DIY Pantry Declutter: Tips to Organise Your Pantry

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Jars with labels
Loving our jars with blackboard and clear labels

Supported by The Reject Shop

When did you last declutter your pantry?

If like me your pantry has gotten a bit out of hand and you’re finding it hard to squeeze your shopping in, it might be time for a pantry declutter.

The thought of cleaning out your pantry may be as appealing as watching grass grow but it doesn’t take that long and the results are surprisingly satisfying.

To organise my pantry, I’m using jars and accessories from The Reject Shop and will be doing a few mini DIYs or hacks to adapt some pieces so they tie into my black and white colour scheme.

DIY pantry declutter
I’m going to show you how I got my pantry to look like this

Items used:

– Selection of angel baskets in large, medium and small
– Selection of clip top jars in 3L, 1L, 700ml and 200ml sizes
– Glass dimple jars (used for spices)
– Geometric pastel metal baskets
– Mini blackboard swing tags
– Chalkboard labels
– Wood shapes (hearts used on spice jars sold in pack of 8)
– Black spray paint*
– Clear labels*
– Chalkboard texta*
– Fine tip white texta*

Note: you can find all of these items at The Reject Shop except for those marked with an asterisk which I purchased from my local stationery store.

Steps:

1. Completely clear out your pantry – that’s right, every last thing needs to come out of your pantry so you can give the shelves a good wipe down and take stock of all the items you need to organise. Anything past its expiry date or that you know you’ll never use again (like a spice you hated) should go immediately in the bin and all other items should be grouped into categories i.e. all cans grouped together.

2. Keep packaged foods fresh by putting them in clip top jars. These jars are ideal for foods like flour, sugar, grains, pasta and just about anything you can fit into them. We’ve even seen people use them to store treats (I don’t have the willpower for that!), tea and beans.

I used two different types of labels on these jars. On the larger jars I used handy chalkboard labels from The Reject Shop (they also have more decorative versions available) and wrote on them using a white chalkboard texta. On the smaller jars, I printed the name of the contents onto clear labels.

Close up of chalkboard labels
Write on chalkboard labels using white chalkboard texta
Clear labels
Print and cut out clear labels
Jars with labels
Loving our jars with blackboard and clear labels

3. If you like to bake, you may find that all these items take up a lot of space in your pantry and can look messy. An easy way to keep them organised while maximising space in your pantry is to place them into a basket and remind yourself what’s in there using a swing tag! I spray painted two of these new angel baskets in matte black and love how they turned out!

Spray painting angel baskets
Spray painting the blue and purple baskets black
Finished baskets
These baskets turned out great and make the most of the top shelf

4. Now I don’t know about you but I’m hopeless at remembering to bring my own bags to the store! This means I have reusable plastic bags bursting out of my pantry. Using a clever folding trick, I turned these bulky plastic bags into neat little triangles and stored them in a small angel basket (check out the video I made below to see how easy it is to fold your plastic bags). This freed up space for other things in the drawer like potatoes and onions which I’ve placed in a geometric basket spray painted black.

Bulky plastic bags wasting space in my pantry
Bulky plastic bags wasting space in my pantry
Folded plastic bags take up next to no space
Folded plastic bags take up next to no space

5. I placed all my spices and herbs into these stylish pinch jars which will help keep them fresh and look pretty. To fit in with my colour scheme, I spray painted the chrome lids black and glued black heart labels on top (using spray painted woodshapes). If space in your pantry is limited, you could place these on a spice rack or in a basket where you can stack them.

Spray painting wood shapes and spice lids

Finished spice jars
Matching spice jars

6. Finish by restocking your pantry — placing everyday foods where you can access them easily and items you need less regularly up high or down low. Our main shelves have been used for canned foods, spices, breakfast foods, and healthyish snacks, and those spray painted baskets with baking items and unhealthy snacks have been placed up high.

DIY pantry declutter
Organised pantry looks clean and clutter free

Full finished pantry

Now the challenge is to keep my pantry this organised! Does your pantry need a declutter? How do you keep your pantry organised? Tell us in the comments below!

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Gina is the Editor of STYLE CURATOR, an award winning Australian blog about the pursuit of a stylish home. She is passionate about sharing her love of design, architecture, decorating and homewares. Having recently finished the build of her dream home, she's now tackling the never ending job of styling it. When she's not blogging or working with interior styling clients, you'll find her running after her 1 year-old son Patrick or getting her hands messy in a creative project.

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    • Thanks Sarah! That plastic bag trick has saved so much space in my pantry and means I’m not fighting to close the doors every time I get something out of the panty, he he 😉

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