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. 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
*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.