If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the pantry is the soul! No matter how large or small your pantry is, be it a single cabinet, a shelving unit, or a walk-in space, it is essential to your daily cooking routine.

Unfortunately, that means a messy pantry can make meal prep or even snack time far more stressful than it has to be. Luckily, with a free afternoon and a few simple steps, you can make your pantry functional once more.

Check out these seven tips on how to organise your pantry to maximise your storage space and minimise stress in the kitchen!

1. Remove Everything From Your Pantry

The first step in learning how to organise your pantry is to remove everything! We know – it seems counterintuitive, but taking everything out will help you better understand what you have and give you a clean slate for a welcoming and organised space.

As you clear out your pantry:

  • Weed out expired items
  • Donate or throw away anything in-date that your family won’t eat
  • Donate or sell any unwanted or unused cooking or serving pieces

We suggest doing your clear out right after a big shopping trip so your pantry is as full as it gets! That way you can plan and prepare for your pantry in its most crowded state and prevent it from looking overstuffed later on down the road.

2. Deep Clean Your Pantry

Now that everything is out of your pantry, it’s time to give it a deep clean. Cleaning pantry shelves and drawers, sweeping or vacuuming, and making everything look like new will set you up for organisational success! A clean and organised pantry will bring you joy and inspire you and your family to keep it neat and tidy.


3. See What Foods You Have

The next step in learning how to organise your pantry is to take inventory of everything you have. Group similar items like canned goods, pasta, and snacks together. Counter space and your kitchen or dining room table can be very helpful during this step!

Here are some common groupings you might have:

  • Canned goods
  • Dry goods like pasta and beans
  • Baking supplies
  • Snacks
  • Produce
  • Baking dishes
  • Cookware
  • Occasion pieces and holiday items

By grouping similar items together, you’ll be able to better visualise how much space each category needs. You can also identify any bulky packaging you want to swap for clear pantry containers as you begin to plan your new pantry organisation system.

4. Organise Your Pantry by Zones

Now that you know what you have, and have prepared a beautiful space to store it in, it’s time to create a plan for organising your pantry. We like using zones to minimise the amount of time spent looking for items in your pantry while maximising storage space.

Here are some of our top tips for how to organise your pantry:

  • Stack like items (like cans) 
  • Store rarely-used items on the highest shelves
  • Store kids’ snacks at their eye level for easy access
  • Use storage bins to group small items and ingredients that are often used together (like sprinkles, chocolate chips, and baking bits)
  • Keep daily-use items front and centre


Don’t be afraid to draw things out on a piece of scrap paper to make sure there is room for everything you need. Planning now will make the rest of the organisation process easy and fun!

5. Restock Your Pantry

Finally, the fun part: restocking your pantry!

Use the plan you created to put everything back neatly on your shelves. We recommend trading any bulky packaging for clear pantry containers and jars so it’s easy to see everything that you have in your pantry. Neatly-stacked containers can also motivate you (and your family) to put things back exactly where they belong.

Start with items you use least so they end up toward the back of your shelves and drawers, and end with your everyday ingredients so they are up front and centre. This process will take time and adjustment to get everything to fit the way you want it to, so keep playing with your plan until you like what you see!


6. Label Everything

Now that everything has a place, it’s time to label everything (and we mean everything)! You can use a simple label maker, permanent or dry erase markers, or our custom made kitchen pantry labels.

With everything labeled and easily visible, creating your weekly shopping list will be a breeze. Never again will you be caught searching for an ingredient while your meal burns on the stove!


7. Tidy Your Pantry Often!

Our final tip for learning how to organise your pantry is to create a plan to keep it neat! After all the effort you’ve put in to get your space looking great, you don’t want to return a month later to find your pantry a disaster zone.