Simple Ideas for Organizing the Kitchen Pantry

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Kitchen Pantry Ideas for SMALL Spaces

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!


Ideas for pantry closet organizers include:

  • Individual containers for stacking
  • Lazy susan
  • Baskets
  • Pull out drawers
  • Stackable shelves


Tips for deciding what solutions to use:

  • Measure your cabinets before you purchase anything
  • Many solutions can be very inexpensive, or free, like small cardboard boxes
  • Clean out cabinet first, see what needs to organized, then decide on organizing solutions

Part of what I LOVE about organizing, is the challenge of finding great organizing resources that fit well, look nice AND are reasonably priced.

Some organizing items I am willing to spend more money on because of how they function or how beautiful they are. 

Below are great examples of ways you can expand your food storage space without having to buy new cabinets or expensive storage.



organizing the kitchen pantryI 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 changed the hardware on our cabinets to improve the outside. 

I also have tried a few different products to see what works in our narrow and deep cabinets. 

Solutions I have found for Narrow and deep cabinets:

  • Narrow containers that are great for holding pasta, rice and cereal
  • Smaller square containers that stack well and are easier for storing than flimsy bags
  • Clear plastic organizer bins to store smaller items and are stackable


 Refrigerator, Freezer, Pantry Cabinet Organizer Bins Modular Canisters, Food Storage Container, 8-piece Set Cereal Container Airtight – Watertight Cereal Keeper (2)

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.

kitchen Pantry Shelf
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.

 2 Pack Stackable Kitchen Cabinet Organizer Non-Skid Cabinet Turntable, 9-Inch





Because of the design in my kitchen cabinets, the shelf 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! Imagine gaining multiple shelves to hold cans, boxes and more!

 Over The Door Adjustable Rack Back-of-The-Door Organizer, White


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.


Sliding Cabinet Basket Organizer DrawerSliding Cabinet Basket Organizer Drawer2-piece Pantry Storage Container with Lid2-piece Pantry Storage Container with Lid3-Section Handy Basket for Pantry, Set of 23-Section Handy Basket for Pantry (2)

I like also to label containers when I can.

Labels are helpful with containers that you can’t see easily into when sitting on the shelves. Of course once you start labeling, you may want to label everything in your kitchen!

kitchen pantry closet organizers


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 having to dig for snacks. No more pantries that look like a tornado went through it!

Cheering you on to a more simple life!

The Unclutter Angel

organizing the kitchen pantry


3 thoughts on “Simple Ideas for Organizing the Kitchen Pantry”

  1. Thanks for the great ideas! I like the tea bag holder! Labeling the snack containers is also a great idea!

  2. I have a smallish kitchen, too; these tips are very useful. I like the idea of using square containers; they help to save space.

    • I agree, square is much easier to stack than all the odd shapes we see these days.


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