use Risers to Save Space and Provide Easy Access

I love risers because they are super inexpensive and can help make a space so much more functional! They work like a charm for our spice jars. I can easily see what’s in each one and they don’t take up much space in the pantry.

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In my last pantry, I also used the risers for canned goods and it worked well for those too!

Organization Hack: Use a Wine Rack to Store Water Bottles

Before I wrap up, I also wanted to mention this fun storage hack that I discovered recently! Our water bottles were always messy and falling over; they were also on a high shelf that was hard for Donnie and I to reach and impossible for the Cs to get to. I had seen the idea of using a wine rack to hold water bottles in a few different places, so I decided to try it in our pantry, and I love it!

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Each bottle sits neatly in its own spot, the lids always stay with their designated bottle, and the Cs can easily grab one and fill it up any time they’re thirsty! Now if you’re in a kitchen that’s really crunched for storage space, this may not be the best option because it’s not the most compact configuration, but if you have a little bit of room to spare, I have really loved this system.

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Pantries can feel overwhelming to try to organize, but they don’t have to be! These 5 simple tips have been huge for helping me to create and maintain a beautifully organized pantry, and I hope they will be helpful for you too!

If you have any questions about where I found any of the items I mentioned in the post, I am including a full source list below.

Sources

IKEA BOAXEL System

Removable Wallpaper

Storage Bins

Silhouette Cameo

My Favorite Label Maker

Food Storage Containers

Laminator

Pantry Risers

Spice Jars

Wine Rack Water Bottle Holder

KitchenAid

CrockPot

[Psssttt… Don’t miss our mega post with tips for organizing every room of the house here!]

Happy Organizing!

Abby Lawson, Just a Girl and Her Blog

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

42 Comments

  1. Brittany Wise says:

    Your pantry looks almost too perfect to cook out of! 🙂 Love the organization AND how pretty it is to open. Did you make the ‘Lawson & Co.’ sign? Super cute!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Brittany! You are so sweet! I did make the sign! It was originally for our old kitchen, but I thought it worked well over the pantry in this kitchen too. 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Ahhh! You just solved one of my biggest kitchen frustrations. The water bottle wine rack tip is going to change my life! I gave up and started tossing them in a drawer, which is a mess. I cannot wait to get them organized and keep the kid bottles separate from the adult bottles. Thank you Abby!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Who knew that water bottles could be such a huge pain?! Mine were killing me until I found this tip! 🙂 Hope you are having a great week, my friend!!

      ~Abby =)

      1. We don’t have a collection of water bottles … but we do have a number of travel cups, which create the same problems. I will definitely be looking at how to incorporate this brilliant idea into my kitchen storage! (And we’ve been trying to find wine racks that will work for us and these may just do it!)

        1. justagirlabby says:

          Yay! Glad it will work for you, too! It’s been such a great solution for us! Have a wonderful week, Lynn!

          ~Abby =)

  3. Amy @ The Quiet Homemaker says:

    Wow! I love this! Can not wait to start on mine…one day! We are in a camper, finishing up our cabin, where I will have a nice big pantry. I can not wait!
    Thanks so much for this. I think I am going to grab some of those spice jars so I can create a spice drawer in the camper!
    Blessings,
    Amy

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooh love the spice drawer idea! Thanks so much for your sweet words, Amy!!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Kvnqprezo says:

    Nice Abby,
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    Pinning page ASAP, I’ll be needing it someday… Thanks!
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    You’re inspiring!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thanks! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  5. I love the way you use your silhouette!! the labels on the spices’ containers are gorgeous!!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Silvia! Definitely love my labels! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Sabrina Ochoa says:

    You should make videos for youtube with this ideas, love this one

  7. Oh my! You are so neat and organized!! I wish I had a pantry to organize, but I may be able to apply some of these ideas to my little cabinet “pantry”. I love the clear organizers you choose and keeping everything uniformed really looks so neat and clean. Thanks for sharing!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Amanda! Happy Thursday! <3

      ~Abby =)

