Getting organized and staying that way is possible, even though it seems impossible at times. When your pantry is a jumbled mess, finding what you need to cook something can take just as long as cooking it. Save yourself the kitchen organizing headache! Let's talk about some simple ways to keep even the tiniest pantry easily accessible and clutter-free with these clever tips and space-saving products.
Your Pantry Shelf Doesn't Need to be Crammed with Dry Goods
Adjustable pantry shelves are a must for any storage space, especially for smaller pantries because you'll be able to save precious real estate. Take everything out of your pantry and lay it out on the kitchen table to take inventory of what you have.
If you're able to install nice new wall-mounted shelves, you have plenty of options. For some renters, you may need to check with your building manager first. Closetmaid has plenty of affordable pantry organization storage options.
Can you donate some items you know you or the kids won't eat to a local shelter or food bank? Do you have some expired items you can toss?
Figuring out what you want to store and where is half the battle. Simply adjust the shelves to accommodate. Don’t forget that you’ll need room to be able to reach everything. Put the frequently used items towards the bottom shelves, and place every-once-in-awhile items on the top. A step stool can also come in handy here.
If you already have adjustable shelving, simple add-ons like an organizer to hang or mount on your pantry door or storage baskets can give you that extra space that you need to stay organized.
Maximize Your Vertical Shelf Space
There are tons and tons of great ideas out there for maximizing the space you have above and below each pantry shelf.
Use storage bins and labeling to your advantage!
You don't necessarily need to buy more stuff just to get organized, but when it comes to small pantry spaces, the more storage bins you have, the better. You can even use baskets, bins, or cardboard boxes from around the house instead of buying new ones. Group and label your pantry items with similar items (healthy snacks, granola bars, pasta, etc.), so you can always find what you need when you need it.
I'm always about recycling and upcycling items to reduce our environmental impact, even in the smallest of ways. Here is a great idea for upcycled DIY fabric covered storage boxes from The Crazy Craft Lady.
Another super fun, low-cost idea is to grab some chalkboard labels from Hobby Lobby. These can come in handy if you can't necessarily label the bin itself, and can pretty much be tied to anything.
Undershelf baskets are a kitchen pantry organizing DREAM.
Adding undershelf baskets can instantly multiply your small pantry's capacity and create decluttered areas for many different types of ingredients.
Arrange Your Pantry Items in Levels
Organize the tallest pantry items towards the back of the shelves and the shortest in the front. A great add-in that helps with this is shelf risers. This way, you’ll always be able to see all of your stuff in a quick glance.
That's it! There is so much more you can do with your pantry organization, but it only takes a few small updates to make things work better for you. If you're in the Bay Area and don't have the time to take on a full-on pantry makeover, contact PICK IT UP and start loving your space again!
Erin Becker is the owner of PICK IT UP, a