Pantry: a small room or closet in which food, dishes, and utensils are kept.
A small room or closet. The pantry very well may be the smallest room in the house, that needs to hold the most items. The pantry is a room you will visit daily, and probably more than once.
If you are dreading visiting your pantry, it can only mean one thing… Time to get the pantry organized. Where anyone can easily see what you have, and how much of it needs to be picked up at the grocery store. With an organized pantry, you will save money on your grocery bill. The grocery shopping should be easier, because you will know what you have. You will not wonder if you need flour, it will be very easy to see if you do. And if you wanted to take it up a notch, you could put a detailed inventory on the door. Since the pantry is such a small space, here are some great ideas to get it organized and make it feel like a bigger space.
One of the main things I would recommend doing first, would be to invest in some clear storage containers for your pantry. These come in all shapes and sizes. You can store anything from flour to beans and pasta in them. You are able to see how much you have, which in return makes it easier when you start making out your grocery list. I would also use a label (similar to these). You can write on them with chalk and erase if you need to change the contents. The labels come in various sizes and border designs. Such an easy project. You will no longer hunt through cardboard boxes, instead it will only take a few extra minutes to transfer ingredients. Snacks, pasta, beans, in the clear containers will now have a home. Plus it will keep the mice away…
Adding Lazy Susan’s to the pantry can take an unusable corner and turn it into usable pantry space. This would be a great place to put spices or smaller items that usually get lost behind bigger items. Nothing will be forgotten again.
You have probably passed by these nifty racks in the grocery store. They are usually hanging vertically on the shelves throughout the isles. These will only cost a few bucks to make, and the space they create for snacks is awesome! Here are some ideas for those from 11 Magnolia Lane.
The area between the end of your shelf and the door frame should not go unused. It is a great place to install narrow cubbies, which would be a great place for your spices. Organizing is all about using every bit of space you have. Even spaces you did not realize could be used!
Baskets are another good item for storage. You can get these at the local dollar store in any shape, size, or color. They work nice for stack-able items. Just decide what you want to put in them, label and you are done.
This next idea, you probably have thrown away at one point. Those plastic skirt or pants hangers… They work great for items you can hang on a rack. A bag of chips. They have clips on each end and make it easy to close up and clip, and will make sure your snacks don’t go stale or take up extra space.
If you have to store the pots and pans in the pantry, a great idea would be to store them on a peg board at the back of the pantry. Instead of stacking your heavy pots and pans on top of each other, just install the peg board on a free wall and ta-da they are where you can easily see them for use.
Another great idea would be to install drawers that pull out and allow you to pack your pantry full. Although this would be a great idea, it is going to be a little more expensive than dollar stacking baskets. But depending on your budget and needs, this may work better for you. They can be purchased at your local hardware store or online.
A great idea I found was a shoe organizer on the pantry door. The clear plastic makes it easy to see what you have and will hold a large spice container, or two smaller ones if needed. This is another item you could pick up at the local dollar store.
These great magazine file boxes are great for canned goods! You can lay like items in the box and label it. These let you use space you would not have with the magazine box. These also come in various sizes and colors, you could decorate with contact paper or wrapping paper if you get the cardboard ones. With the metal you could easily spray paint it any color you choose.
Now that we have your pantry organized and you are able to see all items in there, I mentioned earlier you could put an inventory sheet on the door. Just remember to mark items as you use and or replace.