I spent an afternoon on Friday cleaning and organizing our pantry. I really like our pantry now, and it’s the largest one I’ve had. I’d say it’s pretty comparable to a standard bedroom closet. It’s a walk in with enough shelving on all sides.
I like to keep a good supply of our food, especially after having lived in a more rural area it’s more convenient to have the essentials and the extras to save me an extra trip to the grocery store. Today, I’m going to walk you through our pantry and talk a little bit about my thought process and storage process too.
This is the first view you see when you open the door. On the top shelf I keep snack foods and a small package of paper napkins for random guests and visitors. (We use cloth napkins.) I don’t really keep a lot of extras of snack foods because their expiration date goes fast, and plus, I try to limit how much “junk” food we have! It’s not too bad, we have goldfish crackers (with a spare box behind it), tortilla chips, and unsalted pretzels. I also have a few packages of seaweed snacks too.
The second shelf holds Asian sauces (soy sauce, chili sauce) and a few other condiments and foods. I try to have at least two extras because if we go to the Asian grocery store, it can take around an hour one way because of traffic. It’s not very convenient with two little ones to make the trek, so I stock up when I can!
Our third shelf is the breakfast food and a little bit of candy. I don’t stock up on cereal, but I have 5 or 6 containers of oatmeal! When my mom visits she has oatmeal daily and we have refrigerator oatmeal frequently.
The fourth shelf holds baking supplies and baby food pouches (needs a refill in the bowl). I try to keep an extra bag or two of flour, but the rest I buy as needed (almond flour, coconut flour) and the sugars and chocolates are as needed too.
The fifth shelf holds grains and beans. I stock up on boxes of pasta when they are on sale. I buy our grains from the Asian grocery store, but I buy a bag at a time. Rice comes in 25lb. bags, so we are usually good for a few months!
When you walk into the pantry, the left side shelves hold more stuff. The first one has liquor and extra wine and beer along with random beverages like teas, coconut milk, coconut water, almond milk, etc.
The next shelf is where I keep the extra condiments. I buy most of my spices at Trader Joe’s, so I usually buy two or three at a time. Of course, you should check the date and make sure that you’ll use it within the expiration. Tomorrow, I’ll share some of my favorite spices:
The third shelf is where I go a little crazy. I stock up on organic tomato and marinara sauce, like if it’s on sale at the grocery store (organic pizza sauce for around $1), or if I’m at Trader Joe’s (another drive for us). We don’t buy canned food, so I make up for it in jarred food!
On the fourth shelf I keep chicken stock, and regular condiments like ketchup, mayo, and salad dressing. The last shelf holds a variety of Asian noodles and a couple of rice variations (brown, short grain, long grain). I try to keep most of the floor clear, but there are a few water bottles (leftover from the move) and a new bag of rice.
This side is where we store Brian’s work/lunch bag on a hook.
I use leftover glass jars to store extras, like seeds, nuts, and berries. I think it would be cool to have large containers to hold the snacks and flour, but I don’t feel like it’s a huge need right now.
On the right side we keep household supplies. The top shelf holds all our extra dishwasher tabs (bought on sale, so we stocked up), garbage bags (I think we’re good for like two years!), sandwich and freezer bags, and extra aluminum foil (leftover from days of couponing).
I store our smaller appliances, a step-stool ladder, and my aprons on this side too.
I love an organized pantry. It makes the cooking experience so much more pleasant when there isn’t a mad scramble to find everything!
There are super enviable pantrys on Pinterest. Just type in “organized pantry” and a ton of awesome ones show up. I love the idea of keeping food in little bins and baskets, but the way I’m hard-wired is that if I don’t see it, I won’t use it! I tried to come up with a general layout/categorizing and have it still be open enough to work for me. I might look into an over the door hanger as well.
Do you have a pantry? What do you keep stocked in it? I love peeking into pantrys to see how people store their food, and also, what food they eat!