The ABCs of an Organized Pantry


What could be worse than cooking and not being able to find the ingredient you’re looking for? It’s not always simple to organize your kitchen efficiently, and even less so, your pantry. Organization is an art, so much so, that some people even dedicate a career to it! Luckily, there are some great tips you can follow, without needing to call in the help of a professional. We’ve gathered some inspiration to help you get the most out of your pantry organization!

1. Choosing the location of your pantry


Some of us are fortunate to have a big kitchen that already has a large pantry. Others may have a smaller space, and therefore less room to work with. If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, be sure to take into consideration where the ideal space is for your pantry. Even if you don’t have a big footprint, there are ways to make the most of your small space, like putting a pantry under stairs. You may find yourself with many eating areas: a kitchen table, an island with seating, and a breakfast nook. This may not be ideal for storage and organization, so consider building a large pantry where the breakfast nook is, for example. If you’re undertaking a complete home renovation, there may be space in adjacent rooms that can be integrated into your new kitchen. If storage and organization are important to you, as they are to many, it’s important to prioritize a functional and spacious pantry when renovating your kitchen.

2. Planning the contents of your pantry

Pantry Ideas

A pantry is not necessarily just for dry ingredients and canned goods. A pantry can be used to store small appliances, special occasion dishes, plastic dishware and even cookbooks. You can also add a small coffee corner, a bar area with a wine fridge or even a smoothie bar to yours. Planning out what you want to store in your pantry is key to keeping it organized and functional. If you want to install your microwave in there, for example, you must have an outlet and electrical wiring installed. 

3. Organizing your pantry with built-in shelving

Pantry with Built-Ins

The best way to get magazine-worthy storage is to start with a well-planned base. Big box stores like IKEA offer options that can be used in various types of spaces. For an even more personalized option, consider custom-made shelving. You will be able to select the specific layout needed for your kitchen and lifestyle. Beyond simple shelves, you can add cupboards, drawers, countertops and even hooks. A pantry can easily become a miniature kitchen, with its own unique functionality.

4. Choosing the best storage containers

Pantry Storage

The key to organizing your pantry is easy access and quick understanding of what you see. For dry ingredients, choose transparent, airtight containers, which make for quick identification of its contents.  With bulk purchasing as an eco-friendly trend, reusable containers can double as transport and storage.

For shelf-stable vegetables, like onions and potatoes, opt for perforated bins. Labeling these containers can be a easy way to help identify the contents quickly. There are all kinds of options, like black chalk board labels and acetate (transparent paper), or even consider buying markers that can write directly on the glass. Furthermore, organize sections according to your lifestyle. The pantry of a pastry chef will not be organized like that of a busy family! The most used ingredients should be placed within reach.

Here are some great containers and labels to consider when organizing your pantry:

  • Onion & Garlic Smart Container, Tupperware, $35.00
  • Onions Storage Tin, amazon, $29.89
  • Modular Mates® Get It All Set, Tupperware, $381.00
  • Metal Stacking/Nesting Rectangular Basket with Acacia Lid, amazon, $59.02
  • Fido Jars with Clamp Lids, Crate&Barrel, $5.95-$9.95
  • Airtight Glass Canister Set of 3 Clear Glass Storage Jars with Bamboo Lids, amazon, $26.99
  • Set of 90 Chalkboard Vinyl Labels, amazon, $9.99
  • White Chalk Markers, amazon, $12.95

5. Originality in your pantry

Pantry Style

Just because it’s hidden, doesn’t mean your pantry doesn’t deserve to be decorated! You can add bold wallpaper or a ceramic backsplash behind the shelves, add a sign or play with contrast and chose a complimentary colour to your kitchen. You can also choose patterned ceramic flooring. If your pantry has high ceilings, you can even install a small gliding ladder to help you reach the higher shelves, as well as give a vintage bookstore style.

Another bold style choice is separating your pantry from the rest of your kitchen with a glass wall. Glass walls with a black metal or fluted glass frames are particularly trendy in today’s kitchens. Additionally, A sliding door rather than a hinged door can be a stylish choice as well as a space-saving one. Keep in mind that your pantry should coordinate with the rest of your kitchen for a harmonious style. For example, if your kitchen is a farmhouse style, you can select containers and labels that will match. It’s all in the details!

6. The final touch: lighting

Pantry Lighting

Any respectable room has adequate architectural lighting. It’s even more essential in closed places like pantries. Nowadays, there are a variety of options on the market. You can opt for LED lighting under the shelves for optimal visibility, recessed lights in the ceiling, or even a statement light fixture to add some personality. 

Now that we have dissected the rules of a pantry worthy of the queens of the organization, all that remains is to get cooking!

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