8 Steps On How To Organize Your Pantry Cabinet (With FREE Kitchen Organization Planner!)

by Faith

Springtime is near!

It’s time to carry out your spring cleaning around the house!

Your pantry is probably a place where the entire family loves to go to for their favorite snack.

However, it could also be one of the messiest places around the house.

But if you were to set aside an hour (depending on how messy your pantry is), you CAN get it all organized in a stress-free manner.

Here are some simple steps to take to organize your pantry cabinet.

Do remember to download the FREE Kitchen Organization Planner at the bottom of this post to help you organize your pantry cabinet and the entire kitchen!

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8 Steps On How To Organize Pantry Cabinet

8 Steps On How To Organize Pantry Cabinet (With FREE Kitchen Organization Planner!)

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1. Clear out everything

Take out everything from the pantry or cupboards where food is stored and place them at a central location.

2. Clean all surfaces

Thoroughly wipe down the shelves, doors of cupboards, and all surfaces with some soap/detergent and water. Check hinges and make sure everything is working in order.

3. Check expiry/ use-by dates

Check through all food items and make sure that they have not expired.
Set aside food items that have expiry/ use-by dates within less than a month. Throw away all expired items.

4. Filter out items that you don’t want but are still safe for consumption

You might have bought too much at a sale or your family doesn’t like the food. If the food item is still safe for consumption, why not pass it on to a neighbor or donate the items to the needy community?

5. Categorize the food items

Sort out the food items according to food type. For example canned food, cereals, and foods with short shelf-life.

6. Fill up your Pantry Inventory List

Write down in the inventory list provided (download below) all the food items you have in your pantry. Put it in a planner or stick it on the fridge. Take a photo of your inventory list and save it on your phone. This way, you won’t overbuy the next time you go grocery shopping!

7. Replace all food items back on the shelves

Place all the food items back on the shelves according to their categories. Do note to place the ones with the closest use-by date up front.

8. Plan your week’s meals with the food items that are expiring within one month

Now that you have set aside food items that are expiring soon, it’s time to plan your weekly meals with these food items on the list!

You can use the weekly meal planner that is included in the FREE Kitchen Organization Planner too!


Free Kitchen Organization Planner

8 Steps On How To Organize Pantry Cabinet (With FREE Kitchen Organization Planner!)

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This free printable kitchen organization planner includes:

  • pantry organization checklist
  • refrigerator organization checklist
  • kitchen inventory list
  • grocery list
  • meal planners

Use code “CLEANPANTRY” at checkout to get the Kitchen Organization Planner HERE for FREE!


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Sandra Tanner
Sandra Tanner

You are so organized. I love seeing your new blog post. It helps me get my life together lol

Amy Gougler

I love re-organizing my pantry and try to do it at least once a year! I need to check out your inventory list for next time!


I don’t have a pantry BUT we have lots of kitchen cabinets and I’m always trying to figure out the best way to get things organized. I love your tip on planning out meals based on foods that will be expiring soon — what a great way to make sure nothing goes to waste while being creative about meal planning!


These are some great tips for organizing my pantry and the printables look incredibly helpful!

Sonja - Too Much Character

Thanks for the motivation. I need to tame my pantry because it has gotten away from me!

Nicole Desantis

Pinned and saved! My cabinets are a disaster! I hope this will help me!


Omg! I love to FIFO my food on the pantry shelves! 😆. It makes me so happy!

Julie M Smith

I love me some organization. Natural high, lol. Thanks for the tips!


These are great tips! I was just thinking the other day that I need to do this. The printable looks super helpful

Mama Bear Finance

This is so helpful! We have some wasted food because our pantry is not organized. I will follow some of your tips here!