What does your pantry look like?

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t have a pantry 🙁 

Post # 4
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m jealous!  Our apartment has no pantry and I miss having one so much!  I feel like we always have piles of boxes and cans of food all over the countertop…once FI and I are married and have a home, a pantry will be a requirement! 🙂

Post # 6
3406 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

mine is messy but organized! lol baking crap 1 rack, spices another, cans another ect. We can always find everything though 🙂

Post # 7
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I actually have a picture of mine!  I cleaned and organized it a couple weeks ago, so it’s in particularly nice shape right now.  My organization scheme is baking stuff on the top shelf; sauces and pastas on the next one down; cans, spices, and wine glasses on the second to the bottom shelf; tea, coffee, and mugs on the bottom shelf; and miscellanious stuff (paper towels, alcohol, vases) on the floor).

Post # 9
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine looks like a hot mess, I don’t even wanna show a pic. XD Our apartment was built in the 60s, so our pantry is really narrow but the shelves are really DEEP. It looks ridiculous, lol. Still, it’s so disorganized that I know where literally everything is. XD

Post # 10
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t have a pantry either. In fact, I haven’t lived in a house with a pantry since I was a child and we had a big walk-in one with marble shelves. I do have a very nice, large kitchen with custom built maple cupboards with shelves and our food is kept in a range of cupboards. Provided you open the right one, it looks quite tidy! 

Post # 11
1346 posts
Bumble bee

My SO and I live in a 400 sq foot apartment and have a linen closet in our bedroom that we’ve turned into a pantry but we also have a drawer in our kitchen we use as a pantry for things we use more frequently. We also built a shelf with backing and attached it to the window frame in our kitchen that we use for spices and herbs. We’ve had be be very creative with storage.


Post # 12
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

After reading some of these posts, I’m so glad my apt has even a small pantry. There are four shelves, and I have it organized by categories. Top shelf is the snacks; second shelf is boxed goods and other dry items like noodles; third shelf is canned goods; and fourth shelf is kitchen stuff like aluminum foil. Then on the storage space underneath I have a small container bin of rice and next to it I keep my cartons of chicken stock. 

Post # 13
873 posts
Busy bee

my pantry used to be a small bathroom, it has saloon doors and shelving to the cieling. right now it is a little messy but it is organized by food type on each shelf. I absolutely love having a pantry, it really gave me that needed extra space

Post # 14
2227 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am overly anal retentive so the pantry has been recently cleaned out.  Its a walk in with shelving on two out of the three walls.  The most accesible shelves hold the things we use the most i.e. cereal/breakfast stuff and snacks.  I take snacks that are in boxes & individually packed stuff and put them in these white wire baskets from the Container Store i.e. granola bars, applesauce, etc.  Soup mixes, tuna packets, sauce packets all have their own basket as well.

Small electric appliances are on the top shelf i.e. toaster, blender, slow cooker, etc.  And than I fill in the rest of the space by category, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, canned vegetables, baking supplies, coffee and tea supplies, cooking oils, dog treats, water bottles/plastic pitchers etc.  Their order is based on what we use the most.  Like baking supplies are on a higher shelf on the back wall as its harder to get to and we don’t use it often.  On the floor we have bins for potatoes, onions & dog food.  I definitely need wine storage as the wine just sits on the floor right now. :/

And now that we have LO coming I hung a plastic bin on two S hooks from the bottom shelf to store baby’s stuff since the shelves are pretty full.  That bin is already full so I will probably add another one soon.  Great way to utilize space since our shelves start at about 3 feet off the ground without adding more shelving.  I plan to hang the plastic pitchers from S hooks as well.  Just have to remember when I am at the hardware store to pick some up!

Post # 15
2690 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Mine isn’t really organized right now but it looks like it is.  At least it’s functional.  I don’t have a pic of it.

Post # 16
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We live in a house built in 1980.  It has an uber-small kitchen… with practically NO STORAGE (we are planning to renovate within the year… rip her right back to the drywall)

In the meantime, I have an open shelving thin pantry space in the Kitchen (maybe 3 inches deep)… this is where I store things like spices, oils, vinegars, etc.

We took a smallish hall closet that we weren’t using effectively in our near-by Mud Room and put in open-wire shelving from Rubbermaid (heavy duty stuff can hold a ton of weight).  And have made it our now very practical Pantry.

Ours is very similar to the picture that SadieBee: supplied above.

Top shelf is rarely used items for entertaining / small appliances.

Next shelf paper goods… Napkins, Papertowel, etc.

The 2 middle shelves are for Bottles, Jars, Cans, and Canisters, and some boxed dry goods (Pasta, Tea, etc).  Everything is organized by topic… so for example I have all my Baking Goods corralled into a box.  When it comes time to bake, I just carry the whole box to the Kitchen.

The very bottom shelf is where I keep heavier items and misc stuff… Pop, Bottled Water, Cleaning Supplies (Being in the Laundry Room / Mudroom Area, means this is where I stow things like spare bottles of Detergent etc)

Converting this closet has been a god-send.  After our NEW Kitchen goes in, I’m not sure if we’ll need it or not.  The nice thing is that with the Rubbermaid System, I can reinvent the space again if I need to.

Hope this helps,


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