Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Organized Pantry

When we bought our house I was so excited we had a pantry.  We didn’t have one in the rental house and trying to find a space in the little, bitty, tiny kitchen was always a challenge.  We even put up shelves in the garage for all our canned goods.  It was not the ideal situation, so when we looked at this house, and there was a pantry, I was a happy camper.

Then we moved into the house and my “perfect” pantry became a royal mess.  The shelves were so deep that things got lost – I couldn’t tell what I had.  Things were in front of other things and we were always having to move one thing to get to another. 

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So, I knew I had to do something to make my “perfect” pantry – 

The first thing I did was ask the hubs to put another shelf in at the very top – there was at least two feet of unused space at the top of the pantry.  We found a piece of shelving at a garage sale (for .25) that was just a little narrower than all the other shelves.  I figured that it would make it easier to get things down due to the door.

The next thing I did was ask him to install two shelves at an angle.


Say that again???

See, I had seen this picture on Pinterest (yep, Pinterest again) that showed two pantry shelves flipped upside down and canned goods placed on them.  I thought that would be a great solution to the “lost” cans problem.

Flip wire shelves upside down for cans. Genius

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So, one day last week the hubs finally decided to complete his part of the pantry redo and installed the two shelves at an angle for me.  Then I went in and did the organizing part. 

Want to see how it turned out?

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First thing I did was move all my clear storage containers with my rice, beans, pasta, etc. to that new top shelf.  
They are all labeled and since that shelf is smaller it is easy to see what I have.

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Then I took three Dollar Store baskets and put them on the second shelf.  One has Cookies and Crackers, one is for bread, and the third holds our Chips.  I just wrote on an index card, then punched a hole and tied the card on with some ribbon.  Easy, peasy.  Even the hubs can find what he wants, which is usually either the cookies or the chips! 

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Here are my awesome angled shelves!  Aren’t they the BEST!!!  They make it sooooo easy to find just what canned good I want AND stuff doesn’t get lost!  I just LOVE them!  Oh, one more thing about these angled shelves – they don’t take up any more room then just one shelf did. 

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On the next shelf I placed a small rectangular basket upside down so I could get the boxed goods up so I could see them.  No more hiding from me!
Then I took another Dollar Store basket and put all my Jell-O and pudding mixes – I still need to label that basket.  
And finally, I had a small pencil basket that I put all the mixes in.

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The next shelf down I put all the breakfast stuff – cereal, oatmeal, grits, pancake mix, coffee, and peanut butter (yep, peanut butter is a breakfast food around our home).  Okay, yes, I have a box of pop-tarts.  My hubs likes them – don’t judge.

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The last shelf holds all the miscellaneous stuff and duplicates.   Then on the floor I have some bins for produce.  I have added a couple more since this picture was taken for my white potatoes and baking potatoes along with the one with the onions.
Guess I need to label those bins also.

So, I took a pantry that was a disaster -

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and made a nice organized pantry where things can be found with no trouble at all.

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Love it!!!

I, once again, am happy that I have a pantry. 
All it took was just a little bit of time, 
a few baskets, and a couple of shelves.  
Oh, and some inspiration from Pinterest. 
(wink, wink)



  1. Great job I need to get mine organized this week

    1. Thanks Jennifer! Hope you get yours done this week (I'm working on our itty, bitty walk in closet this week). Have a great day!

  2. I love this idea. I get so many cans of soup from couponing. I will have to get my husband to move the shelves. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do - it sure makes things so much easier to find! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Well done! I love get organized. Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥

    1. Thanks Katherine! Thanks so much for hosting!!!