  8. Did the shelves from IKEA fit perfectly in your pantry? What size did you buy?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Diana! In true IKEA fashion, when you go to the store, all of the pieces are sold individually, not in arrangements like they show online. So for the pantry we used 3 uprights, 10 shelves, and 15 brackets. I go into detail about how to measure and select pieces for your ALGOT closet in this post: https://justagirlandherblog.com/ikea-algot-closet-system/ . I hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Kevin @ Newcastle Loft Conversion says:

    Loved the idea of using a wine rack as a water storage holder. You’ve done some amazing things organising your home!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Kevin! The wine rack has worked great for us! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Hi Abby,
    your pantry is spectacular!! For the IKEA ALGOT system, there are so many to choose from, which one did you use in your pantry?
    Love your blog
    Xoxo

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Daphney! In true IKEA fashion, when you go to the store, all of the pieces are sold individually, not in arrangements like they show online. So for the pantry we used 3 uprights, 10 shelves, and 15 brackets. I go into detail about how to measure and select pieces for your ALGOT closet in this post: https://justagirlandherblog.com/ikea-algot-closet-system/ . I hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  11. I definitely need to get my hands on those uniform containers. My dad was looking for something on the pantry the other day and he accidentally dropped an open bag of lentils. There were lentils all over the place haha That wouldn’t have happened with one of those containers and they also make everything look so much prettier!

    Thanks for making me want to be more organized!

    Bless you, Abby!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, so glad it was helpful for you, Lucia! Those lentils can be tricky! 🙂 haha Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Jacquelyn says:

    Very nice tips!

    The house we are currently renting does not even have a pantry, so we are using part of an old coat closet in the halfway and two cheap cabinets from Target in the dining room. (The kitchen is also very space and has very limited storage space… I had to get rid of a third of our kitchen items just to make what we kept fit.). I had it all organized very well two years ago, but it is a disaster now. I need to roll up my sleeves one evening and put things right again. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful, Jacquelyn! I did the same thing with our coat closet in our townhouse we lived in! It made a great pantry! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by… have a great weekend! <3

      ~Abby =)

  13. I love the water bottles in the wine rack! We have this giant overflowing bin of them…

    Today I am tackling the bedroom closet! I rent from my parents, and my bedroom closet is also family storage space, so I need to purge some things and find a new system to make it all work in there.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooo, fun! Happy organizing! <3

      ~Abby =)

  14. Great ideas! I need to do this, currently I use large antique jars which I love but I need that wine rack for our water bottles! What a great way to keep them organized 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      It has worked SO well for us! Hope it’s a great solution for you, as well! Thanks for stopping by… have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  15. I love your pantry! And I especially love how you use attractive bins to keep your canned goods both hidden and orsgnized. Every time I organize my own pantry it seems it is in disarray again after a week. Definitely planning to redo my pantry now! Thank you!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Hannah! Glad it was helpful for you! Happy organizing… I’m sure your pantry will look great! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  16. Great tips Abby! You’ve given me some good ideas, thank you!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Esther! Have a wonderful week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  17. Love this idea Abbey
    Where did you get those fantastic labels?
    Going to do this myself
    Thanks for the inspiration
    Louise

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Louise! I make them with my Silhouette! It is linked at the bottom of the post. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Abby =)

  18. What depth did you get on your shelves? My pantry is 23 inches deep and I can’t decide if I want the 15 inch depth or the 22 7/8″ depth. I have seen pantries where people bring the shelving all the way up to the door or some where their shelves are a little more shallow

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Shannon! We’ve used the ALGOT system in 6 closets now, and we always do the 15 inch depth so we have more room to reach in and grab what we need. It has worked really well for us!

      ~Abby =)

  19. Stephanie says:

    So organized! Isn’t the removable wallpaper awesome? I used the exact same stuff on some IKEA bookcases for a little oomph. 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      YES! It is my favorite! 🙂 Love the idea of using it on bookcases! Have a great weekend, Stephanie!

      ~Abby =)

  20. I’m an “old mom” and have struggled with how to store the kids’ water bottles for 30 years now (with a few more years to go before the last kid’s gone). Your idea of using a wine rack is REALLY great, thanks for sharing with us!! I’m a couple years late on the comment, but excited to see this solution. I’ve lost so many water bottle lids over the years!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Oh, yay! So glad it was helpful for you! It was a game changer when I found the tip too!

      Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

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