The kitchen is the hub of our home, and having my pantry organization on track makes everything easier. Meals, snacks and packing lunches all comes easier with a tidy pantry.
A quick and affordable pantry refresh
Having my pantry organization in check makes my life feel more put together. Knowing what I have on hand, what I need to shop for, and what snacks we’re running low on helps keep everything more organized. I love using organizational bins in the pantry, and I’m sharing my favorite ones from the Home Edit at Walmart today and how we used them to make our pantry more functional.
Why an organized pantry is important to me
I don’t have (or need) that perfect Pinterest pantry with all the brand names and labels hidden and, or everything matching exactly. But actually having a place for things, similar items grouped together, and an efficient use of the space makes a huge difference.
We have plenty of shelf storage, but a few organizational bins, baskets, and other organizational items took our pantry up a few notches and makes it a lot more functional (and pretty).
The Home Edit just launched a line with Walmart and they have several stackable bins that were perfect for re-organizing our pantry. They’re are clear and super streamlined, and very affordable!
Here are the organizational bins I bought for our pantry refresh
- 3-tier riser for our canned goods
- 5 piece plastic modular system
- Air tight food storage containers – BIG and SMALL
- Air tight cereal containers
- Locker baskets
- Mesh baskets
- Water Hyacinth baskets
Here are a few things that helped us re-organize our pantry:
- Take everything out and start fresh. We spent a whole afternoon taking things out shelf by shelf, re-organizing them, and putting them back. It’s so much better than trying to organize while everything is in the pantry.
- Take inventory. I use a pantry food storage app (“Home Food Storage” in the app store) and it lets you scan all your items in and alerts you when something is expiring or running low. You have to scan everything in and out, which takes some time, but it makes such a difference in the long run! You can also use it for toiletries and other things around your house, and mark where in the house those items are stored.
- Group things by category. All the pasta together. All the cereal together. All the canned goods together. It makes it so much easier to find things once you start using your pantry!
- Make a kid friendly shelf. I resisted this for years, and definitely when kids are younger you don’t want them to have unlimited access to fruit snacks. But having their stuff on a higher shelf made it constantly messy cause they were climbing up or reaching. Now that it’s on the bottom shelf, they can reach everything and help keep it organized.
- Use clear containers so things don’t get hidden or lost. I love baskets, and I have a few in the pantry, but baskets hide things and I forget where they are or forget what I have. The clear containers make it so much easier to see and find things.
- Use a stacking system for your canned goods. I can’t believe it took me 15 years of marriage to finally get risers for my canned goods.Whoa, what a revelation. They make everything easy to see and take in and out. We’ve been stacking them on top of each other for years and I never knew what I had or where something was.
- Label your containers! Next on my list is a label maker so I can label all these clear containers!
Hop over to Instagram this morning and you can see what the pantry looked like before!
this post was sponsored by Walmart
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