Simple Ideas for Organizing Kitchen Pantry
We have a fairly small kitchen. Can you relate to this?
Since we do not have any space to spare, I need to be SUPER creative when storing food.
I don’t want it to be complicated, I want to use simple ideas for organizing the kitchen pantry.
Do you struggle with keeping your food organized in your kitchen pantry? Are you tired of boxes of food falling out or things spilling out of bags?
I can feel your pain!
We are a family of five, and it feels like a chore sometimes to keep things organized in my pantry. I have come up with a few good ideas that don’t require having to get new cabinets!
Remember to measure your cabinets before you purchase anything to help you get organized.
A variety ideas are available and many include very inexpensive organizing solutions!
Part of what I LOVE about organizing, is the challenge of finding great organizing resources and fit well, look nice AND are reasonably priced. Some items I am willing to spend more on because of how they function, but luckily many items are very reasonable.
Below are great examples of ways you can expand your food storage space without having to buy new cabinets or expensive storage.
KITCHEN PANTRY CONTAINERS AND IDEAS
I truly believe the people who design and build homes must not actually live in their own designs.
Have you ever thought while working in your kitchen, “what were the designers thinking!” That perfectly describes our kitchen.
I have painted and got creative with our cabinets. I have tried a few different products to see what works in our cabinets that are narrow and yet deep.
The picture to the left shows narrow containers that are great for holding pasta and rice. We also have smaller square containers that stack well and are easier for storing than flimsy bags.
The clear containers above are awesome for odd shaped items like spice packets. Cereal boxes seem to come in all shapes and sizes. Cereal keepers are perfect to help save space and easier to line up in cabinet.
I love using simple shelves in my pantry to double up my storage space. You can see how I am able to store our family’s vitamins and have space to spare.
I also find that using lazy susan helps to see my spices easily and not have to pick up each one to look at the label.
A lazy susan can be used for more than spices. They are great for smaller containers like vitamins, small cans, condiments, and more.
The key to making more space is to have less stuff, and to use vertical space.
HELPFUL POST: Kitchen Counter Organization Ideas
Because of the design in my kitchen cabinets, the shelves placement doesn’t allow for me to take advantage of pantry door shelves. However, I love the idea of . . . . you guess it, using the vertical space!
Sliding shelves or containers do not necessarily need to be installed. There are ways to have sliding shelves or mock sliding shelves without complicated installation.
I love the baskets we have that we can easily slide out, especially in deep shelving or shelves that are close together.
I like to label containers when I can. Especially containers that you can’t see easily when sitting on the shelves. Of course once you start labeling, you may just have your entire kitchen mapped out!
Applying these simple ideas for organizing the kitchen pantry makes it easier for family members to find what they need. How awesome it will be to have an organized pantry without the kiddos digging for snacks and doesn’t look like a tornado went through it!