Every homemaker’s dream is to have a well-stocked, well-equipped, and optimally organized kitchen. Be it a little nook we are making do with as part of our first rental or the majestic, marble-countered playground we’ve always wanted, kitchen pantry organization will always be an essential part of keeping house. This is why I’ve put together a list of creative kitchen pantry organization projects that will transform the way you view your pantry! Read more below.
Practical Pantry Organization Projects That Really Work
Nothing gets me riled up more than a disorganized kitchen pantry. I am allergic to wasted space and storage “solutions” that make no sense! Our family’s needs are always evolving, so it’s only natural to have to revisit the way we do kitchen pantry organization (like, where do I put all this pet food now that my kids finally got that dog they wanted!). And with the holidays coming up, I’ll be logging extra hours in the kitchen, so I need a space that works for me! So I am always on the lookout for ingenious hacks and projects that will maximize my pantry space and help me make things easier for my family—no more “Mom, where are the snacks?” ever again! I am loving all of the kitchen pantry organization projects on this list, and I hope you find a couple that will work for you too.
1. Canned Food Baskets
How to store cans is always hotly debated on by home organizers. They’re bulky, but also need to be within easy reach. While there are a lot of storage ideas out there, sometimes the most effective solution is the simplest: Wire baskets that can perfectly store your stash of cans while still looking neat and organized. No risk of falling stacks, and everything is visible at a glance.
2. Chalkboard Pantry Doors
Never forget an item on your shopping list again. By either gluing thin chalkboards cut to fit your pantry doors or painting the doors themselves with chalkboard paint, you’ll have an evergreen inventory, grocery list, and to-do list greeting you each morning!
3. Chip Clips on Cabinet
One of the chief clutter culprits in your kitchen? Half-eaten bags of chips. While your restraint not to eat the whole bag in one go is admirable, it still doesn’t solve the problem of how they can be stored efficiently and in the most organized way. Enter this ingenious hack: Install a short rail and a row of clips inside your kitchen cabinet or pantry. Clips keep the chips fresh, and they’re always in sight and easy to grab.
4. Condiments In Wasted Space
Smaller pantries bear the burden of having to make every square inch work. Make good use of the wasted space in the inner corner of your pantry by installing pencil holders from the dollar store to hold all your smaller tins and bottles. Instant spice rack, without taking up precious pantry shelf real estate.
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5. Customized Cubbies
If you’ve decided to make kitchen pantry organization a priority project this year, why not completely rethink and redo your pantry? Assess the kind of storage you truly need and build around your requirements. Installing cubby holes that perfectly fit your baskets and trays, partitions, and slide-out shelves are all easily achievable with proper planning and careful measurement. Now, everything has its place in your pantry!
6. Glass Jars With Chalkboard Labels
Oversized lidded glass jars are every organized homemaker’s must-have. They’re stylish, but also very functional. Make glass jars an essential feature of your kitchen pantry organization by attaching chalkboard labels on them. Everyone in the family will easily find what they’re looking for, and you’ll also know when you’re running low on something at a glance.
7. Lazy Susans
When it comes to kitchen pantry organizations, corners are always a bone of contention. They easily become black holes for cans, condiments, and other bulk items that never see the light of day again. Consider hooking up your pantry with some lazy susans. You end up storing more, but also using more of your pantry items because everything became that much more accessible.
8. Shoe Organizer
Where would we be without the indispensable over-the-door shoe organizer? Bring one into the kitchen to level up your kitchen pantry organization. The clear pockets make it easy to stash snacks and soup mixes. Your kids won’t need to rummage through your pantry for an after-school snack anymore.
9. Slide-Out Shelves
If you’re constantly rummaging around the dark depths of your pantry shelves, why not look into installing slide-out shelves? With a bit of woodworking, you’ll be able to access the deepest recesses of your pantry in one fluid motion!
10. Tiered Storage
Your tiered bathroom caddy can do double duty as a kitchen pantry organization tool. Unload your chips, snacks, and other small pantry items from your shelves and store them here instead. This way, they’re always within arm’s reach on the kitchen counter, or already on display for when guests come by your home.
11. Rotating Can System
Bust out your tools and make this amazing rotating can system. You’ll readily access whatever cans you need, and you can easily take stock of your supplies at a glance. Doesn’t the image of these extremely well-organized can system make your heart sing?
12. TV Cabinet Extra Pantry
I am inspired by what this crafty mama did! She figured out how much extra floor space she had in her kitchen and came up with a whole new pantry–an extension, if you will. This plain cabinet was then filled with the right-size baskets to add a whole new place to store her dry goods. And the best part about it is her TV fits perfectly atop the cabinet, making this pantry a great multi-tasker!
Looking for even more inspiration? Take a look at this video by MissLizHeart for more kitchen pantry organization ideas:
Aren’t all of these ideas exactly what we all need? I love how creative we can all get when it comes to kitchen pantry organization. Which project made you go “Eureka?” Or do you have any pantry hacks of your own? Let me know in the comments below!
Looking for more organization projects to try this winter? Check out DIY Organization Ideas for Your Laundry Room!