For so long I have despised my small awkward corner pantry. I had ultimately assumed there was no way to make it functionally efficient until suddenly I was inspired to make it my mission. I decided to make do with what it had to offer.
Empty all the contents of the pantry and clean. Fortunately, My pantry does have door storage which has been my saving grace for my spices. This portion of my pantry had been organized long ago with mostly baking supplies on the top and other spices on the bottom two shelves (with most frequently used on the bottom).
PURGE. PURGE. PURGE. Often the main issue with pantries is that they become dumping sites for random objects without homes or collecting sites for old/unused foods. Go through everything and check expiration dates. If you know that it is something you will never use throw it out. I’d rather keep “rainy day” ingredients at the store than at my house.
Measure and shop for organizing containers. My pantry is _____. This is an important step because I am limited in containers and baskets will that fit in my pantry. So with that in mind, I was very selective about what I choose to purchase.
What I bought
I bought everything I used from Dollar Tree and Homegoods. At Homegoods, I was able to find brand name organizers like Interdesign Kitchen Binz at a discounted rate. They were $3.99 so I got four of them. I also got two of these packet organizers for $5.99. The only downfall here is that you never know what you will find because every store is different so, For instance, I had to settle on different colored small undershelf baskets in order to get four of the same size. These baskets were $3.99 and are great because they allowed me to maximize my vertical space in a renter-friendly way. I love clear containers for the pantry because it allows you to see what you have. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing container to use but it is the most functional in my book.
I also snatched these no brand glass jars for my flours at Homegoods. They were affordable and the perfect fit for my shelves. The large one was $3.99 and the small one $2.99.
Dollar tree pleasantly surprised me with an awesome selection of containers. I got four cookie jars, a basic glass jar (with the rice), a can holder, and two cereal containers. I would recommend using their website to get the quantity you want. They also have store pick up. However, I was unable to find the plastic containers online but I’m sure you can find them in-store.
These oil bottles were my fave! They are actually great quality and make cooking a breeze. I snatched 3 of them because I had a huge bottle of olive oil.
I couldn’t leave without getting some baskets for the floor. And some labels for my jars.
Organize. I simply put like-things together like canned goods, sauces, and pasta, etc. I think this part is pretty subjective but, I would recommend putting the most used items at eye level and things as visible as possible.
I’m so glad I tackled this pantry. It is has made life easier and top it off I only spent $65! I hope to inspire anyone who also has a small problem pantry like mine. If I can do it anyone can!