Professional organizers share these six vital tips on how to organize a small kitchen pantry

If you’re a home chef who enjoys cooking, or if your family is not as interested in maintaining the pantry neatly, it can be difficult to keep a small space organized.

It is important to have a good structure and maintain it regularly. You can also make smart purchases that will maximize every inch of space. It is especially important in a smaller pantry.

Professional organizers reveal the six organizing ideas for small pantries that they have repeatedly used to make these spaces both functional and appealing.

How to Organize a Small Pantry

You can’t go wrong with a pantry, even if you have a small space. To make it work without frustration, you’ll need to use some organizing tips. Professional organizers suggest this.

Categorize Items

The first step is to organize a small pantry according to categories.

Laura Price is a professional organizer and founder of The Home Organization. She advises that you are creating the ‘building blocks’ of the space, which you can adjust and move around in order to find the best combination for you.

If you are a spice lover but don’t bake, the area you dedicate to spices should be bigger than your baking space.

Play around with your shelving for the pantry to adjust it as necessary.

Laura Price wanted to help others enjoy the benefits of an organized lifestyle after she discovered that living in an organized home brought her peace while raising three children. The Home Organisation is a team of dedicated professional organizers.


Barbara Oldham, founder of the Inspired Home by B and professional organizer, suggests that to declutter a small pantry, you remove everything and throw away items you shouldn’t store in a cupboard. You can also discard anything outdated or you don’t like. Set aside any duplicates and put them into a separate bin.

It is the perfect time to clean your pantry, from top to bottom, thoroughly. This will remove any marks or stains that could cause odors and attract pests.

Start putting the items back into the following order: at the top of the shelves are the items that you don’t use often, the duplicates, and the refills. In the middle shelves, the things most commonly used. On the bottom brackets are the larger, bulkier items.

This is a great way to keep track of your pantry. You can make a mental list of the items you already have and any duplicates. This is especially useful if you’re organizing your pantry and have deep shelves. It will help prevent things from getting lost in the back.

Bring soon-to-expire foods to the front.

Keep foods with short expiration dates at the front of your small pantry to ensure they are consumed before they go bad, according to Dawn Falcone. She is a professional organizer and founder of The Chaos Liberator.

She suggests that you place new canned and dried goods at the back of bins or on shelves. You can move unfinished snacks or single items to the top shelf or container so that you can use them up before they expire.

Rotating items regularly will contribute to a waste-free household and make you more environmentally friendly at home.

Dawn Falcone is a home organizer who has worked in the industry for over 15 years. She founded The Chaos Liberator. She worked previously in the fashion industry and interior design and now uses her experience to organize with a design-oriented eye.

Use shelf risers to see items at the back of deep shelves

Shelf risers are one of many items that professionals buy for their kitchens.

Risers are my go-to tool for organizing kitchen cabinets. This is especially true if they have deep shelves. I use them to their best advantage by placing the smaller jars at the front and the larger bottles at the back. It is easier to reach the bottles at the very rear if they are in the show.

This tiered pantry organizer helps me to organize my deep cupboards. The fact that they expand allows them to fit into any space, allowing for optimal home organizing.