How are you getting organized? I have so many different ideas for my home. One of the things I tackled last year (that I still am constantly working on) is food pantry organization! Does anyone else struggle with food pantry organization on a regular basis?
Ours is much better now, but it requires constant upkeep. With so many little hands going in and out of our pantry, I have to stay on top of it or it will get out of hand quickly. With the new year upon us I thought many of you will be looking for food pantry organization ideas that won’t cost you a fortune. If you have an organized pantry, you can easily stockpile when you coupon, and not overspend each week on your grocery bill.
Since we talked abut what is a stockpile and why you need one, I thought today I would show you creative ways to organize your pantry. Stay organized is KEY to saving money.
If you are curious about how to organize your pantry, here are some ideas you might find helpful:
Check out my video (it is VERY old) on how I organized my pantry and kept track of my stockpile. There are some great tips in there, even though my pantry is different now. Don’t worry – soon, I’ll show you my current pantry (but I use the same principles).
Now that I’ve shown you my pantry, let’s get working on yours! Here are some great ideas I have for you to get organizing that pantry.
Easy Food Pantry Organization Ideas:
There are a lot of different things you can do in your pantry to organize it, but one of the items I recommend everyone have is a label maker! I got mine several years ago and I don’t know how I ever organized without it! Yes, you can write on tape, but using a label maker is cleaning and looks so much nicer. Label makers aren’t very expensive either. Trust me on this one. 😉
If you have boxes of cling wrap and foil and baggies all over the place, try using a magazine rack to keep them all organized. One rack is big enough for a handful of items to be stored. If you are short on shelf space, you may even be able to hang this on the back of your pantry door. Chica and Jo did this and I just think it is such a smart idea.
In the pantry? Yes! I have seen people place an over the door shoe organizer on the back of their pantry door. You can easily store individually packaged items like kids’ snacks, cleaning supplies, seasoning packets, and MORE in the pockets meant for shoes. This is a great space saving idea. Head on over to Pinterest where you can find a TON of great ideas
I saw these great can organizers and luckily a neighbor friend of ours made them for me. They make such a huge difference in my pantry! Cans will overrun a pantry if you aren’t careful. I love using can organizers for two reasons. 1) They keep a specific type of can all in one place and 2) I know I am always using the oldest can I have. If you don’t have a can organizer, it is easy for some cans to get lost in the background.
Baskets are a pretty way to add some color and texture to your pantry. They are also great at storing things that don’t sit well on a shelf without help – think pasta and marshmallows. Since baskets come in all shapes and sizes, you are bound to find what you need. Remember to measure your pantry shelves well before you buy anything. I like to shop on Amazon, but I’ve also found my local Home Goods store has a lot of nice basket options.
6. Clear Bins
One of the other things I like to use in my pantry is clear bins. There is nothing worse then looking in the pantry and not knowing where anything is. Yes, baskets are pretty, but I think they should be used in moderation. Clear bins are practical because they keep all similar items together and they keep things easy to find. We use bins to store snacks like granola bars, fruit snacks and more.
7. Lazy Susan
A lazy susan is great to have in the pantry! You can use one to store your spices or to store your cooking oils. You won’t have to worry about not being able to find that bottle of olive oil. Just place all of your oils and other cooking supplies on your lazy susan and spin it until you find what you need.
I know I talked about a label maker earlier, but if you are all labeled out or just don’t want to go that route, why not try chalkboard labels? These labels come in a variety of pretty shapes and can be applied to a variety of surfaces.
Now I know most cereal comes in boxes so they fit in your pantry fine, right? Well, how do you keep track of how much cereal you have left? With clear cereal containers, you can keep track of how much cereal you have left so you don’t have kids screaming at you first thing in the morning that you’re out of their favorite cereal (this is not fun). Plus, if you buy cereal that doesn’t come in boxes, you’ll want some cereal containers because they’re easier to store then bags.
10. Chalkboard Wall
If you have an empty wall in your pantry, consider putting up a chalkboard wall. You don’t even need to paint. You can stick a Chalkboard vinyl peel to a wall (or even the back of your door). This would be very handy to keep your grocery list on, so you know when you are running low on your stockpile.
11. Glass Jars
I have seen people use glass jars in their pantry. They look very classy! I don’t do these in mine because I’m afraid of them breaking, but if you do go this route, make sure you get glass jars with air tight lids. You don’t want your foods spoiling. Great things to store in glass jars include rice, beans and other dry goods.
In the picture above, you see that Not just a housewife is using glass jars, chalkboard labels, bins and chalkboard. All that I have recommended so far! Isn’t this beautiful?!
12. Wire Shelving
If you are short on shelving in your pantry, you might want to consider adding more shelving like these wire shelves. These are easy to install and come in a variety of sizes. It is great because sometimes standard shelves are too far apart.
Small plastic desk organizers are great for keeping small things together in your pantry. I like to keep Kool Aid Packets and tea bags in these small plastic organizers. You can find them on Amazon, but I think I’ve seen something similar at Dollar Tree, so its worth having a look there, too.
14. Chip Clips
If you are keeping chips in their bag, you might be in need of more chip clips (we never seem to have enough). You can order some online, but I read recently where you can break off the end of skirt hangers and use the clips to close your chip bags. This might not be the fanciest looking chip clip, but it is definitely frugal!
Extend the amount of “shelf space that you have by adding hanging racks below your shelves. I wouldn’t put heavy items in these hanging racks, but they would be great for pasta or snacks or bread, to name a few.
16. Pencil Holders
Mesh pencil holders make great spice racks! All you need is a little bit of wall space and a handful of these mesh pencil holders and you have yourself some instant spice organizers. I love that not too many spices fit in here at once so you can see everything you have. These can be screwed directly into the wall inside your pantry.
If you have a little more wall space in your pantry, consider hanging a mail organizer. This would be nice to store snacks or even prepared hot cereal packets. What do you have in your pantry that you could store in this? What about paper goods like plates and napkins?
How to organize the pantry? That seems to be a big question for most of us! Hopefully some of these easy food pantry organization ideas will help you take the leap and tackle the pantry and keep your .
Just a word of warning before you start – you probably want to make sure you have a good deal of time carved out for this task. It may take you a little longer then you think.
However long it takes, food pantry organization will be worth it! I promise. Take the new Year and get organized.
Good luck and happy organizing.