4 Simple Steps to Organizing Your Pantry — And Keeping It That Way

Imagine never having to dig for the paprika again. Amazing! With Jen Jones's ingenious setup, everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

By Jen Jones, Redbook

We've all been there: You're scrolling through Pinterest and stumble across a pantry so uber-organized and color- coordinated it makes you LOL. Laugh no more: You can create an efficient layout that works in real life, even with hangry kids and a grazing husband. It's all about grouping like items and keeping everything accessible. I've put this plan to the test (did I mention I have three sons?), and it's a keeper.


Stash basics above.

Stock household supplies such as paper goods at the tippy top, along with tempting junk food (out of sight, out of mind, right?). One shelf down, decant pantry staples like beans, rice, and pasta into clear, labeled containers to quickly ID the sugar versus the flour and visually track what you're low on.


Categorize low shelves.

Fill these easy-to-access areas with healthy food you wouldn't mind your kids eating, like low-sugar cereals, crackers, and nuts. It's also smart to add labeled bins here: one each for bread (to keep bagels from getting smushed), prepackaged snacks that are grab-and-go ready, and produce that doesn't need refrigerating.


Mobilize below.

The floor can become a dumping ground for just about anything. Instead, manage it wisely. Place wood crates there to hold heavy bottles of wine, water, and soda. I attach casters to the bottom so I can wheel them in and out. In the corner, tuck a folding stool for reaching a high shelf.


Use the door.

It's almost 7 feet of prime real estate — don't let it go to waste. A hanging organizer sorts jars and canned goods so small items won't get buried. I also hook a clipboard and pen here to keep a running shopping list at all times.

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