How to Organize a Simple and Functional Pantry With Baskets

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A guest post by Jan Bennett, my amazingly organized mother-in-law!

Organizing your pantry so that you can find what you are looking for can be a challenge. I have a small, closet-style pantry with deep shelves, making it difficult to see all of the products I keep stuffed in there.

I have developed a system that is working great for me! You can do it too!

How to Organize Your Pantry With Baskets

Step one

Buy sturdy plastic baskets and label with a category of food.

Step two

Write the food on the top of any cans so they are easily identified.

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I have a basket for:

  • Snacks (I usually keep things that are open in here – crackers, chips, things the kids know are up for grabs)
  • Tea (this holds not only tea for iced tea, hot tea and decaf tea, but sweetener, sugar and my little tea pot for every day)
  • Grains (rice, quinoa, pasta, breadcrumbs, etc.)
  • Fruit & veggies (mostly canned goods, but not tomatoes….they have a basket of their own!)
  • Tomato ( diced, stewed, sauce, paste, spaghetti sauce, etc)
  • Protein (tuna, beans, peanut butter, nuts)
  • Soups
  • Sauces (salad dressing, salsa, catsup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc.)

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When I need something, I pull the basket out (great for the biceps….you probably don’t need the gym that day!) and read the top of the cans to find what I need.

No digging around trying to read labels.

No sticking your head in the pantry trying to see what is at the far back corner.

Give it a whirl…..let me know what you think!


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