How To Organize Your Pantry (A Cute and Definitive Guide To Finally Getting It Done)

I have been seeing the cutest pictures on Pinterest for organized pantries for years now. It’s always been a goal of mine to get my pantry to look just like that (with my personal touch of course). But every time I opened up my those pantry doors, I felt overwhelmed! There was just so much clutter, so much mess. Where would I start? But being in quarantine as we are, I ran out of things to do. I had pretty much organized everything else so I thought now is the time. Now is the time to (finally) get it done. So I did and it ended up not being as complicated as I thought. I wanted to share with you guys how you can do the same and with no stress at all. It’s simple really.

First, I got some containers. The ones I got from the top row were from Walmart. I bought them months ago but they always have them there so they should be in stock when you check. (I’ll try to link them below for you all.) I just bought a couple, maybe about 7. We also had some large and small mason jars around the house so I used those up too. I filled those up first and as I ran out, I would jot down on paper the foods that were left to be contained. Then I would buy a few more containers. I found the small glass ones at Target for only $6. And then for the bottom row, I ordered those on Amazon for $40 all together.

You’ll want to have the labels with you from the very start so you can label as you go. You wouldn’t want to mix up the baking powder and baking soda as you’re putting them in jars. I ordered my labels from Amazon (again). They have such a wide variety and in so many styles. They even had one that was called Farmhouse which I know a lot of people are liking. I chose the script ones because they felt more girly and just more of my style. For the whole set, I paid $14. I’ll try to link those below too.

When you’re putting your food in their containers, you’ll want to make sure you’re matching them up with a size that’s going to work for you. For example, when picking a jar for the chocolate chips, I made sure to use a smaller one. That’s what works for us because we never need to have a bulk supply of them in our house. But when it came to something like flour, I did use a large jar because I like to do a lot of baking so I want to have a good supply on hand. So just think of what will work for you and your needs. Maybe your family makes a lot of things that require chocolate chips. In that case, you may want to go with a larger jar for them since you’ll need more on hand. It’s all about what works best for you.

Next, we’re going to talk about decorating (one of my favorite topics!) I started off with getting the two wicker baskets with the pink pom poms. They’re actually from the nursery section in Target so they’re really supposed to be used in a baby’s room. But I thought that they were just so cute and just my style (girly and a bit bohemian) so I bought them anyway. I remember I had actually hesitated with these. I thought it would be foolish or ridiculous for me to use a baby item in my pantry. But then I thought, I really like these and who cares if someone thinks it’s weird. Now I am just so happy with the decision I made! I think they look perfect and they give just the look I was going for. So just buy things that are your style and don’t worry what people will think about it. I thought these baskets would be perfect for small snacks and bars that we could store in there, so that’ what I use them for.

Next, I used the wood like contact paper to give our shelves a bit of a makeover. We just moved into this home 6 months ago, but the shelves had some stains and were peeling in some areas. So I thought a simple way to liven them up was to use some contact paper. This one I also got from Amazon. It was $11 a roll and I ended up ordering 2 more of these. In the picture above, I have just one shelf lined but I plan on doing all of them. The contact paper ended up looking so nice in person! It looked really natural and just like a real block of wood. My husband who was skeptical about how good contact paper would look was actually really impressed with how it came out too. I will say, some of the sides rolled up a bit so I just bought some invisible tape to keep those down. I haven’t put it on yet, but I imagine that it wouldn’t really be visible.

Next are the stickers! I ordered some water bottle stickers that people will often stick on there. I’m hoping that will make them more resistant and last longer. They have so many cute ones to choose from and again in all different styles so you’re sure to find ones you like. These were from Amazon and were only $5. And again with these, I hesitated for a moment thinking it might be weird to have stickers on our containers, what would people think or say? But I had to remind myself, this is my style. I think they’re cute and it makes me happy every time I see them so I knew I just had to do it. And again, I am so glad I did! I love the way they came out and now every time I open up my pantry, I can’t help but have a huge smile on my face because it just all brings me so much joy! And that’s what it’s all about.

So there you have it, my simple guide to finally tackling your pantry and getting it organized. I’ve been married for going on 6 years now and this is the first time I’ve ever organized our pantry so that should show you how daunting I thought it was going to be. I had put it off for so many years! In reality it only took me a few days and I would just dedicate maybe about 2 hours on each of those days to work on it. It ended up being a lot of fun too and now I am so satisfied with the finished product. It brings me joy each and every time I go into our pantry and it’s just another way I’m able to make our house into a home. I hope you guys found this to be an informative read and I hope it was able to help you too. Let me know in the comments below how it works out for you. I’d love to see any pictures of your transformed pantries too. 😊

Till next time, I hope you guys have abeautiful day,

Paula 🌼

Links:

  1. Amazon Food Containers- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C79SGBC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. Wood Contact Paper https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FSBTGKL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Stickers- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083BN1KXF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  4. Target Glass Jars- https://www.target.com/p/anchor-hocking-glass-cracker-jar-2qt/-/A-47746956
  5. Tiny Mason Jars (I used for candy)- https://www.target.com/p/ball-8oz-12pk-glass-regular-mouth-mason-jar-with-lid-and-band/-/A-14898081
  6. Pom Pom Baskets- https://www.target.com/p/small-paper-rope-decorative-basket-pink-cloud-island-8482/-/A-76167827
  7. Walmart Storage Containers (these weren’t the exact ones but they were the closest I could find on their website)- https://www.walmart.com/ip/DRAGONN-10-Piece-Airtight-Food-Storage-Containers-Kitchen-Storage-Set-DN-KW-FS10/107536945

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