Step Up Your Pantry Game with These 5 Tips

A step-by-step guide to giving your pantry the makeover it deserves

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Whether your pantry is a large walk-in, a small side closet or a simple cabinet shelf, keeping it organized makes life easier.

Our first home had a tiny pantry, so I made do with a basket and always kept the door shut. When we built our current home, a light, airy, inviting pantry was one of my must-haves.

While not all of us get to design our own pantry, we can update and organize what we have. So below are my top tips for making your pantry both appealing and functionable.

1. Purge and empty.

First things first, get rid of those outdated items that you know are piled in the back (even the ones you never opened). We all have them: the onions that have resprouted, the kitchen appliances we received as wedding gifts and never used. Purge the pantry by creating three piles: what to keep, what to donate and what to trash.

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2. Clean.

If your pantry could use a fresh coat of paint, take time to do that while everything is out. Add shelving, wallpaper or shiplap. Wipe down the cabinets inside and out. Clean until it’s spotless.

3. Consider shelf paper or liners.

I found this shelf paper on Amazon and loved the floral pattern. It acts as contact paper and sticks to the surface, keeping your shelf clean and adding a splash of charm.

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4. Buy storage containers.

I use labeled baskets to separate my large-quantity items into four categories: baking, starches, snacks and chips. I also use lidded glass containers to hold sugar and flour. (Clear containers make it easy to see what you have!) I also replace cereal boxes with these cereal dispensers, which my kids love.

Now I get to tell my kids, “Go grab something from the snack basket,” or, after a grocery haul, “Put this away in the chip basket.” Even they know what goes where, and everything has a home. While your organization method may not look just like mine, the important thing is that you buy storage containers based on what you need and use the most.

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5. Restock

Now for the fun part: put everything back. You will feel ecstatic once you see your sparkling, new pantry tidy and put together. And when it comes time to put away groceries after the next haul, your life will be infinitely easier.

Fun tip: If you have a larger pantry or just want to add a little pizazz to yours, consider replacing the light with a fun, decorative fixture like ours. It adds just enough elegance to make your pantry look less like an afterthought and more like a loved, cared-for space. 

I hope you enjoyed these five simple tips to stepping up your pantry game. And I hope you now know that any pantry, with time and a little love, can become a welcoming space.

Photo Credit: Grace Rowe Clearly Photography


Rachel is a Nashvillian stay at home mom turned momtrepreneur. Most days you can find her in a messy bun and yoga pants wrangling two boys while running a real estate business, homeschooling, DIYing, and keeping up with my passions. She is most passionate in life about her faith, her three men, writing, and serving silently behind the scenes. She’s an introvert gone socialmediavert and when she’s not busy you can find her... well never not busy. Check her out on instagram at @crateandcottage or on her site at www.crateandcottage.com