Cleaning & Organizing
14 Pantry Organization Tools You Can Totally Use
The experts weigh in with Pinterest-worthy pantry ideas!
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This is a great trick for anyone with a small pantry. You can add more space by using the back of the pantry door–simply hang thin wire shelves (or an over-the-door hanger) on the inside for storing small items like spices.
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Forget the open boxes and half-empty bags. Keep things uniform—and rustic chic—by putting dry ingredients like pasta, rice, oatmeal and other grains in glass jars. Then stick on cute handwritten labels so you know what’s what. (Save shopping time with these jar and label sets!)
Your organized pantry will even help you save $$ at the grocery store!
Not only are these wire baskets trendy, they’re also practical. You can clearly see what’s inside so you don’t have to rummage around trying to find the only brand of coffee your husband will drink.
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A Bowl Full of Lemons
All those canned vegetables and soups you have are easy to stack–but it doesn’t make for a very visually appealing pantry. Organize your cans by type (fruits, veggies, soups, etc.) then place in narrow plastic containers (like these stackable ones).
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Here’s another way to use the back of the door for extra storage. Hang an over-the-door shoe holder to act as a “snack station.” Fill the slots with wrapped or bagged snacks (pretzels, homemade snack mix, granola bars, etc.) to grab n’ go.
Give half-eaten bags of chips a home! Just stick Command hooks on the side of the pantry. You can hang bags from the hooks by the hole in your chip clip. So easy!
Decor and the Dog
This is the ultimate grocery list! Paint the interior doors of your pantry with chalkboard paint. Just update the board each week with what you have in stock or need to buy. It can double as a menu, too.
This would be a huge help when you meal plan.
Honey Bear Lane
The corner of your pantry can be difficult to organize–what can you put there that won’t get buried in the back or fit awkwardly? The solution: a lazy Susan! The spinning wheel is perfect for a corner space and prevents anything from being forgotten.
Putting food into pretty jars and containers has one downside: You lose the cooking instructions that are typically on the original packaging. To avoid that (and avoid ruining your next dinner), attach labels to your new containers with directions for things like rice, grains and oats. Grab a label maker and get started!
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Savvy Spice Packets
Goodbye piles of spice packets strewn throughout the pantry! Pick up a plain wood box from your local craft store and paint to your liking (this example uses a colored stain). It’s the perfect size to store your packets.
Gather and Flourish
Both pretty and practical, labels are a must for any Pinterest-worthy pantry. You can use chalkboard labels or stickers if you want the option to change it up. But for a more permanent version, we love these trendy printables that you can transfer onto glass.
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Magnetic Spice Rack
If you keep your spices in your pantry, stick them to the inside of the door. You can easily DIY this organizer with a cookie sheet and mini magnetic containers. Don’t forget the labels!
Put your spices to work in our tasty Parmesan-Bacon Bubble Bread.
So you know baskets and containers lead to a perfect pantry. But how do you decide what goes where? Here’s a great rule of thumb: Put rarely used items higher up, then canned vegetables, sauces, etc. Keep what you use every day at eye level.
Up next: How to organize your freezer
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