Organizing The Farmhouse Pantry

by Merissa on October 9, 2014

in Organization 101

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Organizing the Farmhouse Pantry

Ever since I moved my food into the pantry that the hubby made me last year it's been something of a mess. I'm not used to the wire shelving (which I actually requested for ease of cleaning!) and it's a rather awkwardly created space to fit in where it needed to fit. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it am so glad that I'm lucky enough to have a real pantry in my kitchen! But there has been a definite need for some organization.

So this week as part of my fall cleaning I got serious about tackling the pantry and I'm very happy with how it turned out! While I'm not the perfect organizer, maybe this post will give you a few ideas on how to organize your own problem area!



I know it's bad. I'm not perfect. πŸ™‚

Organizing Chips in the Pantry

The Chips....

We always have a good supply of tortilla chips and sometimes some kettle style chips on hand but they are such a mess to organize! I saw some ideas about hanging the bags up and we decided to create our own hanging bag system for these "unorganizable" items in the pantry. all we did was take a shower curtain rod and secure it near the top of the pantry. Then I hung some extra child size hangers from the rod so the bags would hang down to reachable length. Finally we took clothespins and clipped the bags onto the hangers. Now they are up and out of the way and I created a whole extra shelf for other pantry goods!


The Bags...

Since I buy much of our staples in bulk, it often comes in bags and I don't always have a special place to put it when I get it.

Organizing Bulk Items


I took all of the bags and placed the contents into these new Pop Containers from Oxo. I really like the different shapes and how they can stack. I do love storing things in jars but the stack-able feature of these is really nice for smaller items. I also love that these containers seal with the push of a button. Another big problem we've had is humidity getting into our foods and making them hard or soggy. Now at least I know the foods in these containers won't have that issue.

Jars in the Pantry

The Dry Goods...

I had some larger amounts of dry goods that I placed in these half gallon glass jars. I have some gallon jars that I use for even larger dry goods storage and they work great! I love glass jars...big, small, any size, they are all good!

Bulk Foods in the Pantry

The Mixes and Large Bulk...

After all this cleaning I actually had room for my homemade jar mixes in my pantry (plus room to spare!) and of course I put my large bulk items (for us that's raw sugar, dried beans, and rice) in food grade buckets with Gamma lids on the floor.


After the Pantry Makeover

Now I have much more space in the pantry and I didn't even get rid of anything, it's just clean! Amazing how that works isn't it? Plus now it's much easier to fit our dehydrator, meat grinder, and some other kitchen appliances in here whereas we didn't have much space for them before.

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*This post is sponsored by OXO, however any and all thoughts and ideas on the product or anything else mentioned in this post are my own.


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1 Barb Wright October 9, 2014 at 6:08 am

A nice difference! I love the idea of hanging the chips,,I don’t store many of those,but I already have a rod in the pantry! I am going to do some thinking as to what else could hang up alongside chips. As usual,another great idea!!


2 Merissa October 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

I was thinking I could hang some of the smaller bagged items but I ended up having plenty of room for them on the shelves for now, it’s a possibility for the future though!


3 ashley October 9, 2014 at 6:16 am

Looks great!I wish i had a pantry in my kitchen. I just have my regular kitchen cabinets and then we put storage shelving in our basement.I like to buy as much of our food in bulk like our dry goods, mixes,and meat for the deep freezer, plus space for my canning jars.I have been doing my fall nesting it feels like! deep cleaning the entire house i want it to be as clean as possible for when we have to spend most of our days inside when its cold.


4 Marlies October 9, 2014 at 6:24 am

Your pantry looks wonderful!! It is nice to see someone else using food grade buckets for food storage. I have several and they really come in handy for bulk storage.


5 Merissa October 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

That they do!


6 Sabrina October 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

Beautiful pantry!!! Where did you get the glass jars with the white lids? I love glass jars too. Love your website and I visit it often.


