I have a very small pantry in my new home so it is essential that we use the space efficiently. Recently this little pantry was busting at it's seams so I decided to give it a mini makeover and post my tips for organizing your pantry here (well below). Special thanks to our Modern Handmade home series partner Kitchen Stuff Plus for all the organizational storage required to make this pantry makeover possible.
Here is a photo of what this tiny pantry looked like before:
... And here is the after:
Tips for Organizing your Pantry:
Remove Everything and Clean
To start remove everything from your pantry (even if you know you're going to keep it). Throw out or donate unwanted food, consolidate snacks and only keep the essentials. Clean the shelves thoroughly and perhaps think about painting or wallpapering the inside of the panty.
Take Measurements and Plan
Measure the depth, length and height of your shelves. Visit the Kitchen Stuff Plus website and determine which container sizes correspond with your needs. Do you need containers for pasta? spices? Baking confections? Cereal? Other food? Keep in mind not everything will require a new container.
Purchase and Layout Containers
Once you've confirmed your plan it's time to put it into action. Purchase your containers. Give them a rinse. Place them in your empty pantry as a trial run. Test out different locations. Step back and take a look. Once you've confirmed their placement you can fill them and start setting up your pantry.
Finalize your Pantry and Enjoy
Place the rest of your food back into the pantry. Again adjusting as you go to ensure optimal space is used and it is pleasing to the eye. Enjoy your pantry and have fun cooking!