20 Clever Pantry Organization Ideas to Make Your Kitchen Feel Twice as Big
We all wish we could have 'that instagram kitchen' but sometimes, in fact most of the time have a walk in pantry the size of a kitchen, a million cupboards and drawers and bench space for miles, is just not a reality! But, that doesn't mean that you can't use these simple tricks to help your kitchen, whatever the size or shape maybe be, to feel twice as big!
Arrange Baskets High and Low
No matter if your pantry is out in the open or closed off in a room, take advantage of vertical wall space by scattering baskets on high and low shelves. Place seasonal items in the baskets up high (Christmas cookie cutters, for example) and kid-friendly essentials down below.
Swap for Pull-Out Drawers
Rather than leaving the space below shelves empty, fill it with pull-out wire shelves, perfect for storing your kid's favorite snacks and lunch supplies. They're a kid-appropriate height, too!
Install Frosted Pantry Doors
Cover up the inevitable clutter by installing frosted glass doors to the closet-turned-pantry. That way you can get a glimpse of the colors tucked inside without a clear view of the mess.
Fill Drawers with Labeled Containers
If you're using a storage cabinet as a pantry, make sure to load the drawers with spare linens, utensils, and containers full of baking supplies for easy reach. Label each container on the top, so you can easily see what's inside without having to dig.
Turn Pantry Doors Into Chalkboards
Make the pantry doors more functional with chalkboard paint or contact paper, so you can write down grocery lists, important reminders, and sweet notes to your family members.
Keep Baking Supplies Within Reach
Transfer common ingredients — flour, sugar, brown sugar, pasta, and so on — into large glass jars with lids, and place them on the middle shelf for easy access. On the shelf above, arrange small glass jars full of more specialized ingredients, like spices, nuts, and dried fruit.
Take Cans and Jars Off the Shelves
From up above, all jars and cans look exactly the same. When you arrange them by category — fruits, veggies, sauces, and more — in a pull-out wire shelf, you can find exactly what you need without the hassle.
Even if you don't have a designated pantry closet or room, you can still keep all of your non-perishable goods neat and tidy. Just stick everything in baskets and jars, and place in a glass cabinet. An added bonus: It doubles as decoration.
Take advantage of any spare kitchen space by adding a set of industrial wire shelves. You can soften the look with baskets in natural materials.
Install a Sliding Barn Door
Tuck neatly arranged snacks and ingredients behind this farmhouse classic. When guests come over, just slide the doors shut to conceal the mess.
Add Decals to Jars
Keep track of what's what with cute, decorative decals marking flour, sugar, and more. Pro tip: Use a dry erase marker to write down the expiration date before you decant it into the container.
Label Trash and Recycling Bins
Set yourself up for success by giving every basket, container, and bin an easy-to-read, interchangeable label. Same goes for your trash and recycling bins.
Use Vintage Soda Crates for Storage
For a rustic farmhouse look, scan thrift and antique stores for wooden soda crates to corral like items that go together.
Add Inspiring Wallpaper
Line the walls of your pantry with a favorite pattern to instantly jazz up the space. By having a pretty background visible, there's a chance you'll be motivated to keep contents in order.
Fill Tiered Shelves
Store cans and spices on bleacher-style shelves (whether built-in or purchased) that allow you to easily see the label of each item.
Store Dry Goods in Glass Jars
Stock up on jars large and small for all your storage needs. You can even take the jars to grocery stores that sell bulk staples like grains and beans to purchase food at a lower price than its prepackaged counterpart.
Use Rolling Hampers
Hampers aren't just for laundry! Use them for larger items, like reusable shopping bags, in your pantry.
Enhance Space With a Lazy Susan
Increase your available shelf space and allow for easy access to your items with a two-tiered Lazy Susan.
Paint Walls a Bright Color
Store dry goods against a colorful background to make your pantry instantly appear more orderly.
Dress the Door With Shelves
Don't let any space go to waste! Store condiments, spices, and other small items in a rack on the back of the door.