Since moving I have been trying to get my home together. Outside of the decorating part I also needed to put some organizational systems in place. In particular, the areas that my kids utilize within common areas. Hence the need for this pantry organization. I’ve not watched Marie Kondo’s, Tidying Up, on but I imagine she would be proud.
Let’s talk Pantry Organization
In my old home, I had a very traditional pantry style closet with shelves. In my new home, we don’t have a pantry per see we have additional cabinet space [Two tall cabinets on the left.] that is to be utilized as a pantry. I have a teenager and a 7-year-old, and no matter how much I fuss and how much they know better they don’t always do better. They open the cabinets, take stuff and rarely actually put it back in its rightful space. So I decided to help them help themselves.
While strolling my local Ikea I fell in love with their VARIERA box, they come in two sizes. The [left] bigger version is $4.50 and is 13 1/4 x 9 1/2 ” the smaller [right] is $2.79 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 “. I immediately grabbed five of them to get the “pantry” in order. Once I got started there was no turning back. Because I made this purchase on a whim I didn’t have a plan for what would go in the containers or what size I would need. I decided to start with what I had and go from there.
When you open up the bottom half of the pantry this is what you see. This alone brings me joy, it is neat, it is organized and I don’t have a ton boxes in a variety of sizes fighting for space. My kids will have a box in here with one item left in it. WHY LORD!
Disclaimer: I don’t want to hear any lip about how unhealthy this pantry is, the healthy food doesn’t live in the pantry, get over yourself. My children take lunch to school every day. We are also approaching summer and they will pack lunch for summer camp. This new system helps streamline this process. Bonus: It easily allows me to see what we are low on and out of when I make my grocery list. I swap the snacks out so I did not label the containers. If you are more consistent then you should label them.
After emptying the contents of every single box and put them into a container. I shop at Costco a lot so I tend to buy these items in bulk. I have two containers of Pop-Tarts because the Man-Child likes one kind, and LittleCuteLips likes another. What you can’t see from this picture is that I write letters on the Pop-Tart package so the kids know which is which.
Dumping the Capri Suns into a container makes it easier for LittleCuteLips to keep them stocked in the refrigerator. When I come home from grocery shopping this set up makes it easier for the kids to put the food away. They don’t have to ask questions or upset my OCD. They simply put them in their respective container.
Some times fit perfectly into the smaller container if I have an abundance of them I put them inside two small containers. I place them on the shelf in a row to keep things nice and tidy.
Some items take up the entire container and others don’t. So I combine them to maximize my space. Some items I purchase on a regular basis and others are a one time purchase.
Play around with the fit of things and see what works best for you. There are a million and one ways of organizing your pantry. This is just what I picked.