Friends, today it’s all about how to organize your pantry with labels. If I have ever given you the misconception that I have it all together, today is the day that clear that up for you. I am not known to be the most organized person in the world, but now with two children, I have been craving a more organized home and life lately. Anyone else? I’ve been working my way around the house trying to clean up the clutter. I started in the kitchen and got all the lesser-used appliances off the countertops by building my window seat with storage. Next up with the pantry. Guys… this was no joke but having an organized pantry was a must! You’ll see why…
I was almost [almost] too embarrassed to share the before photo of my disaster of a pantry but then I remembered that we’re all friends here. Also, you can’t really appreciate my fully organized pantry without seeing the horrendous before picture.
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There. In all of its glory. When it comes to size, this pantry is small. It’s basically a few shelves behind a door. My previous was to basically put stuff anywhere where there was room. I used the bins to store even smaller things so baking items, snacks, etc. Really, it was a mess, a total freakin’ mess.
My strategy to clean it up was this:
1. Take everything out of the pantry.
2. Measure your space. To maximize the space I measured the width, height, and depth of each shelf to see how many containers I could fit on each shelf.
3. Group like items to see how many bins/containers you’ll need. I grouped things like this: snacks, pastas, canned goods, soups & stocks, peanut butter (we have lots of different kinds), baking items, sauces & cooking liquids, and misc.
4. Determined what type and how many containers you need. These wood bins for Target were perfect for my pantry. I was able to fit two across on the shelf. I like that they are large enough to corral all of the items. I also used these seagrass baskets at the bottom of the pantry to hold things like potatoes and paper goods.
5. Utilize canisters. You can see in my before photo that I wasn’t using many canisters. I had a few glass ones from IKEA that broke in the move and just never replaced them…until now. After a ton of research, I ordered these canisters from The Container Store. They were fairly inexpensive compared to others I had seen and they were perfect for stacking so I could utilize the entire space. I made a list of every item I wanted to place in canisters then bought each canister a bit larger than the packaging the item would come in. So for an 8 oz bag of chocolate chips, I bought the 16 oz canister. I was glad that I did because these canisters were smaller than I thought they would be and I ended up returning a few.
For larger items, like flour I used these IKEA food storage containers. They are the perfect size for a 5 lb bag of flour.
6. Label everything. I created these labels and then printed them on 2 inch round labels then went to town labeling the canisters and bins.
I’m proud to say that after a month my pantry still looks like this. My family put items back because we all know exactly where each item goes, instead of just tossing it where ever there’s space.
Ready to tackle pantry organization? Below you can download my printable labels. You can use the printable stickers to organize your pantry from top to bottom because I’ve included blank labels as well!
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Quite a few have expressed interest in having blank labels so I created these for your convenience as well!
Printing guide: To print these labels, use the Avery Item #22830 Glossy White 2 1/2 in Round Labels. This template worked perfectly for me. Just be sure that you label paper is in your printer feed snuggly.