Fall Nesting: Organized Pantry

Hey there, friends!  If you tuned in to last night’s post, you know what’s coming your way in the next several weeks.  I’m so excited to share all sorts of fun posts with you, and I know we’re going to have fun.  🙂

The season of excess is upon us…  And because of that, the beginning of Fall for me is really about organizing, clearing out, and layering with all the fun stuff like the decorations, new finds, etc.  Since you know we are not in our own home at this point (we are at my in-laws’ house), this house is big and is kept really well organized.  But everyone has cabinets, shelves, etc. that can use some sprucing, and that’s what these Fall Nesting posts will be about — nesting, or preparing for Fall, by organizing!

My first stop was the Pantry, and I have to tell you that this pantry is much larger than most so it can hold lots of other things besides food — small kitchen appliances, bulk or extra items, additional glassware, etc.  Those things I tried to just sort of consolidate, move around, and make a little extra room for.  It’s food that we all have in our pantry, after all, so this post will generally focus on how to organize that!

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Five Tips For an Organized Pantry

1. Baskets are your best friend.

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 Whether wicker or plastic — it does not matter!  When I organized our linen closet back at our old apartment, I went to the Dollar Store and found a bunch of different-sized plastic baskets.  My mother-in-law just happens to have a lot of the nice-quality Longaberger baskets, so I used those.

2. Keep friends with friends — group your items!

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 You might be thinking to yourself — DUH!  But if everything has a home, a section, a shelf, whatever — it should always have a place.  Don’t put the cookies with the pasta.  Don’t put the coffee with the canned goods.  Remember: Friends with Friends.

3. Chalkboards are awesome schedule-keepers.

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 There are five of us living in this house right now, and this is where we keep track of who is feeding the pups.  Also featured is a weekly quote that my father-in-law puts up — generally funny ones.  All you True Detective fans out there are having fun with this one.  🙂

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 If you have the counter space, chalkboards are fun for decoration, too.  And you don’t need a wall to hang a chalkboard, people!  Hang one on a door with a command hook, or use a wreath hanger.

4. Labels are key.

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 I picked these gift tags up at Target months ago in the Dollar Spot.  I just used a silver Sharpie marker and wrote what belonged in each basket.  Remember: If everything has a place, everything should easily have a home.  There are so many ways that you can label — I bet there’s even printable versions of tags like these that are free.  Check Pinterest!

5. Finally, this tip is important:  Before you go out to buy more groceries, check your pantry for what can be consolidated or tossed.  I’m not saying you should toss a bunch of good food, but chances are that if you don’t do this often, there is plenty in your pantry that can go.  Straighten up your pantry before you bring a bunch of new food in — that way, everything has a place to go right when you get home from the store.  You should do this with your fridge, too!

What are some other tips you have for keeping an organized pantry?

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