24 Ways to Organize Your Pantry!

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Does the chaos in your pantry bring you close to tears? ;)

You’ll love these Pantry Organization Tips from your frugal friends shared on The Frugal Girls Facebook Page

Pantry Organization Tips

Mandi said: “I have a small dry erase board on the inside of my pantry door. That way when I take the last of something I can write it down. It also makes its easy to jot down what “else” you need to buy for a recipe as you are looking for ingredients. Then on grocery day, I refer to the dry erase board when making my list.”

Dry Erase Board

Stacey said: “I bought a label maker and put labels (e.g. cereal, canned fruit, pasta, etc.) so my family would know where to put the stuff.  It has worked pretty well.”

Ashley said: “Our pantry is ‘sorta’ organized with items that go together.  Example: peanut butter & bread/ taco shells & taco meat packet mix, cereal on another shelf (with cookies hidden behind tall boxes), cans of soup & ingredients, baking goods on another shelf.
The only problem I’ve had is, my hubs doesn’t put the items back in their proper spots, which is why I said ‘sorta’ organized.”

K-Cup Organizer Sale

Luise said: “My pantry is sorted by type, (sides, baking, canned, cereal) as well as by expiration date.  Any time I buy stuff (on sale!) I sort it in by date. That way things don’t get forgotten in the back of the shelf and nothing expires.”

Alyssa said: “I have one shelf for “quick foods” like cereal, mac & cheese, oatmeal, ect. And another one for ingredients, such as canned veggies, pasta noodles, rice, ect.  Then the last shelf is entirely soups, since my husband takes a can to work every day.  It makes it easier in the morning, so he doesn’t end up accidentally grabbing a can of green beans for his lunch, and when we come in tired, we can just grab a quick food from the main shelf and know it only takes one or two ingredients to make a meal.”

Stephanie said: “I have turned our hall closet into an extra pantry, full of BOGO’s from Publix.  I put the newest stuff in the back.  Our kitchen pantry is organized by type of food.  One shelf is for baking, one is canned and jarred, one for boxed, extra soda & k-cups are on the bottom and my cookbooks & cutting boards are on the top shelf.”

Suzanne said: “Last year we took our tax refund and turned part of the garage into a pantry that leads off the kitchen.  Best investment ever.”

Organizing Cupcake Liners… in Mason Jars!

Organize Cupcake-Liners

Angie said: “I have a shelf for baking (flour, sugar, etc) and pasta, another for canned goods, another for boxed dinners for nights we’re in a pinch, one for boxed snacks, and a 2 tier sliding tray for packet gravies and soups!”

Robin said: “I put boxed foods in clear plastic boxes for the pantry.  Instead of changing/making labels, I simply cut off the box top or part of the name of the product and put it in the container with the food.  I can easily SEE what’s in the container and KNOW by name exactly what it is.  If it needs directions, I also cut that out and put it in the container where it can be seen.”

Rubbermaid Modular

Janice said: “One thing I found so helpful years ago is getting Rubbermaid Modular Containers.  These stack so well and they have charts telling how much of each thing can fit in the container.  It’s easy to see if something is getting low. The food stays fresh, and best of all, the cabinets and pantry stay so neat! It is a little work after shopping, but I find it so satisfying to have an organized pantry that it’s actually fun.”

Rubbermaid Modular Containers

Shannon said: “All dry ingredients/products are stored in 32 oz mason jars. (pasta, raisins, choc. chips, rice, flour, etc)”

Lorraine said: “I have 3 shelves in my pantry… The top for sides like mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, pastas yatta yatta.  The second is for the breakfast foods.  And our bottom one is for everything else.  I have a storage bin for the randoms like single ramen noodles and anything else that has cluttered the other shelves.  I also have a cabinet cleared out just for cans.” :)

Alison said: “I recommend a Lazy Susan for canned and small items!”

Amy said: “I save all my empty containers, (i.e. butter and sour cream tubs) and use them instead of buying expensive Tupperware or Ziploc tubs… and my children get to decorate them so I know whats in it”

Jody said: “I use a closet door shoe rack- thanks to Pinterest.  Great for all my toddler snacks, jello, rice, spice packets… endless options!!”

Stephanie said: “Never underestimate the power of BINS!  Micro organize things in your cabinets like band-aids, things you use in the bath, things you use for your manicures/pedicures, pet supplies, etc….  In the kitchen you can use a bin for spice packets too, or baking items in a large bin!  PURGE! If you haven’t used it in a year, donate it! Feel good for paying it forward and you will live better with less clutter.”

