Pantry Organising: 5 Strategies to Keep a Neat and Tidy Kitchen

Olivia Cirocco
 | September 15, 2021

Issues with space in the kitchen are one of the main reasons for the undertaking of remodelling and renovating in the first place. Keeping your kitchen well-organised with the help of a neat and tidy pantry can contribute to making it look spacious.

Adding an extension to your kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean adding space. With the use of kitchen pantry, you’re taking advantage of the existing space. Having a proper kitchen pantry will help you maximise kitchen space without going beyond your budget.

There is so much more to kitchen pantries than just cupboards for storage, and the same goes for organising it. So here are five outstanding pantry organising strategies to establish a clean and orderly kitchen environment.


You can save a lot of money if you plan out what you’ll be needing for your pantry to make your kitchen better. Here are five strategies you can utilise to organise your pantry and maximise existing kitchen space.

Labels, Airtight Clear Containers, Baskets, And Risers

The best way to start organising your pantry is to label. Labels can make your pantry look aesthetic as well as make it accessible for everyone in the house. You and other members of the family will never need to rummage around aimlessly to find something.

Airtight clear containers will keep your food fresher than their original packaging once opened, and will also help you easily distinguish if it’s gone bad or not. Further, it will be beneficial for your bulk-bin items such as rice, nuts, and grains. Also, you can put these clear containers in baskets for corralling and fighting clutter.

Finally, you must adjust the height between each shelf, because having a specific depth and placement of each shelf will definitely make your pantry organised. Having shelves with a set height for each item can make it easy for you to know which shelf they should be put on. Also, you could add risers in each shelf to put bottles, cans, jars, and spices on different levels.

Assess Your Pantry Weekly

Apart from having the right equipment for organising your pantry, there’re still other things you have to do to keep it neat and tidy. Assessing your pantry by arranging it and keeping it in good shape won’t consume a lot of time. By making it your meal-planning routine every week, you’ll be able to avoid buying multiples of the same item.

Further, continuous checking up on your pantry will help you identify things that need attention like shelves that need wiping, labels that aren’t facing outward and visible, tossing out expired items, and grouping the same items, leaving your pantry always tidy.

Don’t Overstuff Your Shelves

It’s easy to put a lot of stuff into the shelves, and filling in every inch, stacking cans on top cans, boxes on top of boxes, and buying plenty of spices. Doing that will leave you nothing but just an ordinary pantry. Further, overstuffed shelves will also make it easy for you to forget what you have because if you can’t see a can of sauce that’s behind other cans, you’ll end up going out to buy another sauce.

Moreover, not overstuffing your shelves will also let you know what’s in there, from the items you frequently buy for your meals to the spices you need for them, and you’ll even know when they’ll expire as well as their amount.

Walling And Lighting

Your pantry doesn’t have to be plain and boring shelves. You could use wallpaper, stencils and colourful paint to make your pantry walls bright and fun. Doing it helps you give more attention to your pantry, and also make it look lively.

Putting a spotlight on your pantry will also help you see what’s inside. Having just the right amount of brightness will highlight your pantry in the kitchen, and will also help you put more attention to keeping your pantry clean and organised.

There will always be certain areas in your kitchen, especially your pantry in which you need help with. Thus, hiring a reliable expert to do the design of your pantry and the lighting is always worth the cost.  Some services have significant experience with it comes to kitchen design, especially if you want more space in your kitchen without remodelling or renovating.

For more in-depth works for your kitchen, there are companies that offer services such as kitchen renovations in Melbourne, and in other cities you can commission to help you concerning the organisation of your kitchen pantry.

If you have sufficient DIY skills and you already have an existing pantry that only needs a little adjusting and makeover, then you could take your time to do all the labour yourself, and save money.

Make Use Of Household Items To Give Your Pantry More Storage Space

Using household items is an inexpensive and smart way to make use of existing space as well as adding more storage to your pantry. There are ways to maximise space, be it shoeboxes, space-saving racks, magazine racks and pen holders.

It’s more like doing a DIY organiser for your pantry. Having items on a designated place or holder even if there are risers will lessen the likelihood of disorganising the things you’ve arranged.


Constant checking up on your kitchen pantry to make sure it’s neat, tidy, and well-organised is not an easy task to do. You have to be consistent about it to make sure that none of the items in your pantry is missing or expired. Although it may be a little bit of a hassle as well as time-consuming, it’s also for your health and the cleanliness of the kitchen environment.

Always keep in mind that having an organised kitchen pantry will save a lot of space in your kitchen since everything you’ll need will be exactly right where it is. Following these five simple strategies will also help you maximise existing space in your kitchen without the need to renovate or remodel. You only have to know where is the right place to put it.

Olivia Cirocco

Olivia Cirocco

Design Manager

As a Bachelor of Interior Architecture graduate of The University of South Australia, Olivia has gained extensive experience in the field. In addition to developing critical analysis skills, Olivia learned how to implement creative, environmentally and socially sustainable settings. Using these techniques she has since enjoyed specialising as a bathroom and kitchen designer.


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