13 Pantry Organization Tools You Can Totally Use
The experts weigh in with Pinterest-worthy pantry organization ideas!
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This is a great trick for anyone with a small pantry. See Vanessa Craft shows us how to 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. Another benefit? Your organized pantry will help you save $$ at the grocery store!
Forget the open boxes and half-empty bags. 100 Days of Real Food knows how to 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. (These jar and label sets are perfect!)
All those canned vegetables and soups you have are easy to stack—but it doesn’t make for a very visually-appealing pantry. A Bowl Full of Lemons shows us how to organize your cans by type (fruits, veggies, soups, etc.) then place in narrow plastic containers (like these stackable ones).
Give half-eaten bags of chips a home, thanks to this genius idea from Fennell Seeds. 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! (We’ve got recipes to help use up those potato chips, too.)
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 from Honeybear Lane: a lazy Susan! The spinning wheel is perfect for a corner space and prevents anything from being forgotten. Here are a bunch more genius ways to use a lazy Susan in your kitchen.
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), Cookin’ Canuck attaches labels to containers with directions for things like rice, grains and oats. Grab a label maker and get started!
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 from Two Twenty One uses a colored stain). It’s the perfect size to store your packets. DIY even more with these homemade spice blends.
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 from Mom Endeavors: Put rarely used items higher up, then canned vegetables, sauces, etc. Keep what you use every day at eye level.