The kitchen pantry is clutch for keeping your counters at least somewhat clutter-free, and no matter how big yours is, it’s safe to say you could use a little more space. These tips are here to save your life. And save all your snacks.
Storage bins are functional, but not exactly stylish, so to make your pantry more to your decor asethetic, cover them in wallpaper. It’ll look better, and it’ll will help you differentiate between them.
Add hooks to the side of your pantry door to hang oven mitts, towels, and/or aprons. That way, you don’t take up any drawer or shelf space with your linens.
Pop In Drawers
How to get to the stuff that inevitably gets pushed all the way to the back of the pantry? Follow the lead of IKEA hackersand add drawers.
Hang A Shower Organizer
Don’t knock it ’til you try it. It seems like a surprising addition to your pantry, but a shower organizer actually makes a great produce rack.
Stack Plastic Containers
Flat containers stack easily to take advantage of every bit of space in a pantry. Use them to store grains, breadcrumbs, rice, and nuts.
Put Lids On The Door
Storing your pots and pans is one thing, but finding room for their lids, too, is an entirely different problem. A door rack keeps them out of your way, but still easily accessible when you need them.
Keep Packets In One Spot
Use sink caddies and Velcro to create wall organizers made for flimsy packets that would otherwise get lost in the chaos of a closet. Bonus: This will help ensure what’s inside them doesn’t spill out too.
Stash A Crate Under Shelves
All it takes is a wood crate and wheels to take advantage of that little gap of under-used space on your floor. Since stuff stored here is harder to get to, keep things you don’t use everyday, like reusable totes in it.
Use Zip Ties
If you store less-frequently-used cooking utensils in your pantry (think a meat tenderizer), take advantage of the loops on the end to hang them on hooks. This way, they’re still easy to grab when you’re in a rush making dinner.
Try Clear Containers
Don’t hunt through mountains of cardboard boxes. Instead, transfer ingredients and snacks into clear canisters so you can skip reading labels — and inspire a uniform tidiness. Plus, you’ll keep mice away from your cookies and crackers.
Add Lazy Susans
Show us an organization problem, and we’ll show you a lazy Susan. The corner in your pantry usually ends up being the black hole where cans or bags go to be lost forever — but when you install spinners in this space instead, nothing will be forgotten again.
Hack IKEA Boxes
Those stylish boxes with label holders from IKEA are a favorite in offices everywhere, but they have a place in your pantry, too. Cut a hole into one of the sides and stack canned foods by category (tomato sauces, vegetables, etc.) without lifting a lid to retrieve them.
Use Slim Bins
Move dry goods into tall, skinny containers to save space. You can pack more items onto the shelf, plus, these matching storage bins look way more organized and orderly compared to your usually multicolored chaos.
Make A Chip Hanger
You’ve probably passed by these racks in the grocery store — but they’re just as handy at home and will only cost you a few bucks. Add the rack to her pantry to create a chip hanger.
Use Wasted Space
That area between the end of your shelf and the door frame shouldn’t just be for show. Narrow cubbies fit snugly there and are the perfect size for your spices.