Apr. 18. 2014
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

As 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!


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!

1. Start clean.

First and foremost, get rid of the bad and put in the good! 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.

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) let 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!

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