An organized pantry is the first step towards an organized and well-functioning kitchen. Madison from Joyfully Mad is sharing her tips for organizing your pantry without going crazy.


The Before!

Organize your pantry with DIY pantry labels and kitchen and pantry organization tips! Downloadable Silhouette die cutting file included in post!

Before I sit down to work at my desk, I have to tidy up my work space. It drives me crazy to have things out of place when I am ready to sit down and tackle a to do list.

Similarly, I feel the same way about my kitchen. I am a notoriously messy cook, so I can’t have a messy kitchen before I even begin to cook or it will be a true disaster by the time we are finished.

The pantry is like the heart of the kitchen. Without it being organized, the rest of the kitchen is bound to be chaotic which can make cooking stressful, especially if it’s something you already don’t enjoy.

So if you’re determined to have an organized pantry, here are some steps you should take!

1. Move things from pantry to a counter top or table, shelf by shelf.


When you’re organizing the pantry, it’s easiest to take everything off of a shelf and move it to the counter. This will help you truly see all of the items you have!

2. Sort items by category.


I personally like to organize my pantry in sections. I like for snacks, spices, grains/pastas to all be in the same place, respectively. It helps to sort these items in groups when you have them out of the pantry so that you can put them away together as well.

3. Sort through dry goods and toss anything that is expired or stale.


This is something we don’t always tend to do on a day to day basis. Old food gets shoved in the back of the pantry and forgotten until we make it a point to go through it.

4. Put frequently used items into glass or clear plastic containers.


Boxes, bags and even non-clear storage bins can make a pantry feel really cluttered. It also makes it difficult to see what you have in your pantry which can result in overbuying things you may already have!

5. Use a die cutting machine to make vinyl labels for clear storage containers.


While you can see the contents of these clear bins, they are just SO much prettier with these DIY labels. I’m a big believer that things should be both functional and attractive¬†because we are so much more likely to follow through with a system if it’s both functional and visually appealing!
silhouette-pantry-labels-diy-free-printableYou can either purchase vinyl labels from a craft store or make your own using a die cutting machine, like a Silhouette Portrait which is what I used for this. You can download the file I used below for free!

Download these FREE Silhouette label files to make your own labels!


6. Use baskets to store loose items like coffee pods, tea bags or cereal bars.


Using baskets breaks up the monotony of boxes, bins, etc., in your pantry and is a great way to efficiently store smaller items

8. Use a lazy Susan to be able to utilize corners in pantries or to store smaller items


This allows for quick access to certain items that may be in a back corner of a pantry or simply boxed items like baking soda, cocoa powder, corn start, etc., as shown here. Using a few lazy Susans in our pantry has made it so much more efficient for us and easy to find items!

Bonus tip! Keep a list of frequently used items that are in stock or out of stock in your pantry.

These quick tips will help you to keep your pantry organized. Plus with these DIY Kitchen Pantry Labels, your space will be functional and pretty, too! Don’t forget to grab the file to use with a Silhouette machine here.

How do you keep your kitchen and pantry organized?

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Madison Wetherill

Arizona based food blogger passionate about hospitality and community around the table. Madison shares easy recipes to inspire others to get in the kitchen and learn that cooking can be a fun part of every day life.

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