16 Pantry Organization Ideas You’ll Wish You Knew Before
Put your pantry in order (at last!) with these simple tips.
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Divide your pantry into “zones”
Every pantry worth its salt (pun intended) is divvied up into “zones,” or various cooking stations based on your day-to-day needs. Once you settle on the categories—such as weeknight dinners or holiday baking—assign an area in your pantry for each zone and label it. Not only will this trick help with pantry organization, but it also guarantees you’ll find what you need in a pinch. Need some inspiration? These are the zones every organized pantry should have.
Clear, labeled containers are a cluttered cook’s best friend. Store bulk cereals, rice, and other dry goods in plastic jars or buckets to effortlessly tidy up your pantry. Better yet, keep a small measuring cup on the side of each container with a command hook for convenient scooping. Don’t make these mistakes that make your kitchen look sloppy.
Place onions and garlic in mesh laundry bags
Believe it or not, onions, garlic, and other room-temperature produce belong in mesh laundry bags—not your pantry shelves. But this pantry organization hack does more than reduce clutter; you can prevent the dry skins from littering the pantry floor and shelves, too. Plus, the mesh bags also boost air circulation, keeping the produce fresh for much longer.
Tidy up your Tupperware
Thanks to the various sizes of plastic containers and lids, it’s all too easy for your Tupperware collection to run amok. Try grouping the bottoms on one shelf and stacking the lids vertically with a plate rack on another. You’ll never have another runaway lid again.
Use zip ties to hang utensils
If you keep any cooking utensils in your pantry, a few extra dollars can save you tons of time down the road. Loop zip ties through the handles’ holes and hang the cookware on a rack or hook. That way, they will be easier to grab the next time you need to whip up a busy weeknight meal.
Turn shelves into drawers
Deep shelves can often cause food items to disappear. Pull-out drawers, on the other hand, will allow you to stock your pantry to its brim—no frantic searching required. Don’t miss more secrets personal organizers won’t tell you for free.
Make your dishes do double duty
Dishes that aren’t used every day, such as cake stands, can double as extra storage for pantry organization. Simply place small bowls and ramekins both on top and underneath them on the pantry shelf.
Hang a shoe organizer on the door
Instead of letting random snacks, seasoning packs, and Kool-Aid packets clutter up your pantry (and hog valuable shelf space), hang a shoe organizer on the door and fill the slots with those loose items. You’ll want to steal these habits of clutter-free people, too.