Adulting Home Lifestyle Organization

We Organized My Pantry!

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

My pantry is one of the areas in my house that I have yet to address because ugh. In other words, it has been a complete disaster since moving in. I haven’t gotten to it yet because I haven’t had the time to figure it out, but also because I’ve had the interesting challenge of living with 3 other girls that also have groceries and want to keep things separate. You know? For the longest time, we just each had our own shelves, but after awhile, things just got to be crazy messy and we needed to come up with something that would work for everyone.

It also seemed practical for us to share “common” pantry items like flour and sugar because it would be silly for us to have three version of the same thing – unless one of us was particular about a certain kind or brand. Regardless, there had to a better solution than what we were working with. Come to think of it, I’m kicking myself that we didn’t take a “BEFORE” photo because it was a serious nightmare y’all. Like BAD.

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

First up, we used these cute white tosca baskets  from The Container Store for easy, individually packaged grab-and-go snacks for when we’re running out the house and don’t have time to make something.

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

Side note: I have no idea WHY we have so much peanut butter! Oh wait, yes I do. It’s because all 4 of us have our own jar. I guess that’s just part of living with multiple girls (ha!). But for stuff like this, we put it all in the same place, and then have our initials on the bottom. I imagine most people don’t have THIS much JIF lol.

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

The rack for soft drinks is BY FAR my favorite part! I just can’t get enough of it! Because I don’t know about you, but I’m never motivated to tear those little plastic holders off and actually put them up. So I’m hoping this will keep me motivated and it’s also nice to actually have a place for them to go! Especially since we can’t always put them right in the fridge (not enough room!).

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

how to organize your pantry - pantry organization tips

After working with Margaret of Neat Method on my closet, she offered to help me figure out the pantry situation. And I was like umm YEAH, (#duh – we need it!). It took a few months to get everyone’s schedules aligned, but I’m so excited to finally be sharing photos of our new and improved pantry! I also thought it might be helpful to share a few tips Margaret shared with me regarding the process she went through in order to sort my pantry – in case you’re in need of overhauling yours soon!

Tips & Tricks for Organizing Your Pantry

There are so many great benefits to keeping your pantry organized. First off, it is a whole lot easier being able to clearly see what you have stored in there. There have been so many times when I’ve walked into my pantry and not known where a particular sauce or canned good was hiding. It can be extremely overwhelming when your items aren’t organized by type or when you don’t realize you are all out of an item.

Which leads me to point number two. Having an organized pantry can actually help you efficiently grocery shop – who knew?! Once all of your food is organized, you will be able to clearly see what items you have in stock and what you don’t. It will make writing your grocery list a lot easier and keep you from overbuying the same item that you might already have excess of (hello 7 bottles of olive oil). That way you won’t be stressing about going to the grocery store and you will be saving money.

  • Take Everything Out – If you’re going to commit to really organizing your pantry, then let’s do it right. Start by pulling everything out of the current space and categorizing the items into themed categories.
  • Categorize – Each pantry might have different categories based on the items you keep in stock and dietary preferences, but here are some basic, broad categories to get started with: grains, baking, sweet snacks, salty snacks, breakfast, canned goods, cereal, spices, condiments, fruit & nuts, oils & vinegars, coffee & tea, plastic wear.
  • Purge & Simplify – While you are categorizing make sure to PURGE any expired items (especially spices and mixes) – use the organization as a way to start fresh in your space!
  • Consider Placement – After you categorize, consider the categories you want easily accessible (daily use) and the categories that you access on a more sporadic basis (baking, plastic-ware, etc). Plan to place all your daily items on the shelves you instinctively gravitate towards (typically eye-level and down a little). Lastly, place not as accessible items on the highest shelves.
  • Use Organizers – Make a list of items you need including baskets, risers, bins, airtight containers, etc. We have used multi-purpose items that are durable and functional but also stylish (obvi). Hyacinth baskets are great for items you don’t need to view, but you want to make sure to label them clearly so things don’t get mixed up again. Tosca baskets are perfect for snack items that rotate in and out since you can easily see the contents.
  • Label Everything– Labeling is super important especially in pantries where many people can be popping in and out throughout the day to grab snacks, prepare a meal, or put up groceries. Labeling helps keep a high traffic space like the pantry organized and efficient. Plus, it’s just fun and cute, right?

SO glad that’s done! My closet is still my favorite, but this is a pretttttty close second. I hope the tips help. If you have any questions or have ideas that I’m missing, don’t be shy in the comments. And who wants to come over for some PB and J sandwiches? LOL.

Products we used all from Container Store: Hyacinth Cubes //  Yamazaki Tosca Baskets // Anchor Slant Jar // Gravity Can Feeder // Fridge Wine Holders // Expanding Can Shelf // OXO Pop Canisters // Anchor Hooking Glass Canisters // OXO Good Grips Lazy Susans

Outfit Details: Easy split back tee ($29) // Mother Denim (old) // Greats Sneakers (run TTS)

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    Krystal Duncan
    January 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Where did you find the labels? LOVE this!!!

