How can I easily organize a pantry?

  8 answers
  • See if these help!

    My mom's house has a beautiful pantry built for her by my dad. I use a common sense approach and have things in sections. Since she was short, we arranged everything to her height and placed non breakable, lesser used items up high as we live in earthquake country.

  • Amanda Amanda on Dec 28, 2018

    Hi Stephanie. I use baskets. I sort all of the veggies, soups, and broths on the shelves. Then I use the basket for paper towels, snacks, chips, potatoes, and cereal.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Dec 29, 2018

    I use lots of wire baskets, a few wire 1/2 shelves, some short boxes, and a few glass jars. That’s the hardware. But the software is in my head. I am short, and my little granddaughters are shorter than I. I have all breakfast foods on one shelf—from pancake mix and syrup, baking mix, cold and hot cereals, with a little stretch to get these products. At perfect eye height for me, I have all sorts of vegetables, fruits, soups—all cans, sorted by beans, green veggies, etc. So my philosophy is, store it for use, not out of sight. Best wishes 😊

  • Elise Elise on Dec 29, 2018

    Most used items @ eye level or lower, light weight things on top, covered items / cans lower in case you have pets or children.

  • Oliva Oliva on Dec 31, 2018

    HI, Stephanie,

    That which is is best for your household's occupants will work best for you. If younger children have access, place pantry items within their reach, carefully locating (or avoiding access to) glass containers or heavier cans. Insure they don't need to move items around to access what they'll want, given that they won't always have the hand size, strength, dexterity or patience to safely move items in the path of their desired object.

    Older adults have more height, longer reach, etc. to access items on upper shelves, but it makes life easier to place similar items together, with all labels facing forward.

    Cans should be placed no higher than mid point, to avoid being knocked over or damaging floors/people.

    Placing drinks on lower shelves makes for easier access/replacement.

    Very heavy kitchen equipment could be placed on lower/lowest shelf, if needed.

    Be careful about placing any item in a pantry that could cause injury to a child,

    should they become curious.

    Dependent upon the size of your pantry, extra paper goods, light weight cooking equipment can be stored on highest shelves.

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Feb 17, 2019

    Purge your pantry of items you haven't used in years first. Then go from there with the suggestions above.