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Pantry Organization 101

This is a sponsored post on behalf of OXO. 

Pantry Organization 101 #POPtoberI interrupt the tasty recipes with some pantry organization tips today. We all have them. Some of us have large ones others have small pantries. I have a small pantry (or at least in my standards it is very very small). I think what allows me to be able to cook meals on the fly is having a very well stocked pantry. But it can take up valuable cooking time if you can’t find stuff in your pantry. I find myself emptying out almost an entire shelf to find one ingredient. Or better yet, before I go grocery shopping I try to inventory what I have on hand. If I can’t immediately find it then I put it on my shopping list. While cleaning up my own pantry I found 4 jars of peanut butter (looks like I will be doing some peanut butter recipes in my near future).

OXO Pantry Organization #POPtober

My friends at OXO and The Container Store sent me a wide variety of POP Containers to get my pantry organized once and for all!

Pantry Organization 101 #POPTober

I’m so embarrassed to share what my pantry looking like before, but here ya go… in all of its glory. You now know that I’m human too. My pantry has been and always seems to be the dumping ground. And it gets out of control quick because its so small! I probably clean out my pantry every few months but each time I battle the same stuff.

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First thing first, I find it’s easiest to start taking out all the contents of the pantry.

Check for expiration dates. When in doubt I trash it. I hate to do it but if I don’t know and can’t find a date on it for the most part I trash it.

OXO Pantry Organization #POPtober 2

Next up, I find any duplicate food items and condense into containers. I found 3 half empty containers of grits that I was able to combine into once container. Same went for the corn meal. I also like to place all my boxed pasta in POP Containers. That way I don’t have to worry about the dreadful pasta bugs! OXO Pantry Organization #POPtober 3

Then, I start to restock my POP containers. I also like to place all my boxed pasta in POP Containers. That way I don’t have to worry about the dreadful pasta bugs! I always have 2-3 boxes of the same type of pasta on hand at all times. OXO Pantry Organization #POPtober 4

Half way done and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

OXO Pantry Organization #POPtober

I also had this cutie supervising me while I cleaned out the pantry. He loves his OXO Seedling high chair!

OXO Pantry Organization #POPtober

2 hours later and my pantry was cleaned and organized! I love that the flat lids and POP Containers they were designed for stacking! Makes it perfect for the pantry. And the square and rectangular shapes make POP Containers space efficient!

OXO Pantry Organization #POPtober

Pretty amazing before and after if you ask me. And it feels great to have my pantry cleaned up. Cooking will be a breeze now that I can actually see everything!

Here are my top 5 take aways when organizing your pantry:

  1. Remove everything from the pantry first to assess what you have
  2. Throw out all expired items.
  3. Place duplicate items to the front of the pantry if the expiration date is near.
  4. Use clear stacking containers (and labels if available) to see what you have.
  5. After your done using the item put it away the exact same way you found it to help keep your pantry cleaner, longer!

You can transform your pantry to using POP Containers. They are available at The Container Store locations nationwide or

Make sure you check out my Pinterest board with a variety of OXO POP Containers found at The Container Store.

Now make sure you head on over and Enter To Win a prize pack worth $500, including their choice of OXO Storage & Organization tools (up to $250), as well as a $250 elfa gift card. The giveaway runs from Monday, October 13th – Friday, October 31st

Love the labels I made for the POP Containers? Check out how I made them over on my DIY blog, Sew Woodsy.

Disclaimer: I was provided OXO POP Containers. I was not compensated for this post. I will be entered in to a drawing for a $1,000 prize pack. As always all opinions are my own.


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10 Responses to “Pantry Organization 101”

  1. ahu @ ahueats posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm (#)

    This post couldn’t have come at a more helpful time – I just moved and I’m struggling with my new kitchen layout! And cutest kitchen supervisor ever 🙂

    • Katie replied on October 15th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Ahu! I highly suggest you invest in the OXO POP Containers. They help keep your food fresh and of course you can see what is in the box!

  2. Kristen posted on October 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm (#)

    Wow! What a difference! I love all of your fun containers! It feels so good to be organized.

    • Katie replied on October 19th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      I hate doing it but after I’m done organizing and cleaning out I’m so happy I happy spent the time doing it!

  3. Kimberly @ A Night Owl posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm (#)

    Ok I NEED these containers! I’m in desparate need of a pantry reorg, thanks for the tips!

    • Katie replied on October 19th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks Kimberly. I probably reorganize and clean out my pantry quarterly.

  4. nest of posies posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm (#)

    I have container envy!!! I SO need to get on this BEFORE we move in our new house!!! I love these containers, they seem so sturdy too!

    • Katie replied on October 19th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Yes–these would be perfect for your new house. Plus keep your food fresh and you can see everything in the containers!

  5. Ida D posted on October 16, 2014 at 8:06 am (#)

    Great job! Where can I find that spice rack on the door? It would be awesome for me!

    • Katie replied on October 30th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Ida! My husband made the spice rack. You can find the tutorial over at Shanty 2 Chic!

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