Knowing how to successfully stock and organize a whole foods pantry has so many upsides!
For me, I've saved tons of time and money—I never knew what foods I had in stock at any given time, so I would end up with multiples of items and overflowing bags of food. Everything was piled up on top of each other, which gave me some serious anxiety.
Once I finally decided to tackle my pantry, I realized how much time I was actually wasting searching for ingredients that didn't have a proper shelf (or jar) to call home.
The whole process of decluttering and organizing made spending time in the kitchen so much easier. And I felt inspired to cook more.
SO, definitely do yourself a favor and carve out an afternoon to get it done for yourself. You'll save time, space and energy. And have peace of mind.
Here are some of my best tips:
Start with a small space/area, so you don't get too overwhelmed—try one shelf, a small cabinet or a drawer.
ORGANIZE + CLEAN
First, get everything out of your pantry so you can actually see what you have. Sort it into categories—things you use everyday, barely used, unopened, etc. For all the items you don't want anymore, donate what you can and throw away the rest (expired items, etc).
After you've cleared everything out, get to cleaning. Create a space you love! I added additional shelving, contact paper and accessories to bring me joy.
Make a list of what you need based on what you have. I bought mason jars, glass containers, stacking shelves for spices, large bins for bulk items and labels for storage.
Organize and give every ingredient a home—you'll then be able to see which food ingredients you need more of and ones you have enough of.
Pro tip: if you need grains, nuts and seeds, buy in bulk. It's a lot more affordable in the long run and will stay fresh when stored correctly.
Labeling was actually a fun process for me. I bought chalk pens to help me identify food items. You can you colorful or clear labels, paint pens, etc. I personally love reusable labels.
I created a specific home for each jar and organized them onto shelves. This made it easier for me to visualize what I had and/or what needed to be replenished.
This definitely made my life easier.
MAINTAIN THE SPACE
Once you have everything organized, just do a quick weekly inventory of what you have and restock when/where needed. I usually do this on a Sunday before shopping and meal prepping for the week.
This will help you cook and eat what you already have and prevent you from buying multiples of the same thing.
It goes without saying that if you clean and organize regularly, you won't have to repeat the whole entire process all over again. Seriously, who has time for that.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Share some of your favorite ways to organize in the comments below. I'd love to hear x