Thursday, January 23, 2020

how I keep up on our pantry organization



Today I am joining some friends to bring you some of our pantry organization tips. 
{pantry barn doors}

While I would like to say our pantry looks like this all the time, it does not. 

About 4 times a year I pull everything out, wipe down the shelves, clean the floor, and throw away expired foods. 

As silly as this sounds, I only use these cleaning products because they smell so good and it puts me in a better mood and head space to tackle a project when things are clean and smell clean.

That is my first step to keeping things organized here. 


My second piece of advice is to group similar items together. 

In the above photo I have used a lasagne pan to keep all the snacking foods together. 

Below, all of our coffee, tea, and plastic ware are organized in a tray.


 Making a peanut butter and honey sandwich? Everything is grouped together on
 this white cake stand {which also frees up space in my cupboards}
Shop from other drawers or cupboards in your own home to find items to place things in/on.

You can find my favorite knife set here. So pretty they can be left on the counter and they look great!


I also like to utilize any open wall space with wall baskets. 
The top basket is filled with saran wrap, foil, etc. 
The bottom one has recipes I have printed out or saved from magazines.


Just like I grouped the peanut butters and honey, on this cake stand I grouped different bottles of oils and vinegars. 


Keeping things in matching jars and lids also keeps things looking cohesive. I like to use these jars and these lids with labels made from this label maker.

I usually write the expiration date on the bottom of the jar with a sharpie. 


Same goes for bulk foods, just bigger jars.


 I love using these for cereal. They keep cereal fresh for a long time. 

Click on the links below to take you to some more great organizing tips for your pantry.
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If you regularly clean out your pantry and get rid of expired foods, etc. it is really easy to keep up on! 

xoxo, Melaine 

9 comments:

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Melaine, How great to use the cake stand and lasagne pan! And it's smart how you are storing your cereal. Wow...you clean in there four times a year!!! I cleaned ours for the first time in five years for this post, I am ashamed to say! I will buy your cleaning products for motivation for next time. Great Job. I knew it would be!
Mary Ann

After Orange County said...

Oh my, your pantry is as pretty as a picture! It's so lovely it doesn't even need doors. I love how you "decorated" it just like any other room in your house. How nice to be able to just leave the pantry doors open for all to see and enjoy your creativity. I had to laugh when I saw your basket full of recipes torn from magazines. I do the very same thing and have a drawer dedicated to them. Glad to know I'm not alone in decimating magazines.

After Orange County said...

Oh my, your pantry is as pretty as a picture! It's so lovely it doesn't even need doors. I love how you "decorated" it just like any other room in your house. How nice to be able to just leave the pantry doors open for all to see and enjoy your creativity. I had to laugh when I saw your basket full of recipes torn from magazines. I do the very same thing and have a drawer dedicated to them. Glad to know I'm not alone in decimating magazines.

cindy hattersley design said...

Hi Melanie
I love the dark charcoal background of your pantry with the white shelves. I tried to interest my husband in doing the same to ours but had no luck! I am sure it would not have been as charming as yours however. Thank you so much for joining us again. We always enjoy having you.

La Contessa said...

PRETTY AND TIDY!
WOW FOUR TIMES A YEAR THATS EVERY THREE MONTHS!GOOD FOR YOU!

sheri1217 said...

I adore your pantry (if that's a thing!). The colors, all the little details, it's truly something different! You clearly have an eye for making even a pedestrian spot like a pantry look well thought out - kudos! :)

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Melanie, I love how you used things you own to make your pantry closet so cute and stylish. Great idea with the pedestal plates and I love your baskets for recipes too. Everything looks darling. Fun doing this with you and getting to read more of your posts! Looking forward to following you! xx

annie said...

Melaine! Everything looks so beautiful and of course I love your black and white theme and how you group everything! I think I would leave the door open!

Ashley said...

I just adore your style and everything you do. This is no exception. Thank you for sharing!

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