KitchenWise: Organize Your Pantry Into Zones

Last updated on March 31st, 2023

Have you ever wondered about how to organize your pantry? If not designed with intention, it can quickly become one of the most cluttered areas in your home. Pantries are essential for storing all your kitchen and cooking supplies. It is also where we store any excess food, grains, and specialty ingredients. Since your pantry takes care of multiple needs, it is wise to organize it into various zones. Zoning out your pantry can let you see where everything is and can save you precious minutes while cooking!

Here are seven simple ways to organize your pantry into functional zones:

1. Baking goods and supplies

Start by assigning an area that is dedicated to all your baking supplies. Usually, there are a lot of dry ingredients in this category, such as different types of flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugars, and more. You can use stackable airtight containers which are transparent. This will let you see what exactly you store inside. Organize this better by labeling each container. You can also store your measuring bowls, spoons, mixing bowls, and other baking tools in this area.

2. Breakfast essentials

Store all your breakfast essentials in an easily accessible corner of your pantry so that it’s easier to reach. That way, you can easily grab whatever you need on hurried mornings. You can use lazy Susans or turntables for all your jams, jellies, and spreads. The shelf space can be assigned for pre-packaged or boxed ingredients like cereals, ready-to-cook mixes, and more. You can store bread using mountable shelves that don’t take up excess space in your pantry. You can create a mini tea or coffee station by storing teas, coffee, sweeteners, and milk together in a corner.

3. Lunch recipe ingredients

Store all your lunch staples in a visible, easy-to-reach area of the pantry. If you’re usually left with leftovers, you can also store extra containers, wraps, and foils in this lunch corner. Use a bin or a basket to store these packing ingredients to avoid clutter. You can also organize your lunch ingredients in baskets by cuisine or dish type. For example, keep all your Indian masalas in a spice container, oils, and sauces go in another basket, and so on!

4. Quick and simple weeknight meals

If you’re constantly running back and forth from your pantry to collect ingredients for your dinner, it might be time to reconsider your organization system. You can simply plan ahead and make separate bins for each meal. In each container, store all the ingredients you’ll need to create that meal. You can set aside some time on the weekends to do this meal prep. It will save you a lot of time on those tiring weeknights.

5. Essentials and general foods

Apart from your everyday essentials, you might also have additional stock and general foods and snacks to store. These categories can take up the rear areas of the pantry that you don’t use daily. You can store all your canned goods, extra grains, and ingredients on these shelves. Organize these ingredients by category so that they are easier to find. Every once in a while, you can do a thorough pantry check to see which ingredients you need to replace.

6. Kitchen gadgets and tools

You are bound to have a few extra utensils and kitchen tools. You can add hooks or wall mounts to your pantry wall to hang up your spatulas, spoons, and ladles. Alternatively, you can stack them up in a bin dedicated to extra utensils. For bigger items like dish racks, chopping boards, etc., you can store them on the lower shelves of the pantry so that they are easy to reach.

7. Hosting and entertaining

A good host is always prepared to entertain their guests! Keep an emergency hosting container ready in your pantry at all times. In this container, you can keep some snacks and drinks with a long shelf life, cups, party napkins, and even card games. Whenever you get unexpected company, simply take out this bin and you’re ready to go!

To Sum Up

Organizing your pantry into zones is a great way to make your time in the kitchen easier. Check out Homebliss blogs for more tips on kitchen organization and design!