The pantry in my house is in a small hallway off the kitchen. Under the stairs. Thankfully, the builder didn’t waste any space but under the stairs? It is a little difficult to navigate let alone take pictures.
The pantry has narrow shelves on the left and deeper 9 inch shelves on the right. The shelves are wire. I considered replacing them with wood shelves but the frugal side of me insisted the wire was functional albeit not pretty. I also tried to line the shelves with contact liner for wire shelves but the liner was too wide for the top shelves so I shelved the idea (pun intended).
Here is the before. Bags and boxes everywhere. Canned goods just put where ever there was room. I did add a can rotator but it is not very functional. It really doesn’t hold that many cans. I wanted it for first in first out but there isn’t any room for that concept. I kept the can rotator till I can think or make something better.
I got rid of an old coffee maker in here but nothing else. I have my old slow cooker, counter top oven, bread maker and canning jars for jam. Oh and a counter top roaster that I use to cook our Thanksgiving turkey in. I kept it all in here since I have that low space in the back that can’t be utilized.
Here is the after:
I organized all the cans by type and consolidated my baking goodies such as sprinkles, gel colors and cupcake liners to one shelf. I bought new OXO containers for all the dry foods. I am still using my glass jars for wheat flour, cookie jar, popcorn and open snacks.
I used an OXO container for the cupcake liners I love having them all out of the individual packages into one easy to open container. I don’t use the decorating items that often so I put them all on the top shelf in the pantry.
It makes a huge difference to put all like items together. I can go and pull out the ingredients I need quickly without having to hunt for them. Plus the organization makes it easier to put together a grocery list. At a glance I can see if we are out of something.
I bought wire bins from Lowes to store potatoes and onions out of their packages. I did have the onions under a bottom shelf which made it hard to get to plus I never knew how many I had. The potatoes have been all over this space. Now there is a dedicated area. Again making it easier for menu planning and grocery shopping.
This is my favorite part of the whole pantry makeover. My OXO containers. I love these things. They are see through, easy to open with a push button top and have a silicone seal.
I bought a set at Target and then a larger set at Costco. They are well worth the cost.
I decanted all the dry foods: flour, sugars, pastas, dried fruit, cornmeal. I can see at glance what I have.
The containers have little feet on the bottom making them easy to stack. I can just pull out what I need and carry it to the kitchen. The hunt is over.
I made the labels with my Cricut Explore. I used black vinyl and programmed the Cricut Explore to write on each label with a white pen. If you have a Cricut Explore you can use my project file here. I used a free file.
I also have door storage where I keep all my spices and more baking supplies. This organizer holds a lot.
Organizing this pantry took a while to complete. It is such a worth while project that has already saved so much time.
I hope you enjoyed my pantry reveal. I am thrilled with the organization. It makes me smile each time I open the door.
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