Jan 292018

An effective and efficient pantry means you’ll spend less time looking for ingredients.The following tips will help you organize your pantry for quick and easy meal preparation.

Whether you have a spacious pantry or a small space, organizing it really makes sense. An effective and efficient pantry means you’ll spend less time looking for ingredients and as an added bonus, you will know when you’re almost out of a staple so you can make sure you never run out. The following tips will help you organize your pantry for quick and easy meal preparation.

Create Zones
Zones create a space for everything. You might place lesser used items on the highest shelf and the often used items at eye level. Heavy bags of flour, potatoes, and rice can sit on the floor of the pantry. Keep canned soups, canned vegetables, and pastas in separate sections. Creating zones in your panty is a simple and effective means of organizing your pantry. You can help others follow your system by labeling each zone. For example, place a label that says, “Cereal” under or over the cereal section in your pantry.

Storage Containers
Storage containers take the zone concept to a new level. They help keep smaller items together and give your pantry a cohesive look. And when you’re going to be using more than one item from a zone, you can simply remove the storage container and set it on the counter. For example, you might store your garlic and onions in a lined bin or basket.

Clear storage containers are useful for items like beans and pastas as well. You can see what’s inside without having to open the container.

Space Saving Systems
If you’re tight for space consider investing in tiered systems. For example, there are tiered shelves designed to store canned foods. The tiered system ensures you can see the label on each can. It can help keep your pantry neat and organized. Another useful tool is the pantry door rack. If you have a swinging door on your pantry, a door rack provides additional space for spices, canned food, and condiments.

Organize by Meal Type or Day of the Week
Another way to approach pantry organization is to create a shelf dedicated to your week’s meals. Label each bin or container with the day of the week. Place the ingredients for that meal into the storage container. For example, if you’re making spaghetti on Monday your bin might include pasta, canned tomato sauce, garlic cloves and onions in it.

You can also organize by meal type. For example, breakfast items may be placed in a container or basket labeled accordingly.

Store Utensils and Appliances
Finally, consider installing a hanging rack where you can store all of your frequently used cooking utensils. You can also store your frequently used appliances, like your food processor, in your pantry. This saves time digging around in drawers and cupboards trying to find the right tool for the job.

Find a system that works well for your personal needs and meal preparation style. Some people prefer to organize by type, others by purpose or meal. Choose a method that works for you and be sure to follow through. You’ll always be able to find what you need, when you need it.

  34 Responses to “How to Organize Your Pantry for Quick and Easy Meal Prep”

  1. This is exactly what I need right now! I am trying to organize my kitchen and I NEED something to make it look better!

  2. I need these tips in my life so bad! If I had a nickel for all the minutes that I spend searching my pantry for…well…everything – I’d be rich!

  3. Great tips for organizing your pantry. Having the right storage containers makes everything easier.

  4. This looks amazing. We are always trying to make our kitchen more efficient.

  5. I need to reorganize our pantry in the worst way. Grocery shopping is much more difficult when I don’t even know what all the ingredients on my own shelf are. These are great ideas to get me motivated.

  6. We have a tiny farmhouse that has very little storage. Our pantry is built into the old chimney that the smokestack for the wood stove used. Your ideas and tips definitely help give me a new idea for how to approach our pantry.

  7. I like the idea of organizing it by the day of the week. I also like the zones idea. Executing this will be another ordeal! ha!

  8. I want your pantry. It is so cute and organized!

  9. These are all great ideas. My husband and I plan to make a pantry. I’m hoping to get started soon so it will be ready by summer.

  10. My pantry is like an abyss of stuffed stuff in a cabinet. When I open the door it spills out all over. I need tons of help.

  11. Great tips. Sometimes I just need my counter tops cleaned off, they seem to be a catch all with various junk that my kids put on the counters and do not pick up!

  12. You are so organized and your pantry ideas sound great. I have a pantry but it is not nearly as functional and well organized as yours.

  13. Our pantry is so not organized at all! These are great tips for getting back on track!

  14. Great tips for organizing your pantry. I wish I had a large one! Having the right storage containers makes a difference!

  15. I so love the look of an organized pantry. I’ve done mine several times and with four kids it never seems to last longer than a day or two.

  16. Really awesome tips! I love space saving hacks and organizational tips for my pantry. I will definitely try these!

  17. I love my pantry, has pull out shelves so I can reach everything without a problem. Lets me see what I have on hand and what needs to go on the list to be made.

  18. I have always wanted an organized pantry. I am finally getting it because my entire kitchen is getting remodeled. I will have an entire wall of pantry cabinets!

  19. I need to keep these tips in mind. Our pantry is frightening right now. Things fall down on you when you enter. There’s stuff everywhere. I am slowly working on it. It would be lovely not to be attacked by cans when I grab something.

  20. I love a clean kitchen especially since I enjoy cooking very much and would love to know where to find the things that I need. I think making sections is such a brilliant idea. I label everything too.

  21. My kitchen needs some organizational help! I just spent 25 minutes this morning going through pans under the sink. I need more room to store things!

  22. My pantry is a hot mess! i was just thinking this morning that I wanted to redo it!

  23. These are great ideas. I need to get some storage containers for flour, pasta, etc. Sounds like such a space saver.

  24. Judging by the comments, I am among friends. My pantry is in dire need of straightening BUT I can find everything I need… granted it takes awhile. Thanks for the motivation. I just may clean the pantry this weekend.

  25. Great tips! Now just to acquire a large pantry! Mine it totally small, and hardly holds a thing. Large walk in pantrys are my dream!

  26. Now these are some great tips for an organised pantry – I have to admit at the moment ours just has everything thrown into it – I really should start to organise it out.

  27. I’ve got mine partially organized. I’ve started buying bins and containers to store foods so I can see how much is left and I don’t over buy at the store. When you can see them in clear containers and everything has a place, its easier to menu plan and it just looks asthetically pleasing.

  28. I am a Virgo which means that I absolutely LOVE things to be organized. I struggle so much with keeping my pantry organized because my kids and husband are always messing it up. Thanks for the tips!

  29. These are great ideas! I have found that having storage containers that are clear help a lot. I fill them up with food items when I purchase them, then I can easily see what I need to buy more of. It also allows my kids to pick their own snacks.

  30. I will have to tackle that task this weekend. My pantry needs some organizing and I keep putting it off. Thank you for your tips!

  31. I love all these tips and ideas. It’s funny when my husband tries to cook, he whines about tools and utensils that are hard to find. I would love a hanging rack for my pots and pans.

  32. Ohh indeed such great suggestions! I think I will get the idea of having transparent containers and have it arranged in my kitchen. For sure it will look more tidy and organized.

  33. Your pantry is gorgeous. If I could keep the kids out of it then I would be golden!

  34. WOnderful, doable ideas! I’m personally not allowed to touch the pantry. My bf is the “chef” in the house and every time I go in there, he can’t find anything because I never put things back where they go lol