Pantry Organization – The Home Edit x Container Store

I desperately put off organizing our pantry after we moved. I know the before photos might not look *that* bad image-wise, but my photographer, Angie, wishes to assure you it was a mess. Under the Lipton Tea to the left, there were moving boxes, and they lined up all the way to the other side of the pantry.

Each time my dad came over, he’d say, “Where are your snacks? I can’t find anything in here.” He said it so much that once I started organizing this space, I immediately texted him saying, “You can’t say I don’t have food anymore!

Basically, we’d come home from grocery shopping and place the food anywhere, since I had no clue how I’d organize this space. I wanted something a bit more clear to see what we needed to be eating and to not waste any food. However, I didn’t want everything in individual mason jar-style canisters because I don’t buy the exact same groceries each time I’m at the market. Some days I’m buying random crackers to make my cheese board for hosting and some days Maxi wants unicorn fruit snacks. Individual containers for each item seemed excessive and a bit *too* perfect- you know. I’ve discussed this before and sometimes if an organization of items is too perfect it is unrealistic.

When I saw The Home Edit launched a line with The Container Store I knew they’d have the solutions. I’ve raved about The Home Edit before, they are the A-list celebrity organizers that get Gwyneth Paltrow and the like. They probably organize for The Royal Family, we just don’t know it yet. 😉 Yes, you know I ordered and read their book when it came out. ha!

The Container Store was so kind to let me try out some of the new line to organize our space and I coordinated it with my existing Container Store loot {from my last pantry post!} and MacKenzie-Childs serving pieces in usual COF fashion.

Main takeaways from this line?

  • They’ve done this before! T.H.E knew the list of gripes while organizing and so they even took some classic organizational staples but made them better. Remember how I always share clear lazy susans to organize pieces? They made their’s larger with movable dividers. Their all-purpose bins have dividers and were made a bit more deep and wide. So you can fit far more product and not run out of space!
  • Their stickers are the BEST gift. If you have a housewarming gift, give them a candle, the book, and the stickers. I was thinking I’d need multiple sets of stickers, but I used one pantry and kitchen set and still have PLENTY leftover for my space.
  • The All-Purpose Bins are my favorite things because you can put individual dividers in them for small items, or just toss regular boxes and bags of food in there. I keep our bottom shelf a snack shelf so Maxi, Paul, family, and friends can easily grab whatever they need. It keeps the space tidy, but functional.
  • The 2-Tier Lazy Susan is also a game changer for organizing essential oils! I keep our oils in the pantry so I can grab when I clean or diffuse in the kitchen, and I’ve never found an easier way to store and sort them.
  • Their 3-Tier Shelf fits Costco-size spices which I had yet to find something that did.

Let’s Talk Sorting

To start, I took everything out of the pantry and looked at expiration dates, etc. I kept the left side of our pantry for cooking items: sauces, spices, oils, vinegar. I kept the right side of our pantry for snacks, baking goods, and meal items like pasta.



There’s essentially a ton of multi-functional solutions because these lazy susans and bins can be used to organize anything from art supplies to your skincare routine. And so even if you didn’t use these bins to organize a pantry, they’d work beautifully for an office or playroom. I’m already thinking of the divided bins with Barbie clothes! I’m so pleased with the system and how it turned out. I’ve grocery shopped twice and so far, putting everything up has been a breeze. My next goal this weekend is to tackle the fridge and apply the labels there since I have leftover. Do you have a specific way you organize your pantry or kitchen items?

P.S. You can also buy their Storage Solution Set which features all products I’ve used!

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  1. Sherry wrote:

    Omg, AMAZING!! Please come organize my pantry!!! Lol!! Makes me want to redo my whole pantry!! Love it!!

    Published 03 Jul 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      You are so sweet, Sherry! 🙂 xx, Katey

      Published 03 Jul 19Reply
  2. I love the completed look of the pantry. It’s so neat, well done! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 03 Jul 19Reply
  3. Catherine wrote:

    You may have a post about this already but can you recommend any company that does closet systems? We had the ones in our current house done custom but we are in the process of buying a new house and don’t really want to have to deal with the whole complete custom process. It currently has the standard wire racks and I am looking for drawers or sliding baskets and shoe walls as well. Any help you can give would be very much appreciated!

    Published 03 Jul 19Reply
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    This makes my type A heart so happy. I’m building/buying a new home at the end of the year. And I cannot wait to organize it. I’m currently living with my parents to save money so I have no room for anything. But I have a running list in my phone of all the things I want when I have space. Glambox is at the top of the list. And all these pantry organizers are next!

    Published 03 Jul 19Reply
  5. Lisa wrote:

    Hi, Katey! I just love this post!! Great job organizing your pantry and explaining it! The pictures are so dreamy!!! I always love your recommendations, too. Random, but would you please share which cookbooks you own that are pictured above, specifically the Pioneer Woman one AND the one to the right of Pioneer Woman? Thank you very much in advance!! Happy 4th to you and your family!

    Published 03 Jul 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Lisa! I’m so sorry for the delay on this! I totally lost the comment. Of course! So from left to right I have: a binder of recipes my Nana made me, Magnolia Table cookbook by Joanna Gaines, Ina Garten Cooking for Jeffrey, Pioneer Woman, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow {a crockpot cookbook}, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, Ina Garten Cook like a Pro, Mexico The Cookbook, What Can I Bring? Southern Living cookbook, Cherry Bombe cookbook, The Newlywed Cookbook, and the Magnolia Bakery cookbook! I hope this helps! xx, Katey

      Published 05 Sep 19Reply
  6. Nicole wrote:

    These pictures make my type A heart happy. Totally can relate to regularly buying different things at the grocery store; this line’s multi solution options sound perfect.

    Nicole | What Nicole Wore

    Published 03 Jul 19Reply
  7. Amber wrote:

    Wow! This is a major improvement. I bet you feel so happy every time you go in the pantry now. Would you ever consider getting rid of the pantry to open up that window to the kitchen to give it more light? My grandma had a pantry with a window in it as well and it made her house so much brighter to open it up. My mom said she should have left the pantry bc she cherishes storage space > light, but I’m like give me all the windows!

    Published 03 Jul 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Girl I’m so relieved to have it done! Ooh that’s interesting! Not sure! I don’t think I would now because our kitchen has a ton of light in our home. But it is funny because I’m kind of like, “Wait why is there a window in here!” Lol

      Published 03 Jul 19Reply
  8. Emily wrote:

    Oh wow your pantry looks amazing!! I wish we could have a pantry like this in the UK! So organised and so aesthetically pleasing too.

    Emily | Snippets of Em xx

    Published 04 Jul 19Reply