Pantries can be daunting, unorganized, and full of expired foods. I don’t know about you but my pantry is the most cluttered place in my home. I’m always forgetting what foods I have because nothing is organized and stuff is hidden behind other stuff. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought pasta sauce only to realize I have three jars of it already in my pantry. It’s actually a waste of money not to have an organized pantry. Pantry organization might just be your first money saving tip.
By utilizing these organization ways, you can make your pantry feel twice as big and make your life easier. Learn how to organize a pantry with these 20 tips and then start on home decor. I’ve got some great tips for making your home look like a million bucks. You’re going to want to read those next!
Pantry Organization Tips To Make Your Pantry Feel Huge
1 | Get A Rack For Your Bread
Don’t waste any space whatsoever. Hang one of these racks on a shelf and you’ve got the perfect place to store any breads! Buy them here.
2 | Use Glass Jars For Everything
There is something so sleek about putting all your food in glass jars. It looks uniform, tidy, and beautiful to look at. If you don’t want to put ALL of your food in jars, I suggest doing just beans, flours, sugars, and pastas. They will stay good longer too since they’ll be sealed.
3 | Use Wire File Baskets To Store Veggies
Wire file baskets have so many uses other than just storing files. It turns out they make the perfect holder for veggies! These are some pantry organizers that are both cheap and useful.
4 | Use Bungee Cord To Store Paper Towels
Now this is a clever idea! My paper towels are currently taking up space on a shelf and always fall out when I open my pantry door. I’ll be right back, I need to go get two bungee cords and 4 hooks.
5 | Use Pant Hangers For Chip Bags
Who says you have to use pant hangers for pants? I’m always loosing chip clips but I seem to always have an abundance of pant hangers. Time to put them to use!
6 | Label Pantry Shelves
Label your shelves and you can easily see where to get what you’re looking for. You’ll never forget where you put all your baking supplies!
7 | Put Recipe Labels On Jars With Ingredients
Put recipes on jars with the ingredients already in them. Genius, I know. Amongst this list of pantry organization ideas, I think this one would double as a great gift idea. A banana bread recipe on a jar perhaps?
8 | Use Dry-Erase Stickers To Make Grocery Lists
This is such a cool way to write down things you need to purchase as soon as you run out of them. Place some of these stickers on a wall in your pantry or on the panty door and write down what you need to repurchase so it’s easy to remember.
9 | Store Pot Lids Behind Your Pantry Door
Never stress over not being able to find the correct lid again by hanging your pots and pans lids on the back of your pantry door!
10 | Use Shelf Risers To See Everything
Use little stairs or cabinet risers to be able to see jars and things in the back. Buy this one here or this one. The number one thing I hate about my pantry is not being able to see things behind other things. I forget what I have if it’s not front and center. So the solution is to either make one row of items and waste a ton of space or get risers. I’m buying some risers ASAP.
11 | Create The Perfect Pantry Layout
If you have a walk-in pantry, why have you not put this ultimate pantry layout to use yet? It will make your life easier and your pantry utilized to perfection.
12 | Hang Spices Behind Your Pantry Door
Another behind the door option is to put all your spices on racks! This is great for people who have a ton of spices and keep losing them or forgetting which they have. You could also put garbage bags and plastic bags there too!
13 | Hang Measuring Cups Behind Doors
Measuring cups are so easy to misplace. Give them a designated spot behind a cabinet door. While you’re at it, put some conversions there to have an easy reference.
14 | Use A Magazine Holder To Store Canned Foods
Make choosing your next canned vegetables fun by putting them in a magazine holder. Close your eyes and pick one, it’s like a game!
15 | Utilize Lazy Susans As Pantry Organizers
Lazy susans will never not be the perfect organization trick for corners. Use as many as you can in your pantry!
16 | Organize By Color
Organizing by color can be easy on the eyes easy to spot what you’re looking for.
17 | Use Baskets For Trays Or Cupcake Tins
Don’t just throw tins or cupcakes trays someplace unorganized like under your oven. Put them in a basket so you can easily see what you have.
18 | Use Shelf Liners So Items Don’t Fall
I HATE when my small spices fall over in my pantry because of my wire shelves. Or when small bags fall through the spaces. These shelf liners are a game changer in the pantry organization game.
19 | Make A Chip Rack For $10
Store your chips on clips! Make this rack for only $10 and you’ll be able to see all your chips (and eat them too).
20 | Label Anything & Everything
One of the best ways to have pantry organization is to label everything! Remember how I said to put everything in glass jars? You might want to label so you don’t accidentally put baking soda in your recipe that calls for baking powder. Trust me, it doesn’t taste the same.
One more tip to organize your pantry is to place items outside of it. I know, shocker. The look of fruit and vegetables in baskets actually makes some great decor. See how I do it in my kitchen here. Pantry organization is just the first step in your kitchen or dining room. Once you have the pantry done, you’re ready to tackle any organization task like all that plastic Tupperware that is probably a mess (it is in my apartment). Organization can be daunting but just think, once you’re done with it then you can start decorating! I bet these DIY seashell stamped towels would look great in your kitchen.
Which one of these pantry organization ideas was your favorite in this list? I’m really liking those shelf risers. I think that will be the first tip I’ll utilize in my pantry. Then time to color coordinate!