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

Olivia Harrison
·6 min read

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.

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<h3>Store loose ingredients in clear air-tight canisters</h3><br>"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."<br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> T.H.E. Small Canister .5 qt., $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-pantry-canisters%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010519" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> T.H.E. Medium Canister 1.5 qt., $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-pantry-canisters%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010519" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> T.H.E. Large Canister 2.5 qt., $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-pantry-canisters%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010519" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>Oggi</strong> 5-Piece Acrylic Canister Set with Airtight Clamp Lids, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Oggi-9322-Canister-Lids-Food-Container/dp/B000RY46G8/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

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 Store

The Home Edit T.H.E. Medium Canister 1.5 qt., $, available at The Container Store

The Home Edit T.H.E. Large Canister 2.5 qt., $, available at The Container Store

Oggi 5-Piece Acrylic Canister Set with Airtight Clamp Lids, $, available at Amazon
<h2>The Home Edit Produce Bin</h2><br>Each bin helps to keep moisture away from produce, maintaining the freshness of fruits and veggies.<br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> The Home Edit Produce Bin, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fstorage%2Fstorage-the-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-kitchen-pantry-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-produce-bin%2F123d%3FproductId%3D11012904" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a>

The Home Edit Produce Bin


Each 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 Store
<h2>Better Homes & Gardens Flip Tite Food Storage Set</h2><br>These BPA-free durable acrylic containers are an easy way to remember you still have fresh greens waiting for you in the fridge. <br><br><strong>Better Homes & Gardens</strong> Flip Tite Food Storage Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FBetter-Homes-Gardens-Flip-Tite-Food-Storage-Set-3-Canisters%2F320995374" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

Better Homes & Gardens Flip Tite Food Storage Set


These 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 Walmart
<h2>OXO Good Grips 1.7-Qt. Rectangular Container</h2><br>Store your grains, seeds, and nuts in this tall clear plastic vessel — an easy way to see what's inside. <br><br><strong>OXO Good Grips</strong> 1.7-Qt. Rectangular Container, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crateandbarrel.com%2Foxo-pop-1.7-qt.-rectangular-container%2Fs289432" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Crate & Barrel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Crate & Barrel</a>

OXO Good Grips 1.7-Qt. Rectangular Container


Store 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 & Barrel
<h3>Use turntables to make sure popular ingredients don't get buried</h3><br>"Use turntables to display the most-used spices, canned goods, salad dressings, vinegar, and condiments."<br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> 9" Lazy Susan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-9-lazy-susan%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010741" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> 2-Tier Lazy Susan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-2-tier-lazy-susan%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010526" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> Large Lazy Susan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-large-lazy-susan%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11011327" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> Divided Lazy Susan, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-divided-lazy-susan%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010527" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>Copco</strong> Non-Skid 2-Tier Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan, 12-Inch, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Copco-2555-0187-Non-Skid-Cabinet-Turntable/dp/B0036OQWT0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Copco</strong> Non-Skid Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan, 12-Inch, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Copco-2555-0190-Non-Skid-Cabinet-Turntable/dp/B0036OQWTU/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Estilo</strong> Stainless Steel Lazy Susan - 2 Tier, 360-Degree Design, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Estilo-Stainless-Steel-Lazy-Susan/dp/B00OPET1ZM/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Use 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 Store

The Home Edit 2-Tier Lazy Susan, $, available at The Container Store

The Home Edit Large Lazy Susan, $, available at The Container Store

The Home Edit Divided Lazy Susan, $, available at The Container Store

Copco Non-Skid 2-Tier Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan, 12-Inch, $, available at Amazon

Copco Non-Skid Pantry Cabinet Lazy Susan, 12-Inch, $, available at Amazon

Estilo Stainless Steel Lazy Susan - 2 Tier, 360-Degree Design, $, available at Amazon
<h2>iDesign Cabinet Turntable</h2><br>This cabinet turntable is an easy way to gain access to items usually shoved to the back of your secret snack storage. <br><br><strong>iDesign</strong> iDesign Cabinet Turntable, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bedbathandbeyond.com%2Fstore%2Fproduct%2Fidesign-reg-cabinet-turntable%2F5269409" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bed Bath & Beyond" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bed Bath & Beyond</a>

iDesign Cabinet Turntable


This 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 & Beyond
<h2>Ambergron Clear Lazy Susan Turntable</h2><br>Set this on your countertop or inside your cabinet for seamless spice storage. You'll never abandon your garlic salt again. <br><br><strong>Ambergron</strong> Ambergron Clear Lazy Susan Turntable, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ambergron-Turntable-Organizer-Bathroom-BPA-Free/dp/B08G8V3CPJ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Ambergron Clear Lazy Susan Turntable


Set 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 Amazon
<h2>Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Hanover Condiment Caddy</h2><br>A rustic iteration of the classic kitchen caddy. <br><br><strong>Gourmet Basics by Mikasa</strong> Hanover Condiment Caddy, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wayfair.com%2Fkitchen-tabletop%2Fpdp%2Fgourmet-basics-by-mikasa-hanover-condiment-caddy-gbmk1057.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wayfair</a>

Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Hanover Condiment Caddy


A rustic iteration of the classic kitchen caddy.

Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Hanover Condiment Caddy, $, available at Wayfair
<h3>Use clear bins to group items together</h3><br>"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."<br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> All-Purpose Deep Bin with Divider, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-all-purpose-deep-bin-with-divider%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010525" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> All-Purpose Bin, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-all-purpose-bin%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010524" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>mDesign</strong> Plastic Kitchen Storage Bins with Handles - 4 Pack, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/mDesign-Kitchen-Cabinet-Storage-Organizer/dp/B06XH9FNH1/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Use 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 Store

The Home Edit All-Purpose Bin, $, available at The Container Store

mDesign Plastic Kitchen Storage Bins with Handles - 4 Pack, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Lifetime Appliance Parts Clear Organizer Storage Bin</h2><br>A minimalist storage bin to make fridge organizing super easy. <br><br><strong>Lifetime Appliance Parts</strong> Clear Organizer Storage Bin, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FClear-Organizer-Storage-Bin-with-Handle-for-Kitchen-I-Best-for-Refrigerators-Cabinets-Food-Pantry-10-x-5-x-6%2F607223578" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

Lifetime Appliance Parts Clear Organizer Storage Bin


A minimalist storage bin to make fridge organizing super easy.

Lifetime Appliance Parts Clear Organizer Storage Bin, $, available at Walmart
<h2>mDesign Plastic Stackable Kitchen Bins</h2><br>This set of four will make life easier, meal prepping quicker, and finding that special sauce a little more effortless. <br><br><strong>mDesign</strong> mDesign Plastic Stackable Kitchen Bins, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/mDesign-Plastic-Stackable-Refrigerator-Container/dp/B07KYWQVM7" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

mDesign Plastic Stackable Kitchen Bins


This 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 Amazon
<h2>iDesign Fridge/Freeze Binz</h2><br>These versatile bins are made of durable, clear plastic and are perfect for showcasing canned sparkling drinks and granola bars. <br><br><strong>iDesign</strong> Fridge/Freeze Binz, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wayfair.com%2Fkitchen-tabletop%2Fpdp%2Fidesign-fridgefreeze-binz-iti3238.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wayfair</a>

iDesign Fridge/Freeze Binz


These 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 Wayfair
<h3>Label your categories<br></h3><br>"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.)"<br><br><strong>The Home Edit</strong> Pantry Labels, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.containerstore.com%2Fs%2Fkitchen%2Fthe-home-edit-collection%2Fthe-home-edit-pantry-labels%2F12d%3FproductId%3D11010742" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Container Store" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Container Store</a><br><br><strong>Savvy & Sorted</strong> 96 Premium Chalkboard Labels with Erasable Chalk Pen, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Chalkboard-Labels-Bulk-Dishwasher/dp/B078J7SK8W/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Talented Kitchen</strong> 135 Cursive Pantry Labels, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Mega-Set-110-Pantry-Labels/dp/B07MJRXJ12/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Talented Kitchen</strong> 8 Black Clip Label Holders with 40 Pantry Labels, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Talented-Kitchen-Organization-Solution-Removable/dp/B082Q3P4NR/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Kitchen Supreme</strong> Chalkboard Labels Stickers for Storage Bins, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Chalkboard-Labels-Complete-Bundle-Stickers/dp/B00MN4VRG2/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Sharpie</strong> Permanent Markers, Fine Point, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.ca%2FSharpie-30001-Permanent-Markers-Point%2Fdp%2FB00006IFHD%3Fots%3D1%26slotNum%3D1%26imprToken%3D20b8a7f4-fdb3-4f4e-192%26tag%3Drf29amazon-20%26ref_%3Dast_sto_dp%26th%3D1%26psc%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br><strong>Craftzilla</strong> Colored Masking Tape - 6 Pack of 20 Yards x 1 inch, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Colored-Masking-Tape-6-PACK-Variety/dp/B07G7C2HXC/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Label 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 Store

Savvy & Sorted 96 Premium Chalkboard Labels with Erasable Chalk Pen, $, available at Amazon

Talented Kitchen 135 Cursive Pantry Labels, $, available at Amazon

Talented Kitchen 8 Black Clip Label Holders with 40 Pantry Labels, $, available at Amazon

Kitchen Supreme Chalkboard Labels Stickers for Storage Bins, $, available at Amazon

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, $, available at Amazon

Craftzilla Colored Masking Tape - 6 Pack of 20 Yards x 1 inch, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Modern Pantry Labels for Kitchen Organization</h2><br>Give your kitchen an entirely Kondo vibe with these labels. (Do you see how cute the font is?) <br><br><strong>OceanStudioFL</strong> Modern Pantry Labels for Kitchen Organization, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F878692084%2Fmodern-pantry-labels-for-kitchen" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Modern Pantry Labels for Kitchen Organization


Give 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 Etsy
<h2>Outus Removable Food Labels</h2><br>This set comes with 132 pieces of stickers and a pen for labeling. Use them on spice jars, clear fridge bins, and more. <br><br><strong>Outus</strong> Removable Food Labels, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Removable-Stickers-Waterproof-Kitchen-Organization/dp/B08B3VFZMF" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Outus Removable Food Labels


This 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 Amazon
<h2>Popvcly Waterproof Food Labels</h2><br>Organize and decorate your pantry containers with these 132 adorable labels.<br><br><strong>Popvcly</strong> Waterproof Food Labels, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FWaterproof-Food-Labels-Adhesive-Food-Labels-Food-Storage-Freezer-Sticker-Paper-For-Kitchen-Food-Date-Safe-Supplies%2F559334312" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>

Popvcly Waterproof Food Labels


Organize and decorate your pantry containers with these 132 adorable labels.

Popvcly Waterproof Food Labels, $, available at Walmart

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