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My Mom Needs Help Organizing Walk-in Pantry

A walk-in pantry (while a luxury) can quickly become a burden if it’s not run like a well-oiled machine. With so much space, all of the shelves in the walk-in can attract clutter in no time if not zoned out properly. I like to organize a walk-in pantry similar to a grocery store with each shelf acting as particular category for your food. And while a grocery store has thousands of categories, your mom’s walk-in pantry can get away with a few less…

Use the categories listed below as outlines to group ‘like with like’ on a shelf or a group of shelves. You can containerize based on your shelf depth and height (I say go clear) and always use a label. Baskets are also a nice added touch to corral your pre-packaged items (think snacks) and wire baskets keep bulkier foods within arms reach.

Baking (sugars, flours, pre-made dessert boxes—and the like go here). You can line up boxes so they’re uniform and redistribute large flour and sugar into large, clear containers which will keep the bugs out.

Oils You’ll probably have your go-to cooking oils and spices near the oven but you’ll want to group any overflow in this zone. A three-tiered sorter keeps these items viewable so you don’t forget what you own.

Canned goods While a tiered sorter works great for displaying canned goods, I also love this slide out 2-tier can rack to keep these guys organized.

Cereals and Breakfast Items Cereal and oatmeal boxes line up nicely on a shelf so it’s not necessary to transfer these to different containers.

Pastas & Grains I love putting my assortment of rices, pastas and grains into clear containers with a label. The look is uniform and it’s easier to get a measuring cup in and out of a wide-mouth container than the parameters of the thin box it came in.

Snacks With snacks, using open baskets and bins is best (get creative here so that your pantry is visually pleasing). Anytime you create an inviting space, you’ll have a better chance at keeping things neat and tidy.

Sodas, Juices & Water Make sure to place this category on a lower shelf or the floor since they are heavier than most.

Coffee and Tea Anything associated with tea and coffee goes here (again, these are probably your back-ups as your everyday coffee and tea will most likely be stored in a cabinet above the coffee maker in the kitchen).

Rubbermaid readers—what categories did I leave out? What are your favorite tips and tricks for organizing a walk-in pantry?
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Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

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