Home organization 101: Week #3 Pantry Organization

September 15, 2012



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Home Organization 101 will continue for 14 weeks. Each Saturday, I will post a new “space” along with pictures of my finished space and share the process of how you can organize yours. You can take as long as you need, and once you are finished organizing your space, come back here to this post and link up your blog (with pictures) to share with all of us. If you do not have a blog, you can take pictures and share them on our Facebook group page (here).   Questions, ask away… Our facebook page is the best place to ask them.  Have fun!  Now lets get organized.



This week should be a bit easier than the previous two weeks (hopefully).  We are cleaning out and organizing the pantry!  I split up the kitchen and pantry because I think the pantry is a separate job itself!  I didn’t want you to get burnt out from being in the kitchen for two weeks straight.  Follow the steps to get your pantry organized below!



1.  Make sure you have boxes, bins, etc… before you get started. You will need them. I purchased mine at a local store but some baskets similar to mine can be found here. * If you do not have baskets/bins, you can still organize your pantry into “categories”.

2.  If you are using them, line up your empty bins & baskets on the kitchen table. If you do not have bins, you can still separate your food into ‘categories’ on the table.

3. Take everything out of your pantry.  Check the expiration date and throw out expired or no longer used items.  Place “like” items in the baskets on the table. Organizing your food into categories (bins) will help keep your pantry looking nice and neat.  (Categories to consider: School, Breakfast, Pasta, Baking, Sauce, Bread, Snacks, Sides, etc.)  

4.  Once you are finished organizing into categories, you can wipe out your pantry, sweep, mop, etc… to get it all clean.

8.  Place all of your neatly organized bins & boxes back into your pantry.

9. Label each bin with a labeler or hang a tag on the basket like I did.

*This is only a guide to help get you started. Customize your pantry to fit the needs of your family.

Thats it!!  All done.  Now take some pictures and share with us. πŸ™‚


Using baskets has helped us keep our pantry organized.

I use the top shelf for small appliances, etc.

I love the Elfa door organizers.  They give me so much more space to store canned goods, etc.  We do not have a lot of canned goods. We eat mostly fresh, but if not in season, then freezer veggies.

I keep extra reusable grocery bags in the basket under the shelves.

Each of my green baskets contain a “category”.

1.  Oatmeal

2. Granola

3. Breakfast

4. Cereal

5. Chips

6. Snacks

Whenever the kids go into the pantry to get a snack, they know to leave the “school snacks” alone. They are ONLY for school lunches.

I keep a running tally of my pantry items.  I got this printable from Clean Mama on Etsy here.  I take it to the grocery store with me so I know what Im out of.

I attached the chalkboard labels onto the baskets with zip ties.

Thats our pantry!  Its functional and easy for our family to utilize. 


1. Wire Baskets (similar to mine) – Amazon
2. Mini Chalkboard labels (similar to mine) – Amazon
3. Green bins – Target
4. Large woven basket – Target
5. Clipboard – Staples
6. Grocery Bag Holder – Amazon
7. Elfa Door organizers – Container Store
8. Frosted shelf liners – Container Store


This weeks’ post is sponsored by Jennifer from The Fragrance Lamp.  Check out her cute website here to see her products!


Once you have completed the task of cleaning and organizing your pantry, link up below.  Have fun organizing. 


39 comments on “Home organization 101: Week #3 Pantry Organization

  1. How lovely! Will have lots of inspiration for this week!

  2. stefani says:

    Looks good. Makes me wish I had a pantry. πŸ™

  3. Deanne J says:

    HI Toni, I’ve just found your blog and I love it. Your pantry is beautiful, unfortunately I don’t have one.

  4. Andrea says:

    Your pantry is great! The door organizers make me wish we had a door but I might have to look into putting something on the side walls instead. Thanks again for this challenge and link up!

  5. Sarah says:

    OH my goodness…those pictures on pinterest DO come from real homes. Amazing!!

  6. Ange says:

    Just found this in my blog reader and love it! Going to go catch up with the past two weeks and share this on my fb page. Love to be organized! Your pantry is awesome, the clipboard, chalkboard tags and baskets on the doors are awesome!

  7. Beautiful! I want my pantry to be as organized as yours! πŸ™‚

  8. CAS says:

    Love the double doors on your pantry, Toni! My “Pantry” link is from several months ago when I did a major overhaul of my pantry. I hope that’s okay. It really has stayed very organized since then, & I wanted to share.

  9. Deanna says:

    I’m glad I did this because I found a can of enchilada sauce that had expired in 2007 shoved in the very back! Thankfully that wasn’t something hubby and son would have opened, it would have required them to actually cook! lol Ready for next weeks to do list!

  10. Comeca Jones says:

    I love a good pantry redo and I am enjoying the challenge!

  11. JudyC says:

    looks great!
    Unfortunately where I live (NC), I have to put all dry ingredients — flours, pastas, bean (not sure), rice (not sure), cereals, crackers etc — in plastic containers (not bags!) or the ‘cereal bugs’ get into them!

  12. Alli says:

    Your pantry is amazing!

  13. Anonymous says:


  14. Jenny says:

    I live in Charleston-nice to see a blogger than I love (just found you today) is lives here as well! Do you mind me asking what local store you bought the bins at? I’d rather buy them on my errand day than pay for shipping. πŸ™‚

  15. Jen Jones says:

    Would you mind if I link this post to my blog and share one of the pictures of your pantry? LOVE it, by the way! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  16. Janie says:

    Love your ideas! But what are steps 5, 6, and 7?

  17. Gretta says:

    I am going to start this next week I am from Canada but going to Port Huron on the weekend to do some shopping. I like the wire baskets, my pantry is full of baking supplies that need to be organized. Looking forward to showing pics of before and after

  18. Louisa Hall says:

    Wonderful. Any tips on organising as small pantry that I housed in a tall kitchen cabinet?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Ahh, it’s so relaxing to look at all that organization. Thanks for the tips and for sharing!

  20. Emily says:

    Ahh, so relaxing to look at. Thanks for all the great tips!

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is a great inspiration, I just bought the Seville classics 5 tier shelving unit http://www.walmart.com/ip/Seville-Classics-5-Shelf-Steel-Wire-Shelving-System-with-Casters-Wheels/24520568 I love this thing! It’s commercial kitchen grade and looks beautiful and think your idea of bins is great for this shelf.

    Thank you,

  22. Elisabeth says:

    would love to know what you have lining your shelves. whatever it is, i want! i hate wire shelves! thanks!

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