20 Small Pantry Organization Ideas

Front view of an open organized small pantry

The Spruce / Leticia Almeida

Let's face it: We all swoon over those oversized pantries in celebrities' homes and wish that we could magically have the room for a walk-in setup in our own kitchen. But in reality, many of us are forced to make the most of a small pantry. And honestly? Having a small pantry isn't awful! You can still organize all of your ingredients so that they shine and have plenty of fun with those aesthetically pleasing baskets and bins.

So if you dream about a stunning small pantry but aren't sure where to begin as you begin to organize your own, we're here to help by sharing 20 fabulous pantries we've rounded up below. After all, even if your kitchen is short on space, you deserve for it to look photo-worthy and be ultra functional. Read on for tons of organization ideas and thank us later.

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    Try a Lazy Susan

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    Make use of a lazy susan! These are excellent tools to employ not only in the cupboard but in the pantry, too. Whether you set yours up to hold spices, oils, canned soups, or something else entirely, you can't go wrong with one of these functional pieces.

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    Keep it Simple

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    In a world of elevated organizing solutions, don't forget about the basics. A cookie jar is a classic for a reason. Place a few in your pantry to keep baked goods and protein bites fresh.

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    Print Some Adorable Basket Labels

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    Cute labels are your BFF when organizing a small space. They help make even the tiniest of pantries look more aesthetically pleasing while of course providing function. If you tend to change up your food supply often, consider opting for erasable labels or using chalk.

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    Stack It High

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    Clear bins make it super easy to keep track of just exactly how much of a certain type of food or ingredient you have left. Stacking items within their respective bins when possible will help you utilize all of the vertical space your pantry has to offer.

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    Part With Those Bulky Boxes

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    Eliminate excess clutter by removing wrapped snacks from their boxed packaging. Instead, place things like bags of microwave popcorn, granola bars, and other individual items into clear bins so that they're ultra easy to grab as needed.

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    Gather Some Glass Jars

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    If you store lots of grains and pastas in your pantry, glass jars are an excellent solution. Label them so that it's easy to locate the exact ingredient that you need; there are lots of great printable options online.

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    Make Use of Fabric Bins

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    Small fabric bins aren't just for your bedroom closet. You can use them in the pantry to corral unsightly boxes or pouches if you wish! Just adhere a label to the front to inform other family members as to exactly what's inside.

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    Stash Away Those Extra Appliances

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    If you can make room in your pantry to house appliances that you love but don't find yourself using often, go for it. You'll be oh-so-grateful when your kitchen countertop is less cluttered on a daily basis. Appliances can overwhelm a prep space quickly.

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    Style a Kid-Friendly Setup

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    If you have young children, be thoughtful about where you place their go-to snacks. Keeping things like juice boxes and fruit snacks in easily reachable drawers or bins will allow little ones to have some agency and responsibility. Of course, if your young ones snack relentlessly, you may wish to take the opposite approach and place their goodies high up and out of reach!

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    Tuck Away the Toaster

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    If you don't use your toaster every day, give it a good clean and then tuck it onto an open shelf in the pantry where it is still in your line of sight but not busy cluttering up your kitchen island. Ahh, much better.

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    Think Tiered

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    Use a tiered stand for jars of soup and tomato sauce so that you can see everything you have on hand without wasting vertical space. As a bonus, opening your pantry to grab what you need will feel like shopping at a fancy little market.

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    Store Spices in Style

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    Make use of the back of your pantry door by placing a spice rack over it and filling it with all of your cooking essentials. We're all about this clever way of maximizing space while keeping things orderly.

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    Use the Floor

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    In a small pantry, every inch of space counts. Placing lined bins on the floor ensures that you don't waste any valuable square footage that can be used for storing food supplies.

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    Place Healthy Foods in Plain Sight

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    In this small pantry, a tiered tray shines once again holding grains and spices. Additionally, pacing fruits in individual bins makes it easy to grab a healthy snack when hunger strikes.

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    Stack Those Boxes

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    If you prefer to leave ingredients in their original packaging, try out this stacking technique. It makes it easy to see what you have "in stock" and grab essentials in a hurry.

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    Hang Your Cups

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    Making room on the back of your pantry door to hang measuring cups and other cooking tools is a great way to save precious drawer space and keep everything you need within eyesight.

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    Decant It

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    When in doubt, decant it! Everything from cereal to marshmallows can be taken out of its original packaging and placed in a see-through jar to ensure it stays fresh.

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    Try This Tea Trick

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    Get creative with how you store your teabags. If you're an avid tea drinker, keeping your various options right where you can see them will make

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    Go Big

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    Don't be afraid to use oversized baskets in your small pantry. They're great for holding miscellaneous items and are generally way more aesthetically pleasing than bulky plastic bins.

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    Streamline By Purpose

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    Group items by use to help streamline your tasks. For example, placing everything that you pack in your child's lunchbox on the same shelf will make getting out the door in the morning feel less hectic.