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The Home Edit On How To Sort, Organize, & Maintain Your Pantry

We’re all doing our best to stay inside to keep ourselves and others safe right now. This new self-quarantining reality means infrequent grocery store runs that are all about buying in bulk. Keeping our pantries well-stocked with the snacks we’re finding comfort in while social distancing and the ingredients we need for all the cooking projects we’re taking on to pass our now-expansive free time, however, calls for a little more order than we usually apply in our kitchen cabinets. Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit, the team responsible for so many celebrities’ enviably organized pantries, are just the people to tell us how to set up our kitchen storage during this time.According to the duo, every organizational project should start with an edit — unsurprising information, given their brand’s name. “Remove everything from the space, wipe down the shelves, group items into like categories, and check expiration dates,” they explain. “This process will also help you realize what items have gone to waste, and what you shouldn’t purchase again.” Shearer and Teplin suggest dedicating a few minutes every week to doing a mini-edit of your pantry as a way to ensure long-term organization. Once you’ve assessed what exactly it is you have crammed into your pantry and kitchen cabinets, the women of The Home Edit say it’s time to transfer them to clear containers. “The original boxes, bags, and jars that items come in can add to the clutter,” they tell us. “Instead, swap them for more functional solutions.” Finally, Shearer and Teplin emphasize the importance of making sure all the food items and ingredients in your pantry are easy to locate when you need them. That means making sure items are visible and labeled. Ahead, The Home Edit team shares the storage products they use to make finding and utilizing food products a breeze.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Store loose ingredients in clear air-tight canisters”These come in a variety of sizes from large to small, wide, or tall. Fine powders (flour, baking soda), loose snacks (dried fruit, nuts), pasta, cereals, and grains can be stored and kept fresh.”The Home Edit T.H.E. Small Canister .5 qt., $, available at The Container StoreThe Home Edit T.H.E. Medium Canister 1.5 qt., $, available at The Container StoreThe Home Edit T.H.E. Large Canister 2.5 qt., $, available at The Container StoreOggi 5-Piece Acrylic Canister Set with Airtight Clamp Lids, $, available at AmazonThe Home Edit Produce BinEach bin helps to keep moisture away from produce, maintaining the freshness of fruits and veggies.The Home Edit The Home Edit Produce Bin, $, available at The Container StoreBetter Homes & Gardens Flip Tite Food Storage SetThese BPA-free durable acrylic containers are an easy way to remember you still have fresh greens waiting for you in the fridge. Better Homes & Gardens Flip Tite Food Storage Set, $, available at WalmartOXO Good Grips 1.7-Qt. Rectangular ContainerStore your grains, seeds, and nuts in this tall clear plastic vessel — an easy way to see what’s inside. OXO Good Grips 1.7-Qt. Rectangular Container, $, available at Crate & BarrelUse turntables to make sure popular ingredients don’t get buried”Use turntables to display the most-used spices, canned goods, salad dressings, vinegar, and condiments.”The Home Edit 9″ Lazy Susan, $, available at The Container StoreThe Home Edit 2-Tier Lazy Susan, $, available at The Container StoreThe Home Edit Large Lazy Susan, $, available at The Container StoreThe Home Edit Divided Lazy Susan, $, available at The Container StoreCopco Non-Skid 2-Tier Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan, 12-Inch, $, available at AmazonCopco Non-Skid Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan, 12-Inch, $, available at AmazonEstilo Stainless Steel Lazy Susan – 2 Tier, 360-Degree Design, $, available at AmazoniDesign Cabinet TurntableThis cabinet turntable is an easy way to gain access to items usually shoved to the back of your secret snack storage. iDesign iDesign Cabinet Turntable, $, available at Bed Bath & BeyondAmbergron Clear Lazy Susan TurntableSet this on your countertop or inside your cabinet for seamless spice storage. You’ll never abandon your garlic salt again. Ambergron Ambergron Clear Lazy Susan Turntable, $, available at AmazonGourmet Basics by Mikasa Hanover Condiment CaddyA rustic iteration of the classic kitchen caddy. Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Hanover Condiment Caddy, $, available at WayfairUse clear bins to group items together”For a busy lifestyle, bins tend to be easier to maintain. They can hold dry snacks (crackers, popcorn, granola bars, chip bags), beverages, canned items, condiments, and more specific categories.”The Home Edit All-Purpose Deep Bin with Divider, $, available at The Container StoreThe Home Edit All-Purpose Bin, $, available at The Container StoremDesign Plastic Kitchen Storage Bins with Handles – 4 Pack, $, available at AmazonLifetime Appliance Parts Clear Organizer Storage BinA minimalist storage bin to make fridge organizing super easy. Lifetime Appliance Parts Clear Organizer Storage Bin, $, available at WalmartmDesign Plastic Stackable Kitchen BinsThis set of four will make life easier, meal prepping quicker, and finding that special sauce a little more effortless. mDesign mDesign Plastic Stackable Kitchen Bins, $, available at AmazoniDesign Fridge/Freeze BinzThese versatile bins are made of durable, clear plastic and are perfect for showcasing canned sparkling drinks and granola bars. iDesign Fridge/Freeze Binz, $, available at WayfairLabel your categories”Create a system of broad categories: Dinner, Breakfast, Snacks, Baking, Spices, etc. If you get too specific, your pantry will be harder to maintain (and unpacking groceries becomes a nightmare.)”The Home Edit Pantry Labels, $, available at The Container StoreSavvy & Sorted 96 Premium Chalkboard Labels with Erasable Chalk Pen, $, available at AmazonTalented Kitchen 135 Cursive Pantry Labels, $, available at AmazonTalented Kitchen 8 Black Clip Label Holders with 40 Pantry Labels, $, available at AmazonKitchen Supreme Chalkboard Labels Stickers for Storage Bins, $, available at AmazonSharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, $, available at AmazonCraftzilla Colored Masking Tape – 6 Pack of 20 Yards x 1 inch, $, available at AmazonModern Pantry Labels for Kitchen OrganizationGive your kitchen an entirely Kondo vibe with these labels. (Do you see how cute the font is?) OceanStudioFL Modern Pantry Labels for Kitchen Organization, $, available at EtsyOutus Removable Food LabelsThis set comes with 132 pieces of stickers and a pen for labeling. Use them on spice jars, clear fridge bins, and more. Outus Removable Food Labels, $, available at AmazonPopvcly Waterproof Food LabelsOrganize and decorate your pantry containers with these 132 adorable labels.Popvcly Waterproof Food Labels, $, available at WalmartLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?18 Food Storage Containers For Kitchen DominationFound: 20 Very Pleasing Storage CubesGenius Under-Bed Storage Solutions