Open pantry shelving organization is fun to do because it makes the kitchen a pleasure to be in. I work better when the space is beautiful to look at and practical to use.
What does your shelving look like? Do you have open shelving?
Does it serve your lifestyle and eating choices?
how to get started
First things first.
Unpacked everything. When I did that I became aware of what I had and where it needed to go.
There are two areas that need organizing. There is wire shelving that is tucked behind the kitchen door this is where most pantry things live. The open wooden shelving on the other side is where the glass mason and other jars live for easy access.
Identify your spaces. Is it clear where you want everything to go?
what needs to be accessible
Maybe think it through. What are you wanting to achieve in your kitchen? Are you wanting to start a new way of eating? Do you know how accessible you want it to be to achieve success?
Or maybe you just can never reach some ingredients and you keep on restocking your shelves and then later find numerous expired packages of the same thing?!
1. Know what you want on the shelf and in your kitchen
getting rid of unnecessary pantry items
Sometimes guests and visitors leave food items behind that we will never use. I try not to throw away any food because I hate to waste it. I try to package it up and pass it onto someone who will actually use it. Before doing this I will try to be creative and use everything up.
2. Repurpose food items to avoid waste
organizing the open pantry shelf
I love this. We all have to spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen and so I think that it is worthwhile to make it look beautiful. I’m a super practical person and I also cannot handle clutter so I do not have more on my shelves than what we can use.
I’ve also had closed cupboards and this can be done there too. Adapt the thought process of this change to your unique situation.
3. Beautiful and functional
family in the kitchen
There are only two of us living at home now, my husband and I but our two grown-up kids often pop by. They tell me often that I keep rearranging the cupboards!
Well, maybe I do! Guilty as charged.
But, in my defense – I am constantly trying to find a way to make our thoroughfare kitchen beautiful and functional.
I also know that if I want to find things again after the family has been here then I do need logic for where everything goes so they can put it away easily and I can find it again when they are gone. Open pantry shelving organization is here to stay and now the family can find everything.
4. Practical and logical
I do not do this often and so I am surprised when I find things on the open pantry shelf that I had great plans for. One of the items that I have is an abundance of ziplock bags. I wanted to use them to make freezer and then slow cooker dump and go meals. This way of cooking is great for us because we are often out for long periods in the day. It’s super coming in tired and hungry and a warm home-cooked meal is there ready to go.
This is then going onto my to-do list. I will now try to work through those ziplock bags and get some yummy recipes in the freezer.
5. Get it done
is it working
We love to eat crackers and we buy them regularly. I also make some of my own out of the sourdough discards. But mostly I have a regular supply of corn and rice crackers. The thing that I hate is that when you open the packet, the ones that you have not eaten lose their crispness. Nothing worse than that. The clipped-up packaging that I have is just not pretty so I am experimenting with the glass jars that I do have. This means that I’ve had to swap out ingredients to fit into which glass jar works best for it.
to label or not
I do label my herbs and spices and blends. But I do not label the beautiful see-through mason glass jars. I find it too fiddly for me. The contents are plain for all to see. Similar looking things I simply write on the bottom of the container. If I have to switch out the contents, I find that the writing comes off easily.
quick changes with longterm benefits
The open pantry shelving organization can be done quickly in one morning. It will then make cooking and being in the kitchen a pleasure. It depends on your style and way of working how you would organize it, but I like to keep it simple and uncluttered.
The holiday season is over for us now and I know that a busier season will be on us in a week or two so this is a super time to get this done.
8. quick changes
Is this even an issue for you? How do you organize your kitchen? What are your best practices? I’d love to be the type of person who maintains this simple system so that cooking in our home becomes more fun.
9. staples are delicious
Often when we get to the end of the month and the budget has run out, then going to my open pantry shelves is where I go to feed our family. This is the place where creativity can start and develop some beautiful meals for us all. Visitors are always welcome at our table.
10. easy to find
I love looking and walking into my kitchen now because I can find everything. The staples are all there and whether they are part of the routine now or we are taking a break from them, I now know where to find them all.
I also know what is missing and what needs to be used up.
Let the cooking begin.
Let me know in the comments what are your staple pantry meals.
simple list to arrange your pantry today
- know what you want on the shelf and in your kitchen
- repurpose food items to avoid waste
- let it be both beautiful and functional
- plan for it to be practical and logical
- okay, get it done today!
- rearrange if necessary
- label to suit your system
- get the changes done quickly
- staples are delicious
- easy to find