When we moved into our house, we were SO excited to have a walk-in pantry! We had more space for our kitchen items, but didn’t organize the pantry right away. And soon the clutter continued to build and got out of control – it was hard to find anything in there! Our pantry was in need of a serious makeover! With some careful planning, I organized the pantry myself in a matter of a few weeks. I gathered ideas, bought some useful pantry organizers, and was able to create a functional and organized pantry! Now going into the pantry is enjoyable and it saves us SO time in the kitchen!
Keep reading for our ‘before’ and ‘after’ pantry pictures, along with the exact pantry organizers we used!
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“After” vs. “Before”
Everything is neat & organized, functional and everything is easily within reach. All items in the pantry belong there and are easy to find.
The pantry is cluttered with items scattered all over. There are items in the pantry that don’t belong and there’s no system or organization which makes it harder to locate items.
I got mostly all of our pantry organizers from Amazon and a few items are from The Container Store. I wanted to have a stylish, functional pantry, but also tried to keep the project budget friendly.
You can shop all the products seen in the picture below by either clicking the links below the picture or by clicking on a specific picture within the “Shop The Pantry Organizers” carousel. These are all the exact products we used for our pantry.
Black & Natural Water Hyacinth Storage Bins // Rubbermaid Storage Container Set // 6 qt. Storage Container & Lid // Rubbermaid 5 pack medium storage containers // Glass Jars with Bamboo Lids // Black Milk Crate // Spice Rack (pack of 2) // Large Rubbermaid Container (19.9 cup) // Stackable Can Rack Organizer // Turntable // Glass Jars with Black Lids (also bought in this size too) // Stackable Wire Metal Basket Bins (3 pack) // Set of 4 Cereal Containers // Food Packet Organizer Caddy // Nordic Storage Baskets (we have in charcoal and white)
These turntables were the first items I purchased for the pantry. I got three of them and they contain: vinegars, oils, and syrups & sauces.
The jars on the shelf below (this size and this size) contain items we use on a regular basis. Our kids eat oatmeal bowls most days of the week for breakfast, so the jars contain the oats, granola, and nuts we use to create those bowls. This makes breakfast prep time much quicker and easier.
For comparison, these are the same shelves that were shown above, before we got the turntables and glass jars.
The Rubbermaid containers are great. They have so many different size options and they really keep everything sealed well. We started out with this set, then added this set once organizing was underway.
Since we cook with a lot of onions and potatoes, the wire bin set was a useful item for the lower shelves. These items are easy to grab while cooking and also easily accessible when restocking.
I bought two of these packet organizers. I used one for taco or other seasoning mix packets and the other one for extra seasonings, baking liquids or miscellaneous items.
The spice rack is one of my favorite purchases for the pantry! The ones I purchased come in a set of two and have grips on each tier. The spices stay nicely organized on these racks and make it easy to see everything.
I liked the look of these jars. They come in a set of three and I use them for storing beans and popcorn kernals.
These bins also come in white; this is the charcoal color. You can order them with our without lids and the lids come in this bamboo option or you can choose the color lid to match your bin. I keep the kids’ granola bars in the top container and extra paper plates and plastic silverware and napkins in the larger bottom one. These also come in several different sizes.
I love these storage baskets so much! I keep opened bags of chips or snacks in these top two bins. They come in several sizes and have handles on each end which I’ve tucked inside.
Which item do you think would be most useful in your pantry?
I hope this gave you some inspiration if you’re looking to organize your pantry. Getting started is the hardest part. Thanks for stopping by!
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XO – Meatball Mom
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