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A good Farmhouse Pantry Organization system can help you find things when you need them and make sure nothing gets forgotten, saving you time and money! Get some tips and ideas on how to organize a pantry to make the most of your space.
Farmhouse Pantry Organization
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 and 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. 🙂
Organizing the Chips
We always have a good supply of tortilla chips and sometimes even 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!
If you don’t have child-sized hangers, don’t worry! You can use adult hangers, or clip directly to the wire shelving. If you’re looking for hangers, you can always find some pretty inexpensively at the dollar store. There are several ways you can do this with what you have on hand. If you have space, a large basket with chips might even work best for you.
Organizing 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.
–Learn more about buying in bulk with this Beginners Guide to Azure Standard
I took all of the bags and placed the contents into these new Pop Containers from Oxo. I really like the different shapes they come in and how they can stack easily. I 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 this year is that the humidity gets into our foods and is making them hard or soggy. Now at least I know the foods in these containers won’t have that issue because they are airtight.
If you are worried about storing your bulk goods this way, you can always add in a Stay Fresh Pack to containers you don’t intend on opening for a while to increase the shelf life by absorbing any excess air and humidity.
Organizing the Dry Goods
I had some larger amounts of dry goods that I placed in these half-gallon glass jars. The gallon-sized jars work great for even larger dry goods items storage too! I love glass jars…big, small, any size, they are all good! Just be sure to label the front of your jars or containers so that you can easily see what’s in each one.
–Mason jars are so versatile! Here are some other ways to Reuse Mason Jars (Other Than For Canning!)
Organizing the Mixes and Large Bulk Items
After all this cleaning I actually had room to add my homemade jar mixes into 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.
—Make your own Pantry Mixes from scratch to make mealtime simpler.
Now that I have organized my pantry, 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 here whereas we didn’t have much space for them before.
–See all of my favorite products and appliances here!
No matter what size pantry you have, a little organization will help you make the most of it!
Looking for more pantry inspiration? Here are some posts you might enjoy!
Pantry Organization Ideas
Take Control of Your Canning Pantry (+Printable!)
Pantry Organization Ideas
Pantry Needs and Stockpiling (Plus Printable!)
10 Homemade Mixes That Need to Be in Your Pantry
7 Pantry Staples to Start Making
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What are your best tips for organizing the farmhouse pantry? Tell us in the comments!
This post on Farmhouse Pantry Organization was originally published on Little House Living in October 2014. It has been updated as of October 2019.