If this is the current situation of your pantry, and if it is the size of a medicine cabinet, then this post is just for you! Get your organizing mode on, and right before you transform your little cupboards on a storage system that works for you, read my tips on organizing a small pantry!
I’ve struggled really hard with not having an organized pantry. While cooking, I would take 20 bottles of something out of the cupboard, before I could reach what I was looking for. And I thought it was just because I didn’t have a “full-size-walk-in-pantry”. I only have 2 cupboards and a little cart I bought at IKEA to store everything. And I can assure you it is more than enough for two people. I just needed to create a designated space for every item. Now everything has a home, and we lose way less time preparing food and cleaning the kitchen! Here’s how you can do it too:
1. Take everything out
In order to organize, I pulled everything out of the shelves first. I threw away expired food and cleaned all of the surfaces. Also went through the spare dishes and other crockery I stored in there to see if there was anything dirty. By doing this, I actually found glass jars I didn’t know I had, to store dry goods. Always search your house before buying containers!
2. Sort by category
After cleaning, I created some categories in which I could separate the food. Like baking (for flour, yeast, sugar, etc…), breakfast (coffee, jams, honey, and other stuff we consume when eating breakfast), condiments, snacks, and so on. This way, I was able to know what size my containers needed to be, in order to store everything. Just make it work for you and your needs, think about what you use more often and what to just need from time to time.
3. Take the packaging away
You are more able to recognize things when they are out of their packaging. This means: less time wasting! I did this for the stuff I use the most, such as pasta, rice, oatmeal and of course… coffee. All of the spare packs go in their categories, inside the cupboards, while this ones stay on the cart, easy to grab.
After getting the glass jars and baskets I needed, I labeled each one of them with the name of what they contained.
5. In order of importance
After having everything ready, I had to figure out the best way to arrange things on the shelves. I decided to put less used items on the top shelves such as spare packs of pasta, and paper towels. The middle ones were filled with the additional dishes I already had, and bread. The bottom ones, which are easier to reach for us, have all the condiments we need when cooking, breakfast, snacks and cereals that we eat throughout the day.
After all this talking, you are more than ready to transform you small pantry, so I’ll just show you the before and after images right now!
Ready to get your small pantry in order?
I really wish this post is helpful for you. I totally believe it would have been for me, before doing this transformation. And if you are looking to organize more small areas of your home check out my post about 3 Foolproof tips on organizing small spaces.
Thank you for reading. See you next time!