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Pantry Organization like a Pro // nutritionstripped.comAs many of you request to see what’s in my pantry, today I’m going to show you a sneak peek of how I store things around here! I have many of you ask me about what my pantry looks like and how to organize everything for easy access, but also how to organize to keep your health habits in full motion. I’ve posted many times on instagram over the years on what some of my pantry looks like, today I’m going to show you a little tour plus my top 5 tips for organizing your pantry like a pro!

WHOLE FOOD PANTRY, ORGANIZED.

I’ve also included an entire PANTRY page dedicated to specific ingredients I always have on hand in my pantry and in the fridge. Check that page out for more detailed nutrition and health benefits on those goodies, but for now, let’s talk DIY and organization skills. You know you’re a organization nerd when you get realllllly excited about organizing things… yeah, I’m totally that person. I love organizing anything from my office, home, to the pantry- it keeps my type A personality happy and also well prepared for whenever the mood strikes for a new recipe to create!

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1. Start clean.

First and foremost, get rid of the bad and put in the good! I offer a Kitchen Makeover specifically for this reason to help my clients clear the junk; what’s the purpose of organization if you’re organizing the wrong food sources and items in your pantry for your health and fitness goals? Also, after you’ve cleaned out the “bad” items, literally clean out your pantry and use some nice shelving lining or contact paper you enjoy!

2. Buy in bulk.

Not only is it more affordable in the long run, but you can also start storing your grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. in airtight mason jars which keep the food optimally fresh after you open them up to use time and time again. [I use these types of jars in my pantry].

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3. Label.

Now that you’ve stored everything in airtight jars or containers, make sure you label them correctly so you don’t forget what’s inside! Grains can be especially tricky to identify if you have a lot of them and aren’t used to using them. I created my own chalkboard lids where I write with a chalk pen every time I change out that item in the jar. Typically I’ll keep the same food ingredient in the jar and just refill it, but sometimes I completely switch it out- this is where chalkboard lids come in handy with labeling.

Step 1) take the silver plate (flat piece in the lid set) and paint it with chalkboard paint; Step 2) dry; Step 3) write your ingredient with a piece of chalk or chalk pen.

4. Create space.

Utilize the most out of your pantry by not letting space go wasted! I love stacking shelving units to give a little depth, but also to create more practical room for storing. [I use these shelves in my pantry for additional room]

5. Keep it stocked.

Keeping your pantry stocked full of nourishing foods will not only keep your body healthy, but it’ll also ensure that whenever a delicious recipe pops up here on Nutrition Stripped, you’ll have all the ingredients you need to make it… right? Right!

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Here’s a little sneak peek at our kitchen with some of my favorite pieces hanging up for all to see- and for quick access. If you found this DIY and my tips helpful, please share this blog post and Pin your heart away with my DIY steps! I hope everyone now feels a bit more confident in organizing their pantry like a pro!

xx McKel

Share Your Thoughts

  1. Danielle says:

    Hi. Where do you do most of your bulk buying? Is there a great online retailer that is more cost effective than whole foods?

    1. I purchase online in bulk or simply at whole foods, trader joes, costco, etc.

  2. LOVE the chalkboard lids! I’m also an organisation nerd haha 🙂

  3. I love using mason jars for storing pantry essentials! They keep me so organized and I love how you can actually see what’s in the cupboards. I love your chalkboard lids. Such a good idea!!

    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, glad you enjoyed this! Hope you like the chalkboards once you try it and share if you do! xx mh

  4. […] Pantry Organization Like A Pro from Nutrition Stripped: I owe my success at healthy eating to keeping nuts, seeds, and whole grains from bulk bins at Sprouts. Not only is it cheaper to buy a small quantity of these items, but it’s easy to keep a variety at home. I love how this pantry looks with the chalkboard painted jar lids- I am slowly convincing myself that I definitely need more jars in my life (because having two sets of mason jars isn’t enough?). […]

  5. Do you have to sterilize the mason jars first? Or is washing in the dishwasher sufficient?

    1. No need to sterilize them, just a good wash!

  6. […] on the countertop and what to store in the fridge, step 1 is a Pantry Makeover/clean out, then organize your pantry, and clean out the fridge. These all may seem like very simple steps, but I promise they’ll […]

  7. Hi babe! Bought one of your bundles and loved it, popped over here from one of the links and, girl – chalkboard lids?! Genius!!

    Lotsa hugs and stars from Earthsprout-land
    Elenore

    1. Oh thank you, you’re so sweet! Glad you enjoyed it and love your blog too xx M

  8. I remember reading a post about using leftover powdered ingredients to mix your own protein powders and there was this awesome breakdown of different powders and their flavors and which ones go best together but now I can’t find it and I’m pretty sure it was on your blog. Let me know if this sounds like a post you’ve made before! Thanks!

    1. I do have a post about protein powders, but not with what you do with leftovers, sorry! xx

  9. Love these organization tips but I can’t seem to find your pantry post that is linked! Would love to see your suggestions on essential foods that should always be stocked.

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