Pantry Ideas to Help You Organize Your Kitchen

Open food cupboard in kitchen of restored Georgian house
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  • 01 of 07

    The Purpose of a Pantry

    Labeled Kitchen Pantry

    A modern pantry can be a very useful part of a kitchen. Different homes may have different pantries, but they should all provide the same use. The purpose of the pantry is to store items. A pantry can be a completely separate room for storing gadgets, dry goods, kitchen supplies, and more. It can also be a few shelves in a kitchen that are used to store packaged foods, spices, and other edibles that don’t belong in the fridge or freezer. Either way, keeping your pantry neat and organized will help make it useful and easy to find what you need.

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  • 02 of 07

    The Right Organizers for Your Space

    A big kitchen pantry
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    Finding the right kitchen organizers for each item is a good place to start. Some foods are best stored in the containers they come in (canned vegetables, for instance.) Others can be better off transferred elsewhere. Cereals, for example, will go stale if their cardboard boxes aren’t always closed perfectly, but will last much longer in tightly closed plastic boxes. By moving foods that come in oddly shaped or soft packages, like pretzels, into sturdy containers with defined sides, you can also save space and make your pantry less messy. Just make sure to label and date foods you remove from their original bags and boxes. Another option is to use glass jars for food storage or classic candy jars. Decide what works best for your family, pantry space, and food needs. 

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  • 03 of 07

    Shelving and Storage That Works

    Narrow Open Shelving
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    What kind of shelving and storage you choose will depend on the space you have. If you have a very narrow space, you might need to use open shelving. Another option is user-friendly pull-out pantry drawers. These allow you to see the contents of a drawer without having to root around in the back. Try Rev-A-Shelf to recreate this look. Baskets are also a super useful organizing tool that is usually pretty budget-friendly too. Wire shelving is also inexpensive and allows you to add height to your pantry. Even a wire shelf attached to the inside of a door will give you storage space. 

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  • 04 of 07

    Label What You Have

    Declutter the pantry shelf by shelf
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    Sure, it’s great to buy in bulk if you can, especially if you have a large family. But don’t just buy multiple boxes of food because it’s on sale. If you do buy in bulk, make sure you prepare a storage space before you bring a ton of stuff home and have labels ready

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  • 05 of 07

    Make the Decoration Pop

    Kitchen pantry
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    Just because your pantry may be small, it doesn't mean you should neglect its style. Wallpaper allows you to really personalize your storage space and can provide a fun pop of color in a limited space. You can also paint behind the shelves. Chalkboard paint on the inside doors of a pantry is fun and useful. Use the wall for a running list of grocery items, notes for your family, or just a silly place for the kids to draw.

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  • 06 of 07

    Pantry Storage

    Appliances Stored in Cubbies Inside the Pantry
    Appliances Stored in Cubbies Inside the Pantry. Homedit

    If you have a large pantry, storing your appliances in the pantry will save you counter space. This is the perfect place for a stand mixer, slow cooker, or other large appliance. You could also store oversized or odd sized baking dishes on higher shelves in your pantry.

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  • 07 of 07

    Build a Pantry

    DIY Ikea Pantry

    If your house doesn't have a pantry, but you are craving the storage space, consider building a pantry. You could repurpose the famous Ikea Billy Bookcase to design your own custom pantry, take over an underused closet, or make a pantry space in a different area of the house, like the basement.