Busy Philipps’ Newly Organized Pantry Is a Rainbow Explosion

updated May 24, 2019
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I love to rearrange things — my collection of cookbooks (which I have made many attempts to organize by color instead of by type of cuisine), the jumble of black boots in the back of my closet, even all the tiny hand lotions from hotel bathrooms I’ve accumulated over the years.

So when I saw that Busy Philipps (of Freaks and Geeks fame and best friend to Michelle Williams) had posted a picture of her newly reorganized pantry on Instagram, I felt a tingle of excitement. Not only is the pantry’s contents arranged according to the colors of the rainbow, but we also get a peek inside the kitchen of a true Hollywood role model.

Let’s start with the basics: The top shelf of the pantry holds all her cookbooks, which, in keeping with the rainbow theme, have been arranged from hot pink at one end all the way to navy blue at the other. The next shelf contains all her seasonings, salad dressings (even the green and blue labels on the bottles were arranged in an ombre pattern), syrups, and nut butters. I immediately noticed that she uses my favorite hot sauce, Cholula, and she keeps a supply of Heinz ketchup and Hershey’s chocolate syrup on hand. Stars: they’re just like us, right?

Below that, she’s got jarred tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar (which, in case you didn’t know, is not only a health drink but also a natural cleaning agent that I’ve used to remove coffee stains from my mugs), different types of soy sauce, and a collection of vegetable oils in glass bottles.

Pro-organizers will love what comes next: Clear plastic bins on the bottle shelf are labeled with different categories like “breakfast,” “baking,” and “snacks.” Swoon.

Of course, her pantry wasn’t always be this pristine: Swipe to the next picture, where Philipps reveals just how cluttered the closet used to be, and you won’t feel so bad about your messy kitchen. I know from experience that navigating a cluttered pantry can be like playing a game of Tetris. If just one piece is out of place, the whole thing falls apart.

Luckily, Philipps shared her color-coded and super-tidy pantry, so you might as well face your fears, open that closet you’ve been avoiding, and get organizing.