Have you ever been sucked into a vortex of kitchen organization videos on TikTok and Youtube? I know I have. There’s just something about placing each and every item in order and in uniform containers that resonate with me on a whole different level. We’re dealing with food here, so it’s best to keep things clean and organized to prevent waste and spoilage. Pantries are mostly a thing found in countries such as America where bulk buying is a thing. However, I think it’s slowly getting traction here in the Philippines; especially for bigger families with lots of mouths to feed. It’s usually a small closet space where people can store dry goods and other food items that don’t need to be refrigerated. Today, we’ll be tackling the basics of setting up the perfect pantry.

Plan Ahead

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Estimate the amount of space you have in your pantry and plan ahead! Measure the shelf space and height of every nook and cranny. There’s nothing more infuriating than buying a set of organizers and realizing they don’t fit in the built-in shelves. Does your family eat a lot of pasta? Then allot a bigger space for it. Dedicate specific areas for a specific group of food item. Also, a key tip is to place items with nearing expiration dates along eye level so you don’t forget to use them up!

Get Good Organizers

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There are a ton of organizers available online. Choose whatever tickles your fancy or matches your aesthetic. What you cannot scrimp on is the quality of containers. In order to make things more uniform, a lot of us will opt to place goods such as flour, rice, and pasta in clear, identical containers. Make sure to get air-tight containers to avoid contamination; or worse, bug infestations. Ants are sneaky little things. They managed to munch their way into one of my cheap, reusable plastic containers and eat through my secret chocolate stash.

Labels are Your Best Friend

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I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been too lazy to properly label food items once I transferred them in different containers. And now, I have trust issues when it comes to flour, cornstarch, and  baking powder. You don’t have to get those fancy-schmancy labelling machines. Not unless that’s your jam. In which case, go right ahead. Just don’t forget to write down each item’s expiration date!

Make it Bug Proof

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Speaking of ants and other creepy crawlies, make sure to create a bug-proof pantry closet. It is such a huge hassle to control ant and roach infestations. Not to mention, quite disgusting. Make sure to properly seal and cover any potential entry spaces. Check the space under the door! Keep the shelves clean and free from any food spills. If you want to take it to the next step, paint your pantry walls with Boysen Bug Off Anti-Insect Paint.

Boysen Bug Off

Boysen Bug Off is an anti-insect paint that is formulated with Artilin Anti-Insect Technology. You can read more on the product here. In a nutshell, you paint Boysen Bug Off onto your walls and any insect pest that crawl on it will meet its maker. It comes in a flat white finish which can be tinted into pastel shades using Boysen Latex Colorants.

Final Notes

Finally, keep things dry and ventilated. We live in an especially humid country. You don’t want to go through food items just to find mold growing all over them. Either place a small ventilation fan in the pantry closet if you can, or invest in dehumidifiers like moisture-absorbing desiccant gels.

Do you have other tips and tricks for setting up the perfect pantry? Type it in the comments down below! If you have any other question regarding paints and colors, send us an email at ask@myboysen.com. We’re always happy to help. Happy organizing!


Inah is an avid overplanner with a manic desire to organize everything. She dedicates most of her time and attention to her two chunky dogs, Prince and Peanut. If there's a bit of extra time on hand, she will spring clean her entire house.

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