One of the best ways to organize your pantry is according to usage. How much you do or don't use an item makes a difference in how it is stored. Here are some guidelines so you can set up your food pantry in a way that works for you!
Up High - Non everyday ingredients go up here as do things you want little ones to stay out of (candy, snacks). Maybe extra baking items? Put smaller items in small plastic or wire baskets so you can still grab easily and see what you have so you don't lose little items up there.
Eye Level - This is the shelf that you keep your every day usage things like breakfast items, beverage items like tea bags, coffee and non dairy creamer, and grab and go things like protein bars. Keep syrups or honey in a small plastic basket, so that they won't get the shelves sticky too.
In the Middle - This is a great area for your pastas, grains, vinegars, oils and other meal side dish helpers. You can see when you are getting low on something as well. If you don't have shelves in your pantry doors, keep your cans in this area stacked according to product, vegetables, fruits, canned meats or sauces. When you get low, you will know which area needs re stocking.
Down Low - Use the lower bottom of your pantry for large, pantry items such as bulk purchases, potato bags and storage jars. This way they won't way down your pantry shelves and take up valuable space.
With all of your areas in your pantry, keep like items together and sort and rotate your stock with the seasons. This will keep you from keeping that box of Jello two years after the date on the box! Like with all things, nothing is truly perfect, but, applying some of these tips will make your pantry perfect for you!