I spend a lot of time in my kitchen which means a visit my pantry often. The only downside, is that it’s far from orderly.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been dreading this challenge because I have lot of expired goods and random products in my pantry. But putting it off isn’t going to make it any easier!
That’s why today’s focus is on pantry organization — tossing old cans and finding neat ways to store my food staples.
Will you join me? I found some must-have essentials that will help you organize your pantry (and make the task a little less daunting). Let’s get to it!
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My Go-To Pantry Cleaning Tools
As with most of our organizing challenges, cleaning is the first step to an orderly project. Here are a few tools I find helpful when cleaning my pantry.
I’ve mentioned my love for my Dyson before, and I stand by my recommendation today. This Dyson Cordless Vacuum is a lifesaver for all those little crumbs and dust you’ll find in your pantry. Plus, the top separates from the bottom to double as a precise hand vacuum.
This is another one of my favorites that I recommended when working with the TODAY Show. It’s called Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Cleaner and it will clean up all those sticky spills no matter how long the’ve been on your pantry floor.
I also love the smell… lemon verbena! Refreshing and lovely for the spring and summer months.
I don’t own this Bissell Hand Vac, but my friend received it for Christmas and uses it all the time! It’s a compact vacuum that charges on a nifty little base. It’s easy to store and even easier to use thanks to a single-touch control function.
Oh, and you know all of the spilled spices that work their way into pantry cracks? The extended brush-end is perfect for those!
Organization Products For The Shelves
Whether you have a walk-in pantry or a closet pantry, you most likely have shelves to work with. Below, I listed some items that will help you organize everything from baking ingredients to soup cans.
I was recently invited to the TODAY Show to share some of my favorite products to help me adhere to my New Year’s resolutions.
When they asked me for my top pick, I shared these Lock and Lock Easy Containers because they help me keep all my baking ingredients in order. I love that they’re clear because I can easily find what I need without opening a bunch of containers.
But if you’re searching for something that gives you a little easier access, I advise using these Plastic Bins from the Container Store. They have an open top which allows you to reach right in to grab what you need in an instant.
My love for Longaberber has been around for quite some time. Their baskets always seem to come in handy!
If you’re looking for one for your pantry, I recommend the Catch All. You can fill it with snacks, coffee pods or even kitchen tools that don’t fit in your drawers. Another thing that’s great about baskets is that they’re both useful and pretty!
You can also find my other Longaberger favorites HERE.
If you store a bunch of dressings, sauces or oils in your pantry, you might want to use this Shelf Liner from the Container Store. It helps protect against spills and it can be cut to fit the surface of your shelf.
And if you take a close look, you’ll see that the plastic is ribbed — providing some traction for your pantry essentials.
No matter how well I organize my pantry, some things are hard to reach. So when I found these Pull-Out Drawers, I almost added a few to my cart! According to the listing, they include all of the installation hardware you need and they’re easy to assemble.
Plus, they’re made entirely of wood and have a soft-close design (no loud slamming!).
I like to keep my onions and potatoes in my pantry because it’s a cool (which helps them last longer). But to avoid any condensation, keeping them in an open container is best.
I discovered these Vertica Wire Stacking Bins and think that they would be perfect for my pantry produce. Breathable and accessible!
If it isn’t obvious already from my Refrigerator Organization Blog, I love lazy Susans. They make everything easy to reach and they’re extremely versatile.
This Lazy Susan from Wayfair is two-tiered, which allows you to take full advantage of your pantry organization efforts.
Head over to QVC to grab a set of these YouCopia ShelfSteps. You can use them for cans or spices, and they’ll help keep everything visible.
Other Pantry Organization Essentials
Finally, I have some unique products that will help you make the most of your pantry organization. Some of these ideas are super clever and others will just make your life easier!
I found this idea over at House Beautiful and had to share with you! You can use an Over-The-Door Organizer (the same ones people use for shoes) for things like condiments or snacks for kids’ lunches.
I’m sure this would also work well for utensils if your drawers are looking a bit cluttered!
Become a pro at pantry organization with this Brother P-Touch Label Maker. I use this product around my entire house for everything from my leftovers to my desk essential. But it works great for pantry containers as well!
Remember those clear containers I showed you above? Keep track of everything inside by adding a label.
If you have as many pots and pans as I do, I’m sure you run into a clutter issue. Now, you can say goodbye to those struggles with this Mini Hook Mount — ideal for pans, pots and utensils with a hook on the end.
However, if you don’t need all those hooks and just need to hang a couple of things, you can always use Command Hooks. If you own a home, you’ve definitely turned to these at some point in your life. In this case, you can use them to store reusable bags, pot holders and more.
I collect plastic store bags like it’s my job… Unfortunately, they can make any space look messy in an instant. I found this Simplehuman Bag Holder which is crafted to keep all your bags in one compact area. There’s also an opening in the front that allows for easy access to those bags when you need them!
Depending on the size of your pantry, this challenge could take 30 minutes or three days. Remember to take it easy and do what you can!
From my home to yours,