Hi all! It has taken me almost three years to get my pantry where I want it. We moved from a much smaller home at that time. But the larger house came with a smaller pantry! I didn’t think it would be such a struggle to make it work, but it certainly has been. I wrangled with every possible arrangement.
I only use one label. When I’ve emptied a container, I like to wash it before refilling it, which means removing the label. The containers are all see-through. For me labels are just another thing to maintain without serving any purpose. I keep a label on the corn meal only because my husband might get confused about what it is. We use the containers and bins regularly and know what goes in them.
Organizing your home is a unique process. Everyone has different needs, different supplies, and different real estate to work with. This post is only an attempt to give additional ideas that you might want to use.
The first organizer I purchased right away was this door shelving from the Container Store. I store small items on the top shelves that would probably get lost in the pantry. The bottom shelves are mostly bottles of liquids that I can grab quickly when cooking.
The top shelf holds items that I don’t use very often. I’ve placed items in baskets, because it’s easier to pull a basket of stuff out without having to use a step ladder. The basket on the left holds plastic cake and cupcake carriers, which I only use a couple of times a year. The next two baskets hold paper goods such as plates, napkins, and cups. You can see where I have used an old washed bread bag to hold miscellaneous cups. I doubt if much dust gets up there, but better to be safe.
For the next shelf I purchased a mini wire shelf from Walmart to increase storage. The two plastic bins contain our snacks. I bought the cylindrical containers from the Dollar Tree that hold cereal. In the back to the right are containers that hold the sugar and flour.
This shelf holds a chrome 3 tier can rack. I love it. I keep similar cans together, such as soups, vegetables, broths, etc. It’s easy to see what I have and what I’ll need. It’s so much better than stacking them like I used to. On the left side I have a container with some baking supplies, such as my cocoas, chocolate chips, etc. I usually bake a cake every week, so keeping it all together makes it easy to find. On the right side I keep white rice, Panko and cornmeal.
I really get a bang out of this shelf’s real estate. I use another mini shelf to store containers on top and bins under it. The narrow bin holds our tea bags which is perfect for us since we make a lot of sweet tea. Our everyday napkins, paper plates and plastic utensils are on the right.
The bottom shelf holds 3 bins that hold our coffee, back up condiments, and miscellaneous items.
We buy our dog’s food in bulk and keep it in these 2 large bins on the right. The center holds a narrow bin with paper bags of potatoes. Since it’s just the two of us, I don’t purchase a lot of potatoes at one time. In the blue bin we store bottled drinks until the frig empties out.
It took me awhile to figure out what would work for our needs, so don’t expect to have it all together on your first attempt. I hope this was helpful.