7 Merissa October 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

I got them from Azure Standard, the coop we order from. πŸ™‚


8 Sabrina October 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

Thank you. I just ordered my first order from Azure. I will have to put the jars in my favorite. Now hitch size do you like the best – the gallon or the 1/2 gallon?


9 Merissa October 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

I like both of them for different amounts of things. For larger bulk items that I have in a different cupboard (baking soda, brown rice flour, etc) I have in the gallon jars, in the 1/2 gallons we have coffee, smaller amounts of beans, and similar items.


10 Debi October 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

I have a pantry that is in desperate need of reorganizing. In fact, it makes your “before” photo look pretty darn good! You have inspired me… thanks for sharing!


11 Elise October 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

I love the idea of hanging the chip bags! Not only does it keep them out of the way, it keeps them from getting squished!

Pantries are so hard to keep organized, Yours looks amazing! Cant’ wait for the giveaway!


12 Marilyn M October 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Wow! Your pantry looks awesome! Love the idea of hanging the bags of chips. I already store a lot of my dry bulk in the pop-top type containers, and just need to get some more.

Bet it feels great to be better organized in your pantry (even though your before photos still looked great!)


13 JD October 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Merissa, what is the depth of your pantry. I love it but ours is only 16″ deep and my husband says it won’t work to do ours like yours. πŸ™ I have one entire corner that is lost space since I can’t get into it or see it. Hating on it.


14 Merissa October 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

The pantry is 5 feet long by 30 inches wide. With 16 inches you could maybe do some deep shelves depending on how it’s set up, they make some neat baskets for shelves too to help with organizing. I have somewhat of a “lost” corner in my pantry too but I just put the things that we don’t need often back there.


15 JD October 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Merissa, my pantry has one door that is a bit off to the right, long, deep shelves and no way to reach the left side. πŸ™


16 JD October 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

well, the shelves are 16″ DEEP, so I guess that isn’t deep.


17 Diane foote October 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Like your ideas, I just got on been very busy, painting, cleaning and organizing crazy time still have to paint kitchen. Hope everyone is doing good stay safe


18 Pamela October 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Hey, I just had a great idea! Could you put a stick up mirror in your pantry in such a way that you could see stuff you put in that awful lost space?


19 Merissa October 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Good idea!


20 Susan Anderson October 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

Thanks always for the great tips. In the process of putting our home on the market. Not something I had envisioned ever doing cause I love the house and neighbors. I took care of my Mom for 16+ years, alzeimers took her in July. Can no longer afford our home.
Anyway thanks for this blog.


21 Betsey October 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Hang in there, Susan. It’s tough, but there is a brand new world waiting for you with your name on it!
Sorry about your mom.


22 MJ October 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Love your regrouping! I can use some of the ideas for mine. Thanks for the ideas.


23 Kerri October 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Love the hanging chips idea!!


24 Kentucky Lady 717 October 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Your pantry looks great and I love all the glass jars you have…I have several, but hope to get all glass and do away with plastic….


25 joanne October 13, 2014 at 9:50 am

I also like the idea of hanging the chips. Our pantry is a small room that also serves as a storage area and has our chest freezer and dehydrator. It is so easy to just throw things in there and shut the door, saving a mess for another day. Because of this the pantry is on our cleaning list nearly every day and is a ‘hot spot’ area (flylady).
We are so thankful for the space and we’ve had to learn as we go what works and what does not work. We’ve been in this place for about 5 years and we are just now figuring out what works in that space … and then we are probably moving next year πŸ˜‰

Thanks for the chip idea!
Joanne in SW MO


26 Angel November 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

Thank You!!
For your Web Site,
Thank You!!
That it is clean, All Positive,
No!! Cursing


27 Mimi January 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Love your pantry organization ideas. Have you checked about getting plastic shelf liners for your wire shelves? You may need to cut them to size. I know they have some that are 18 inches deep.


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