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.
Welcome to the 2nd Fabulous Friday Link Party Blog Hop. The Fabulous Friday Link Party is where you can find the best posts from dozens of home bloggers every Friday.
Four times a year the six hosts each pick a regularly participating blogger to join in the blog hop.
February is a month for cleaning and organization and this blog hop is dedicated to inspiring and helping you unleash your own cleaning and organizing brilliance. Be sure to visit all twelve posts. — so many unique ideas, tricks, and hints. They are all listed at the bottom of the post.
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.
I use a chalk pen and simple labels like these, but if you want to go the extra mile, a label maker is a great idea for creating professional-looking labels.
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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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.
iDesign Plastic Storage Bin with Lid, BPA-Free, 14.5″ x 8″ x 4″, Set of 2, Clear
mDesign Plastic Stackable Kitchen Pantry Food Storage Bins. BPA Free, 16″ Long, 4 Pack – Clear
mDesign Plastic Storage Organizer Container Bins – Large for Organizing Snacks, Produce, Vegetables, Pasta Food – 2 Pack – Clear
Non-skid pantry Lazy Susan Turntable
10 Piece Airtight Food Storage Container Set
Elfa Wire Mesh Storage Drawer Unit- White.
Chalkboard Labels 173 Pack, Pantry and Storage Stickers for Jars: Set w/ 2 Markers
12 Mini Chalkboard Wooden Label Clips
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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49 thoughts on “Easy DIY Pantry Organization Ideas”
Oh wow, well done, what an awesome job you have done. It’s very satisfying to see such a well-organized pantry. I now only have one large wooden cupboard and as its pretty compact I can see everything at a glance. Thanks for sharing this at SSPS.
Thanks so much, Esmé! I hope it stays tidy now. 🙂
I imagine most don’t think to shop their home first when organizing ~ great tip to save money!
Niky, your pantry organization is inspiring me to do a little refresh in our pantry! I love the rolling crate idea. What a great way to use the floor space and keep it tidy at the same time! Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration!
Lucky you to have a huge pantry and it looks fabulous Niky! I love your organizing suggestion including the rolling crates! I have one I made from a wine crate that’s so easy to roll out of the way when cleaning.
OH, a rolling wine crate sounds fabulous! Thanks for stopping by, Michelle!
I so wish we had a separate room for a real pantry — all I have is a small closet! All great ideas. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen
Niki, Those rolling crates! Wow, they are so amazing! I think I am going to have to make some myself. Your pantry looks so nice and organized. Mine looks like a zoo but you have given me such great ideas. -Meagan
Mine gets to looking like a zoo, and then I have to tame it again! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Niky – First I wish I had a pantry then I’d be all in on organizing. Those crates, I was ready to click and order, love that you made them but I seriously wanted them NOW. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
The crates are a game-changer, and so easy to make. So glad you liked them, Regina. 🙂
So many great ideas for pantry organization and I love the back of the door ideas.
Thanks so much, Michele!
I think keeping my pantry organized is one of my favorite organizing projects. Like you my door is open a lot and keeping it tidy is important to me. I love the rolling crates. I’m going to put my husband on that project ASAP. Thanks so much for joining us in this blog hop.
I’m glad you found something useful, and that your hubby is happy to oblige! 🙂
Great pantry organization! Once I labelled all my baskets and bins it made a world of difference. (Amazing that hubs didn’t just mind read where things were supposed to go). I am so going to make a set of rolling bins for the floor. Brilliant!
It was great to have you hopping with us today. Really enjoy having you link up regularly at Fabulous Friday Link Parties!
I am so honored to have been invited to join all of you talented ladies! Such a fun hop and so many good ideas!
Niky, my pantry is the same style as yours. I love the wooden rolling crates. They are great. I have bins under mine. I much rather have something that rolls and on the look out to even make something. Love those clip on labels too.
I’m so glad you found something useful, Tammy! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Great job with organizing your pantry! I love the crates on wheels! I have two in my linen closet and they are so handy! Donna
CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at A Themed Linkup 55 for Handcrafted Jewelry from my previous linkup for Cleaning and Organizing!
