Pantry organization!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

How tall are your shelves?

I found a lot of my space was wasted vertically so I installed risers and hanging baskets to hold an additional row of stuff and items such as packets, bags etc that didnt want to stay nice and neat. 

Also, containers with labels that are stackable. I got mine at the dollar store. You can use a stick on it to label it so you can change it or just buy some chalkboard paint to paint a square on the front so you can erase it as needed. this is especially good for rices, pastas, dried beans.

This is good for cereal

And for beans, rices etc you need to measure with a scoop anyways. The fact they are stackable is key!  You can buy more expensive ones, but it can get pricey to do it all at once and honestly these work just as well and sometimes better because they do stack. the pretty class and plastic ones are usually too tall to stack and waste space.

 

If you tend to keep an inventory or certain canned items (like beans, tomatoes, soups, broth) this works great

Also for your spices it helps to have a lazy susan and keep the spices alphabetical so you know where to find what you need. Alternatively you can keep them in a basket and label the tops with a permanent marker so you can slide the basket out and easily see what you need without rumaging and making a mess

ooh I found a pic of the spice thing. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We live in a house that was built in the 1980s, so it didn’t have a seperate pantry… the kitchen is uber small, and doesn’t even have a lot of cupboard or counter space.

To compensate, we tore apart a hall closet that we rarely use… took out the hanging rod, and put in heavy-duty shelving from Home Depot, and made this 8.0 Ft High x 2.5 Ft Wide x 1.5 Ft Deep space into something more useful.

I don’t have any pics… and as I said it isn’t that exciting / pretty… just ulitarian. 

We have tho organized places for things… rarely used items on the Closet’s original top wooden shelf, and down at floor level stacked up cases of Pop and Bottled Water.  The shelving in between and things are grouped together by category so we can find them easy, and also know at a glance what we are out of / running low on… so Cans & Jars (like Pasta Sauce, Soups, Canned Tomatoes, etc) – Dry Goods (like Boxed Pasta, Side Dishes etc) – A Box that corrals all my Baking Goods (convenient when I bake I just bring the whole box to the Kitchen) – Canisters (for items like Sugars, Rice, Flour etc). 

Any how it isn’t pretty for sure… but it works for us.  One of the best things we ever did to update this house.  Period.

Now my NEXT HOUSE (dream house, lol) will most certainly have a Pantry… maybe even a walk-in one, and it will be in the Kitchen or right off of it (would LOVE to have a house with both a food pantry & a Butler’s Pantry !!)

I have lots of pics pinned over on Pinterest… just need to win the Lottery, to make it happen.

😉 *wink*

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @ThreeMeers:  oooh, lovin the Spice Label idea.  My spices are in my kitchen (not the Pantry I described above)… but having labels on top would make sorting thru them soooo much easier / see at different angles.  I am gonna do this.  Thanks for sharing !!

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lisha_1988:  a lot of the above ideas will still help you a lot, even with a regular height cabinet/pantry. Think of a can of food and its only 1/3 the height of a box of cereal. you can use that space better for sure.

Also if depth is your problem and you own the house it may worth adding in some pull out shelving. There are the kind that will replace your shelves or you can add to your shelves

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Agree with @ThreeMeers: on pull out shelving, be it wooden ones you have made / fitted… or the metal ones she’s shown that you purchase, they are a godsend for those standard Builder’s Pantry Kitchen Cabinets that are tall (floor to ceiling), narrow and deep and so common in so many homes.  Can save one a lot of time and energy always digging around in them.

The Pull Out Shelving is certainly an investment (be it money or labour) but well worth it.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ll just link you to my Pinterest organization board for lots of links and examples for organizing lol.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Shoeboxes instead of baskets can also be used for small things.  That way they also stack.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I recommend the metal pull outs.  I have no pantry so we use a cabinet in our kitchen.  It is low and deep.  The pull outs are a life saver so i can see everything I have in there.  I also use clear plastic containers for things like cereal and pasta. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love OXO pop up containers — they’re not cheap tho.  I also picked up a cheap container from target to toss all of our tea boxes in.  Oh, and we got a kuerig k cup organizer as well.  SOOOOOOOOO much better than several boxes loose in the pantry

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Great ideas on organization, bees.  One other thing to consider – declutter!  I realized I had some (badly) expired items in the back of my closet and spices, etc.  Go through the pantry and see if you really need to squeeze all of the items in (old cans to ugly pieces from relatives), before you buy any organizers.  Once you’ve cut down the pile, then look for ways to organize.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @kay01:  Good tip.  We follow the “first in first out rule” (make / take the time to rotate our Pantry stock when we buy new things).  I also like to date things… keep a sharpie near the Pantry.  And I try once very 6 months to a year, to empty out the whole thing, and give everything a once over.  Inevitably something has gotten shoved into a corner and forgotten… like an unopened jar of Mayo, or a Salad Dressing, that now is past due.  Headed right to recycling!!

But overall my Pantry serves me well… always having stuff on hand to eat, or make into something else (including basics & staples).  And since we’ve put it in, we’ve probably saved money on Groceries too, cause we now KNOW what we have, and also take advantage of buying things on sale, and have a place to store an “extra”.

 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Or pantry is small (nothing like the pantry we had in our apartment, which was HUGE).  But we make it work.  I try and keep it organized as I hate clutter.  It works for me.  I try to keep like things together so I know where something is at all times.  I also like to keep bigger items on the bottom and smaller items on top for easier time accessing them.

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