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    August 25, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    This pantry is goals! Do you mind sharing where those white containers with the wooden tops from?

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    August 19, 2017 at 6:25 am

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    Elise Welch
    August 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    This looks so good! Dream pantry for sure!

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    August 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I love this post so much! Can you link the glass jars with the pasta in it, pleeeease? And are the cereal boxes and the flower/sugar box is the same as the ones you have already linked? Thank you so much! This is all my goals!

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    August 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Where are those cute black chalk tags and stickers on the baskets/canisters from? I NEED!

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    Mary Norton
    August 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    This is one of my absolute favorite things ever! Thank you for this! Also I’m going to need you to come and help me with mine haha

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    Melissa Klusek
    August 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Oh. My. Goshhhhhhhh. I can’t even. I’m SO excited about this! Like this is literally my goals. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Your home posts have been some of my absolute favorite! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Erika Musgrove
    August 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Oh. My. Goshhh. Ahhhhh, Brighton I’m in love with your pantry 😂♥️ Is that weird? Oh well 🤷🏼‍♀️ But seriously, as a new mom this came at the BEST possible time because I need to get my ducks in row so that I’m not getting lost in my pantry trying to find stuff I hid from myself 🙄

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    Ellen Cooley
    August 17, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    This is amazing! As someone in the organization industry this makes my heart sing. Neat Method results are always top notch! Thanks for sharing this inspo. :)

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    August 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I just looked at my pantry and decided I’m organizing it tomorrow. I love your tips! Thanks for the motivation!!

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    August 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Absolutely love this! You’ve motivated me to organize mine

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    August 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Ok ok. You have motivated me 🙄

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    August 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    awesome love it great tips

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    August 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    This is amazing! I need to get that pop can rack!

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    August 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Brighton, this is one of the best posts you’ve ever done! I LOVE it! I love the canned drink rack too! Up next, fridge organization, please!!! :)

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      Brighton Keller
      August 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      aww thanks so much TAylor! We’re been working on it for a long time! I actually did it because of a reader request and I’m so glad that people are liking it! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Taylor! Hope you have a great Friday + Weekend!

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    August 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Your pantry is goals!! I love how everything has its’ own containers!
    x. kritsida

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    August 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Now, that’s one super organised and great looking pantry!

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    August 17, 2017 at 11:31 am

    My Type A personality just died and went to heaven. I have chills. This is the most gorgeously organized pantry I’ve ever seen and I literally want to come live with you just because of this pantry.

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      Brighton Keller
      August 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      BAHAHAHA!!! The chills huh?! Well I feel like a new woman! Really though – N E W! I’m obsessed and SO SO SO hope that we can keep it this organized and neat for as long as possible!

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    Morgan Smith
    August 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

    That’s an awesome pantry – I love the other little nook it has. Unique! I love having an organized pantry and do a lot of the same things you did. But I do see a few containers I’m going to have to find!

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    August 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Where are the white baskets with brown lids from in the background?

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    August 17, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Looks amazing! I can’t wait until I have a walk in pantry instead of long dark cabinets I can’t see into. I love how beautiful it looks. Great job!

    Leslie / @hautemommie /

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    Madison Magill
    August 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This makes my little OCD heart so happy! I will definitely be copying some of these tricks!

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    August 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Oh my word! That pantry is what dreams are made of! I’m definitely using these tips and tricks to get mine in order!

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      Brighton Keller
      August 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      let me know how it goes!! haah! Best of luck! It took us around 2 days so just a heads up!! BUT IT’S SO WORTH IT!

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    August 17, 2017 at 8:18 am

    this is amazing, i LOVE organizing and can’t wait to have a huge pantry to do this to! The Container Store is my happy place :)

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    August 17, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I may sound a little crazy saying this but….I am OBSESSED with how neat it looks!! I also love the overall interior design of it. Wish it was mine!

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      Brighton Keller
      August 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      haha no not at all – I feel the say way!!

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    August 17, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Wow. LOVED this!!!

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    August 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Your pantry is a dream!! You did an incredible job organizing it!

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      August 17, 2017 at 7:53 am

      I totally agree with you, her pantry really is such a dream!

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    August 17, 2017 at 6:23 am

    looks awesome!

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    Michael @ Mile in My Glasses
    August 17, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Omg your pantry looks absolutely gorgeous! I love how you’ve displayed your cans, it’s ingenious!

    Thanks for the awesome inspo! I’m definitely saving this!
    I hope you have a great Thursday,

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    August 17, 2017 at 5:39 am

    That’s a dream pantry right there.

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    August 17, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Your pantry is really well organised! Wow!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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