Pantry organisation is rewarding and can simplify your time in the kitchen. In this special guest post, local business owner Deanna Foster of Pretty Little Designs shares her pantry organisation ideas, from planning, to choosing containers, to labelling.

A natural organiser at heart, Deanna created her once solo-run store out of love for home organisation and beautiful pantry labels. Within just a short time, her dedication to creating simple and better spaces led to business growth and a huge following. Read on for her top tips for organising your pantry.

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Pantry organisation ideas: how to organise your pantry

“Organisation can be incredibly artful and soulful”, says Margarot Guralnick.

The pantry is the soul of the kitchen. It’s home to all the items you use daily, which means that having an well organised pantry is necessary to make your life easier. It helps you keep track of where everything is, and saves you time, and we all know we always need more time in the day, especially if you have small children at home like me.

The most common pantry problems include not enough space, as well as difficulty in keeping track of supplies and hard to reach items. But, with some coordination, you can enhance this space in your home. Using the right storage techniques can help you save space and give your pantry a symmetrical, in style, fresh and fancy look. Planning, organisation and labelling can also help you. It’s all about getting creative and being resourceful. Follow these pantry organisation ideas, and you too can have an effectively organised pantry.

Declutter and buy what you need for better pantry organisation

Pantry organisation is not only about arranging to organise, but it also means ‘discarding’. Who else is guilty of buying one too many items when they are on sale? Unless its a highly used item, resist the temptation. Not only is it likely to be pushed to the back and quickly forgotten, but it’s also possible it will expire before you use it. For all those other ingredients, buy them as you need them. Pull everything out of your pantry and sort through everything, discarding anything that is out of date.

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Divide your pantry into zones

When organising my kitchen pantry, I like to hold by zones. I want to include the heavy bulky items at the bottom and then divide my pantry into certain zones to keep food organised and to reduce your meal preparation time. This way you know where to look for each product. So, identify the food and cooking items that suit your lifestyle. Be it the baking ingredients in one zone, breakfast containers in the next and so forth. Then, of course, designate the area for each.

Organise your food by its use-by dates

I can’t help but feel every time I do this, it reminds me of the days I used to manage a greengrocer in the UK. I always make sure I refill my pantry goods as if I was still working on the shop floor. The oldest dates should be at the front with the newest at the back.

I’m often asked about expiry dates when you put all your items into containers and label up all pretty, and I have an excellent tip for you. I was using a blank sticker on the bottom, but a customer suggested to me chalkboard labels. Then all you need to do is add your expiry date to the bottom and update as needed.

Buy pantry containers

Pantry canisters which are airtight, stackable and transparent are ideal when organising your pantry. You can easily see what food you still have in stock, which means you can avoid doubling up every time you go to the shop, and airtight seals will keep food fresher for longer.

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Smart ways to gain extra space

Shelf organisers are a super handy addition to your pantry as they add extra height to items and create clearer visibility. Turntables are great for those tricky, hard to reach areas. Shelf helpers are perfect for creating an additional shelf in the pantry without having to pull out the drill! I also have a wall-mounted spice rack on the back of the door to create a completely new ‘zone’ for all my herbs and spices.

Baskets for organisation rescue

Storage baskets are a simple, organised, cheap and easy way to create an organised space. Always see what you have and use and label into categories. I use mine for storing things like crackers, baking supplies, side dishes, snacks etc. Items I don’t use as often I store on my top shelf. You can, of course, make these just as visible by adding labelled tags or acrylic labelled tags to the baskets so you can still see clearly what is stored in each one.

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Pantry organisation is incomplete without pantry labels

Last but certainly not least…LABELS. I’d say, the fact that you’re reading this article means you love an organised and pretty pantry! And there is no better way to finish off your beautiful pantry than with labels.

I hope these kitchen pantry organisation ideas will help you organise your pantry today

Until next time, 

Deanna xo

Content and images were adapted from Deanna Foster’s website Pretty Little Designs.

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