Easy pantry organization ideas to help control the clutter, and make sure everything is easily accessible.
Organizing and cleaning are my coping strategies when life gets stressful. Anyone else? Pantry organization, in particular, is at the top of the list because when it gets messy, chaos ensues.
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Our Kitchen Pantry
Keeping my pantry space under control makes my entire household operate more smoothly.
Our pantry is in the back hallway of our house, right off the kitchen.
It is a fairly large pantry with wire shelves that provide a lot of space for storing our pantry staples.
It has a door, but because we pop in and out of the pantry so frequently, the door is almost always left open for convenience. This makes pantry organization even more important.
Bins, Baskets & Jars
I bought several clear bins for the sole purpose of organizing my pantry, but I also rounded up various baskets from around my house to use, too.
This saved me some money and cleared some clutter from other areas of the house where these baskets weren’t necessarily needed anymore.
Before investing in new pantry containers, first shop your house to see what items you already own that can be put to better use in your own pantry.
Look for storage ideas such as:
- woven or wire baskets
- clear jars and glass containers
- plastic containers or tubs
- spice jars
Creative Ideas for Pantry Storage
Once you’ve sourced the best storage solutions you can find from around your house, think about some pantry organization DIY ideas.
With just a little bit of pretty peel-and-stick paper, you can customize your own containers out of plain dollar store containers or even cardboard boxes. This custom route is a great way add some flair to the rest of your space.
These DIY rolling pantry crates were the inspiration for my entire pantry organization project. Once I got these beauties up and running, it made me want to tackle the rest of the disorganized pantry, too.
Rolling crates are an amazing pantry organization idea. They add extra storage under the pantry shelves, and they easily glide out (thanks to the casters) from under the bottom shelf for easy access.
Their generous size makes them a great place for storing bulk goods and larger pantry items.
One rolling crate is fully stocked with coffee right now. Because running out of coffee is not okay. ☕️
–> Go HERE for my easy tutorial on how to make your own rolling pantry crates.
Make Use of the Vertical Space
Since I am not especially tall, the very top shelf of my pantry is hard for me to reach. By placing smaller food items in these little baskets, I can reach up and pull the whole basket down for easier access.
Clear containers on the higher shelves hold items for my baking habit, such as sprinkles, cupcake liners, food coloring, birthday candles, etc. I can lift these bins down and easily carry them to the kitchen counter when baking.
We use a Lazy Susan to hold our coffee syrups and another for our vitamins. These are great for small pantry makeovers because you can easily access items on all sides with just a little spin.
Food Storage Containers
I have several of these food storage canisters that I use for sugar, flour, pasta, rice, etc. They keep food fresh, and are easy to see when items need to be restocked.
Because they are stackable, they make maximize your pantry space.
I really like having labels on all my pantry containers.
They add to the tidy appearance of the pantry but are also helpful when unloading items from the grocery store. The labels make it really clear where things should go and prevents things from just getting dumped anywhere on the shelves.
They also make it easy when looking for a particular ingredient or creating a grocery shopping list, because all the items of a similar kind or purpose are together.
If you’re looking to see if you have spaghetti sauce, you know exactly where to look. If it isn’t in that one certain bin, then you know you need to add it to your list, rather than hunting through every shelf all over the pantry.
Back of the Pantry Door
Don’t forget about the valuable real estate on the back of your pantry door, especially if your pantry has limited space.
I use the back of my door to hang my aprons using a hook like this, but here are some other back-of-the-door storage solutions:
I love a little organization and spring cleaning, how about you?
Just giving everything a thorough cleaning, tossing out the clutter that gathered over the winter, and putting everything in its proper place makes the whole house feel fresh and bright.
My office closet is next on my list. I’m working on a whole new closet organization system that I can’t wait to share with you soon!
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PS. If you’re really in the organizing mood, you might like THIS post on how to tidy up your linen closet and bathroom drawers, plus check out the links below for a dozen more organization ideas!
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Pantry Organization Resources:
Because they are clear, it’s easy to see what’s in them. Plus they wash up really easily if anything gets leaky inside them, and the adhesive chalkboard labels I used stick really well on them.
I ordered these plastic bins from Amazon in a variety of sizes.
I used the sticky labels above on my plastic storage bins, but I used these with clips on a lot of the baskets that I used in my pantry.
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