Looks awesome, love those rolling crates! Thanks so much for linking up with me at A Themed Linkup 54 for Cleaning and Organizing. Pinned!
What a beautifully organized pantry!
Thank you so much, Joanne!
It is anxious times, but oh the organising is a good by product. Take care.
It’s definitely time to tackle mine again, so I will have to borrow some of these ideas! Pinned.
WOW!! I just LOVE how you did your pantry! I have bookmarked this for ideas for mine. Thank you for the detailed photos and post. ~Adrienne from Gluten Free Preppers and a member of the Blogger’s Pit Stop Crew
I get so much satisfaction from organization projects! Your pantry looks lovely and I bet it’s so refreshing!
Some really great ideas here! I’m loving the crates on casters!
I’m well impressed with your organisation skills. i have a couple of wine crates and a tonne of castor wheels in the shed to use, think I will be doing something similar myself soon.Thanks for joining in with #PoCoLo Hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Post shared on twitter also.
We are on the same page–I’ve been sharing an organization series and just finished my pantry and linen cabinet too! 😉 Great tips–thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
We are in the process of remodeling our home and we turned the washroom into the Pantry for added space but there isn’t a lot of room in there and its hard to get in and out of with the Shelves so I need to rethink things and may make some of the Rolling Carts not only for the Pantry but my office as they can be used in any room of the house including the Living Room with throws.
Your pantry looks great Niky! Those crates are an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing all the inspiration, and happy New Year!
I LOVE neat. I love the clear bins. Some people will never catch on to any storage system and just rely on what they can see. You showed many photos of the project which is very helpful. And, I want a Dry Goods sign for myself!
Oh, I love those rolling crates! I organized my friend’s pantry a couple months ago and I checked on it the other day: she is keeping it up!
Looks great…mine is s started but you gave me so many ideas
Getting started is the hardest part, and you’ve already conquered that! Glad I could provide some inspiration.
I love a pretty pantry and yours certainly fits the bill. I love it. Thank you for sharing with #OMHGWW. I have pinned for future reference
Great panty organization! I’m so impressed and plan to work on my organization again. I need some reorganizing.
I love pantry organization and yours is gorgeous. You can find anything in there and I love the lazy Susan. Are you prepping for winter? These are adorable. Thanks for sharing at #omhgww. I will socialize your article if buttons are provided.
Wow, wow, wow! That is my dream pantry! I have great intentions to be organized but it quickly goes to he@# in a hand basket once I get groceries. Thanks for the inspiration!
Wow, wow, wow!! That’s my dream pantry! I’m great at starting to be organized, but after I get groceries my good intentions go to hell in a hand basket! Thanks for the inspiration
Hahaha, you made me laugh Raegan! I totally hear ya though. When you’re in a rush, tired, and come home with all those groceries, it’s hard not to just dump them all on a shelf and call it done!
Thanks for stopping by!
I am jealous of that large pantry! You did a great job! I’m laughing by the Jim Beam is in with the oils. I get it! Lol!
Amy, oh it’s so funny that you noticed that! My husband saw it in the picture after he read my post and commented about it, too! He wondered if anyone else would notice! 😂 In our defense, that is in there because it’s an ingredient in our very favorite Brussels Sprouts with Maple Bourbon Glaze recipe! I got tired of going downstairs to get it from the bar, because we make those Brussels so often, so I ended up just leaving it there in the pantry!
Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!
I wish I could hire you! I’m not feeling motivated for much at the moment…
I hear you Jeanne. I’m writing a post right this minute about how realizing we won’t be able to host Easter dinner for the family like we normally do has me feeling a little down and unmotivated today. I think it’s normal in this situation to be up and down, and lack some motivation. I push myself to keep doing stuff because it helps distract me from my worry. I’d gladly come do your pantry if it weren’t for “social distancing”. 🙂
Wishing you peace and health,
This is very inspiring and, trust me, my pantry needs some serious intervention!