ROYGBIV inspired pantry


Some people like to do yoga or read a book to relax. I personally prefer pantry organization. There is something so satisfying about cleaning everything out, purging old items, and making sure opened items are properly stored (to each their own, folks). So when Rubbermaid asked if we wanted to partner on a pantry project, the answer was clearly YES, WHEN CAN WE START (*This is a paid partnership with Rubbermaid; all opinions remain 100% our own). So now we’re going to show YOU how to assemble the perfect pinterest-worthy pantry using the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE canisters combined with some of our favorite bins and supplies. These canisters are a pantry game-changer since they are crystal clear, leak-proof, air tight, and completely modular.

STEP 1: We’ve said it before and we will say it 100000 more times – you need to take it all out. No cheating! Don’t leave a single thing on the shelf.

STEP 2: Create groupings out of your items. In my pantry, my groupings are Baking, Cooking, Dinner, Breakfast, Cereal, Snacks, Snacks, Snacks…..and snacks. Also, wet ingredients like oils, condiments, and sauces.

STEP 3: Figure out what belongs in bins and what deserves a canister. Your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and dry ingredients are great canister candidates. Boxes of crackers, bags of chips, and cereal your children talked you into getting “just this once,” are better off being stored in a bin so they can be easily swapped out.

STEP 4: Pick the canisters that appropriately fit your items, and leave you a little bit of room for refills as needed. I particularly love the small (1.3 cup) size because it doubles as a snack cup for my kids. A canister cup combo is the kind of efficient storage that organizers get really excited about. The largest sizes work perfectly for everyday cereals, flour, and sugar; and the smaller sizes are great for dried fruit, nuts and grains. You can even integrate the BRILLIANCE lunch containers to hold snacks you plan on taking to go. Lastly, in order to maximize the height of each shelf, stack vertically or line-up front to back to take advantage of the depth.

STEP 5: Add a label! I used a Sharpie paint marker, but EXPO Dry-Erase Markers work just as well and offer less permanent options. Similar to how you choose categories based on staple items versus one-off items, you want to assign your labels in the same way. I always have pistachios on-hand so I created a specific label, but I don’t want to commit to walnuts so I chose a generic “nuts” instead.

STEP 6: Make the rest of your family move out so they don’t touch a thing. Kidding! Unless of course they are willing to, and then you might want to consider it as an option. Alternatively, you can walk-through your carefully thought out systems with anyone who lives in your house so that they can take part in the on-going maintenance

You’ll notice my pantry is fully rainbowed out, but that is optional… It personally makes me happy, and my kids can easily find the snack they’re looking for without tearing everything apart.

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  1. Hi Clea, love the pantry makeover, especially the rainbow! Is this your only pantry? Asking because there’s no juice, water or fizzy drinks and those are the bane of my existence to store, especially large 2 litre ones! – any creative solutions? Also what are the dimensions of the pantry (width and depth of the shelves and height in between)? Thanks x

  2. Wow! You’re handwriting is perfect! I always thought you used labels made from a cricut machine! ????

  3. Containers are the best! I took my empty rice container to Whole Foods, I asked at customer service and they weighed them empty and told me the tare to give the check out person. I went to the bulk food area and filled my containers to the brim, gave it to the check out person and told them the tare. No waste and no plastic!!

  4. I have a 3 ft deep by 2.5 ft wide pantry that is 8 ft tall, separated by cabinet doors (instead of full length doors) into three stacking sections. To reach into the back swallows me up to my waist and I need a ladder to reach the back of the top section, even though I’m not short (I’m 5’8”). I’m a renter so I can’t rip it out/convert it into a small walk-in, which would suit it better. Extra long/deep bins are still never long enough. How do I organize such a space that feels like an abyss?

  5. I love these Rubbermaid Brilliance containers!! Like it’s almost dad how happy they make me! I used Expo Dry Erase markers to label them, but my question is how to I remove it? I can’t seem to get it to erase! Help!

    1. I find the dry erase markers come off w/ a little bit of nail polish remover. A super quick wipe and then rinse with soapy water. Works to mark wine glasses too!

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