Pantry Organization Ideas

by Merissa on May 27, 2013

in Organization 101

Pantry Organization Ideas

Pantry Organization Ideas

Am I the only one who gets utterly excited at even the thought of  pantry organization ideas? I constantly find myself organizing and reorganizing everything in my house on a pretty regular basis. My favorite place to dig into? Definitely my pantry. I seriously purge and go crazy thinking of pantry organization ideas in there, at least once every two months! No joke! My pantry is not big, but with the help of Pinterest, I come up with new pantry organization ideas to rearrange things to make it more efficient for me.

It may seem crazy to change things so often in a space or even expensive, but it definitely doesn't have to be! There are tons of items around your house that can easily turn into "pantry organization ideas" in a heartbeat!


My favorite thing I use to organize it a hanging shoe organizer. I have it hanging behind the door to hold oils, vinegars, various spices, and any other goodies I cook with. It's also a great place for me to put straws for the kiddos, and paper bags that I use to pop popcorn! You can find these almost anywhere, even the dollar store has them at time!


Second favorite thing to organize with are glass jars. I reuse jars from jellies, mayo, salsa, and tons more. These are PERFECT to hold nuts, seeds, grains, sugar, flour, etc. The list is literally a mile long! Soak your jars to get the labels off (even better if they're jars from canning) and fill them with items to lower the amount of "bulk" in the pantry.

Here are a few other random items I've organized with in the past:

Ice buckets- The plastic ones that go in your freezer are an easy solution to thin shelves in the pantry. These are super cheap, but can hold quite a bit.

Baskets- I find these at yard sales extremely cheap. I use two larger ones in my pantry now to hold baked goods and bread. They also work great for potatoes and onions.

Plastic Containers- I also find these at yard sales and the dollar tree. If I stop using them in the pantry, they'll work great anywhere!

Once you have all of your items to organize with-it's time to move forward:

Step One- PURGE PURGE PURGE! Get rid of things that are expired and donate food that isn't expired but maybe you're just not eating.

Step Two- Clean out EVERYTHING. Starting with an empty pantry is a lot easier than just moving things around.

Step Three- Down size. Have two boxes of crackers? Combine them in a plastic container. Two containers of sugar? Combine em'.  A functioning pantry has less clutter.

Step Four- Begin separating into like items. Placing like things in near proximity is the best way to eliminate purchasing extra of what you already have.

Step Five-Arrange and rearrange. You've gotta figure out what works best for you! It may take a bit to figure out, but I'm pretty sure you hear angels sing once it all comes together!

Want to find even more ways to get organized? Learn how to organize your Canning Pantry! (And get a free printable!)

If you're looking for more organization ideas, here are some great articles!

How do you organize your pantry? Do you use any recyclables in there? What's your biggest pet peeve about your pantry? Will use use any of these pantry organization ideas?


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1 Debbie Emery November 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

My husband made me a spice rack. Ceiling to floor and attached it to a chimney we no longer use. Now all my herbs and spices are in alpha order!! I absolutely love it. All made from one by fours, dowels, and plywood back, stained..


2 Lori Gearheart January 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

What an awesome sounding spice rack!!!


3 Katherine January 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

I keep my cupcake liners in mason jars. It keeps them from getting squished in a drawer and all of them are together. And, they are pretty. 🙂


4 Michele January 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

Love the over the door shoe organizer for other organization. Used one just this week to organize all the cups with lids that were taking over my cabinets! My happiest moment this week!


5 Denise Freeman January 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

My pantry is HUGE. There was a bonus room off the kitchen and I converted it. at 12 x 14 feet, I have 3 large 6 x 3 x 7 foot tall shelving units with 3 or 4 shelves each. 5 gallon buckets of staples for long term storage on the low 2 area. All the thing I use often on the eye level shelf and everything else on the top shelf organized into box so I only have to pull down the box I need to get what I want. Also have two metal storage cabinets similar to the ones teachers use to keep their supplies in back in school. Use them for a lot of the smaller stuff.

A table in the center of the room is my landing space for canned goods to cool and holds all the assorted tools and small appliances I use on a regular basis. Working on building extra shelving into the racks so I can add a row of jars in the extra space above the buckets.


6 Cynthia G. January 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

Thank you for inspiring me to organize my pantry. I’m in a very small kitchen now with very little cupboard space. Although, I do have an empty basement for storage. Now, I need to find cabinets to use in that space to put our household I purchase on sale.


7 Teleia January 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

You don’t have to throw out expired items. This is one of the largest sources of food waste in the US. Those dates are guidelines and are only the date through which the company will guarantee the product. You drive your car for years after the warranty expires, right? So sniff your food, inspect it for mold, and eat it if it seems fine, because it probably is.


8 Sue January 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

The big popcorn tins are great for when you buy dry goods. I keep sugar in mine…but any bulk dry good would work…for that matter.


9 susie January 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I like organizing my pantry too…helps me keep up with what I have so I don’t have to waste anything.


10 Bettijo July 20, 2014 at 8:54 am

I keep my spices in a drawer in my kitchen. The larger jars lie flat on the bottom of the drawer, and the small jars fit in a plastic silverware organizer which sits on top of the bottom layer. I just lift out the silverware tray to get to the bottom layer. All jars on laying down on their side so the labels can be easily read. When I kept spices in a cabinet, they were forever toppling over or falling out.


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