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Shea McGee’s favorite storage trend will keep your pantry organized

The designer-approved trend dominated pantries last year – and it’s not going anywhere in 2022

Shea McGee's pantry with glass containers and jars with food
(Image credit: Studio McGee Design / Lucy Call Photography)

It is easy to see the appeal behind the decanting trend. The movement is responsible for the organization of pantries worldwide, including designer Shea McGee's. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the trend that is admired by the Dream Home Makeover star is more than just a fad. Instead, the decanting is set to prevail in pantries this season (and likely, beyond). 

But what exactly does this pantry idea involve? And how can you get involved the Studio McGee way? In discussion with H&G, Shea revealed what you need to know. 

Shea McGee’s decanting trend 

Shea McGee's pantry with glass containers and jars with food

(Image credit: Studio McGee Design / Lucy Call Photography)

Decanting may be best associated with wine, but as Shea suggests, it has its place in the pantry too. The trend involves removing food items from their wrapping and placing them in matching containers for a seamless aesthetic. 

‘Using jars and canisters in your kitchen or pantry is a simple way to elevate the feeling of your space and make even the simplest of ingredients worth putting on display,’ Shea says.‘I like using jars for the essentials like oats, flour, and sugar and styling them on the kitchen countertop or in open shelving for everyday access.’

Decanting is the simplest – but arguably the most impactful step in organizing a pantry, but as Shea suggests, the trend has a purpose beyond your pantry door. 

1. Use jars to style your shelves

Shea McGee's pantry with glass containers and jars with food

(Image credit: Studio McGee Design / Lucy Call Photography)

Shea expands on the decanting trend in her blog (opens in new tab), explaining that you should use jars and canisters to accentuate everyday ingredients. ‘You can style them anywhere from the pantry to your countertop to open shelving,’ Shea says. She adds that, alongside their good looks, they will maintain the food’s freshness for longer.  

2. Experiment with baskets – and glass containers  

Shea McGee's pantry with glass containers and jars with food

(Image credit: Studio McGee Design / Lucy Call Photography)

Thoughts of the decanting trend may include visions of glass containers and jars. However, Shea urges you to expand your kitchen storage ideas to include baskets. 

‘Try using them to store loose snacks for grab-and-go access, under the sink to store cleaning products, or in open shelving to store extra kitchen linens,’ Shea suggests. The designer adds that the containers will make your pantry feel more coherent – and consequently easier to navigate.  

This pantry storage idea is a trend that is certainly here to stay.

Megan Slack
News Editor

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.