At Nice & Neat Homes, we understand that an organized pantry can make a world of difference in your daily life. Many of us struggle with small pantries that seem impossible to keep tidy. But fear not, because we’re here to share our expert tips on how to organize your small pantry effectively. Don’t want to read a whole blog post? Click here to see our reel about organizing a small pantry. However, we recommend you stick around because, in this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the best practices for pantry organizing and introduce you to some essential tools that can transform your pantry into an organized, functional space.
TIERED SHELF RISERS FOR CANNED GOODS
When it comes to pantry organizing, one of the key challenges in a small space is making the most of your vertical storage. Tiered shelf risers are a great addition for small pantry organization. These ingenious tools create additional levels of storage, maximizing the space in your pantry.
Tiered shelf risers are perfect for housing canned goods, jars, and spices. By stacking items vertically, you create a clutter-free, organized pantry that’s not only functional but visually appealing. These risers ensure that no inch of your pantry goes to waste. Here are some of our favorite shelf risers.
OPTIMAL SPACE UTILIZATION
To truly master the art of pantry organizing, you need to ensure that the full depth of your pantry is utilized. Deep acrylic bins are a game-changer in this regard. Their transparent design allows you to see the contents without rummaging through the pantry, which is a common frustration in small spaces. Use these to store dry goods, pasta, snacks, and more.
Another tip for pantry organizing is using an over-the-door organizer to add more storage and maximize all the space you have. It’s customizable so you can easily adjust the basket placement or remove some if needed. If you’re organizing on a budget, this Amazon over-the-door organizer is more affordable and will still get the job done.
TURNTABLES FOR EASY ACCESSIBILITY
Do you often find yourself struggling to reach items at the back of your pantry, only to accidentally knock over other items? Turntables are the solution to this common problem. These rotating platforms allow for effortless access to items from any angle, making your pantry a breeze to navigate.
We recommend using turntables for condiments, oils, and frequently used sauces. With a simple spin, you can quickly locate what you need without causing any pantry chaos. Here are a few options for turntables that are affordable and great for a small space.
LARGE BASKETS FOR SNACKS, BREAD, & CHIPS
Small pantries often struggle with snacks, bread, and chips taking up valuable space. Large baskets come to the rescue, offering an elegant solution to keep these items organized and easily accessible. We recommend using any of these baskets.
Organize your snacks in designated baskets to eliminate clutter and make your pantry look inviting. To truly establish a system of organization, label your baskets. This will ensure everyone in your household can quickly find their favorite snacks. Here is one of our favorite pantries we’ve organized. The labeled baskets make it look organized and beautiful.
Small pantries can quickly become overwhelmed with bulk items and overflow from your grocery shopping. This is where bins for bulk and overflow storage become essential. These sturdy containers provide a dedicated space for excess supplies, preventing your pantry from becoming overcrowded.
Categorize items within these bins to maintain an organized pantry. Create separate bins for canned goods, dry goods, and cleaning supplies. This systematic approach ensures that everything has its place and eliminates the frustration of searching for specific items. We love these Y-Weave bins from Target and these multipurpose bins from The Container Store.
Now that you know good products for organizing your small pantry, here are 5 tips to keep everything organized.
Tip 1: Regular Decluttering: Make it a routine to regularly review your pantry and remove items that are expired or no longer needed. Anything that needs to be eaten first should stay at the front, and new products you purchase should go towards the back. Decluttering is the first step to an organized pantry. Click here to download our ultimate guide to decluttering!
Tip 2: Group Similar Items: Group like items together to create a more user-friendly pantry. Dedicate specific sections to canned goods, baking supplies, breakfast items, and more, making it easy to find what you need.
Tip 3: Maximize Vertical Space: Take full advantage of your pantry’s vertical space by installing hooks, shelves, or magnetic strips on the inside of cabinet doors. This extra storage is perfect for spices, utensils, or even pots and pans.
Tip 4: Label Everything: Adding labels to your bins, baskets, and jars not only adds a personal touch but also makes it easy to find and return items to their proper place. Here are some our favorite label makers. We also offer custom vinyl labels to complement any space.
Tip 5: Maintain a Shopping List: Keep a running shopping list in your pantry. Whenever you run out of a staple, jot it down immediately. This ensures you stay well-stocked and avoid over-purchasing. We love these acrylic whiteboards to make keeping a shopping list easy. You can put it on your fridge, in your pantry, or in a mudroom!
With the guidance and tips provided, you can achieve a beautifully organized, functional small pantry. Say goodbye to pantry chaos and hello to the serenity of a well-organized space where everything has its place. At Nice & Neat Homes, we’re committed to helping you turn your small pantry into a haven of order and efficiency.