August 29, 2019
12 Musts for an Organized Pantry
I did a full pantry clean out and revamp the week before school started and as I was looking through everything I was thinking about what we used and needed and what we didn’t. Interestingly enough, there wasn’t anything that I got rid of. That says a lot because I only keep what’s working and I am pretty ruthless about not holding onto stuff that isn’t serving our family well. I rounded up the products that we use in our pantry and added a couple variations in case you prefer different colors, styles, and color ways.
- Glass jars for dry storage (I only use glass if it touches food if I’m storing it)
- Glass jars (I love the wood lids) for sugar and flour
- Acrylic bins or baskets for snacks and cereals
- Risers for canned goods
- Containers for overflow and extras
- Turntables/Lazy Susans for cooking and baking goods
With some strategic products and placement you’ll find that it’s easier to meal plan and its easier to keep it organized because you know where everything is and you can locate it quickly.
I love sharing my favorites with you! Did you know I have a FAVORITES page on the site? Go here to check it out.
I added these items to a new category that can be found under PANTRY.
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I enjoy reading & seeing examples of how others organize their spaces… We all develop our own style for what works best in each stage of life, I have moved 21 times, in USA & abroad, rentals & own homes, so here are some of my favorites …
Each house we’ve owned (not rentals), my husband rebuilds the pantry shelves for better efficiency (saving 2-3″ per shelf adds up to an added extra shelf) I keep my large, less used serving pieces on the top shelf, & heavy items at the bottom floor area. Floor space: a large bin for empty jars by size, stacking bins for vegetables, & white storage buckets w/lid seals (order them at Home Depot).for quantitative purchases. I never put them directly into my pantry as is bec the world shipping bags collect critters & bacteria along their journey ready to move into your pantry.
I also use large Lazy Susans for my can goods & specialty items, cans 2 high each LS by category. I have found LS method stores quantity better than the step stacked method.
I use 1 gallon glass jars for all my dry basics: types of flours (less used types go into a airtight zipbag in the freezer), sugars, rices, dried beans, pastas, cereals, & oats etc. and smaller dried items into canning jars. (One area shelf space is designed to be the height of 1 gallon jar & only 2 deep)
Near my stove in an upper cab, I keep my specialty oil, vinegars, etc on single tier lazy susans up high, and spices in glass jars alphabetical on double tiered LS, on lower 2 shelves.
The best source for glass jars is Specialty Bottle in south Seattle and yes they ship. http://www.specialtybottle.com .
Sorry no photos available, we are in a new house, pantry shelves are next on the list AFTER the yard is completed …
Love it! I love an organized pantry & yours looks great.
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Paige Cassandra Flamm Says
We just barely re did out pantry this month, and it’s one of my favorite spaces in the house now!
I am looking forward to getting my pantry shelves in order! Thank you for your many ideas and links to products to help achieve this goal! I love your approach to organization and how you simplify it by giving detailed information and photos! Thanks, Becky!
~ Elle 🙂