Clear Storage Container

 

Venessa said: “I use clear storage containers.  I also have my spices in a rectangular container and they are alphabetized with the 1st initial on the top of a lid.  It helps a lot!”

Kathy said: “I also attempt to use baskets or bins for meal planning.  For each meal, all non-frozen ingredients go in a basket.”

Vi said: “Take a Sharpie and write the date on your groceries the day you buy them. With this written on the package in larger print, you can read it easier and use the older dated items first.  That is what I do before I put the items in my pantry.”

Kitchen TipsElizabeth said: “I go through mine every Wednesday and get rid of expired items and make a list of what I need to get at the store.”

Debi said: “If I was smart, I would let my daughter organize it!  She doesn’t hesitate to throw things out that we don’t use! ;0)”

Lynn said: “I am getting ready for vacation by NOT grocery shopping.  Cleaning out the freezer and pantry both. When I get back in a month, we’ll start from close to empty!”

Groceries

Bonnie said: “Do NOT let the kids unpack the groceries!”

And finally… Dawn just admitted that “ours is a freaking disaster!” ;)

Do YOU have any tips or tricks for organizing your pantry??

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15 Responses to 24 Ways to Organize Your Pantry!

  1. Mine is different every week. Plus I have things all over the house in cabinets. I try to organize it some, but we use everything so fast, and coupons give us different types of deals each week it’s hard to keep a system.

  2. debi CA) says:

    if i was smart, i’d let my daughter organize it! she doesn’t hesitate to throw things out that we don’t use! ;0)

  3. Lorraine says:

    I have 3 shelves in my pantry……The top one is for sides like mashed potatoes, rice in bowes, mac n cheese, pastas yatta yatta. The second is for the breakfast foods: cereal cream of wheat, morning muffins, oatmeal. And our bottom one is for everything else on the left i keep my pasta noodles extra sauces the middle i have a storage bin with randoms like single ramen noodles extras of anything that cluttered the other shelves and to the right I have snacks and crackers.

    I also have a cabinet cleared out esp for cans which has only 2 shelves top shelf is for veggies bottom shelf is for the few canned fruits i have and pie fillings :)

  4. Venessa says:

    I use clear storage containers like the ones you can find online at Walmart called Better Homes and Gardens Flip-Tite 4-Piece Storage Set – http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=Better+Homes+and+Gardens+Flip-Tite+4-Piece+Storage+Set&ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_constraint=0&se=polaris&
    I also have my spices in a rectangular container and they are alphabetized with the 1st initial on the top of a lid. It helps a lot!
    Thanks for all the other tips everyone!!

  5. 13th way for organizing MY pantry: Have someone else do it!!!! hee hee

  6. Amy says:

    I save all my empty containers i.e. Butter tubs and sourcream tubs and use them instead of buying expenssive tupperware or ziplock tubs.. and my children get to decorate them so i know whats in it

  7. Robin says:

    When I put boxed foods in clear plastic boxes for the pantry, Instead of changing/making labels, I simply cut off the box top or part of the name of the product and put it in the container with the food. I can easily SEE what’s in the container and KNOW by name exactly what it is. If it needs directions, I also cut that out and put it in the container where it can be seen.

  8. Mandi says:

    I have a small dry erase board on the inside of my pantry door. That way when I take the last of something I can write it down. It also makes its easy to jot down what “else” you need to buy for a recipe as you are looking for ingredients. Then on grocery day, I refer to the dry erase board when making my list.

  9. Kathy Jones says:

    I also attempt to take baskets or bins and when I do my meal planning if I have meals that I have frozen that needs a few items I put them in a basket for each meal, if not frozen all ingredients go in a basket.

  10. Maryann says:

    I have found that using those plastic shoe boxes work great for storing packets(taco seasoning,ranch dip, etc) also I put labels on the ends telling what they are. This started when we got a mouse in the house. I was determined it would starve if he insisted on living in my house.

  11. donna duree says:

    I have a deep pantry, so I purchased pull out shelf’s so that I can reach everything! One for boxed items, one for baking/pasta and rice/beans and one for cans and jars. I even put them in for my pots and pans. I really love being able to reach everything, one of the best investments I have made!

  12. Jennifer says:

    I carry my cell phone with me everywhere – yes, I’m one of those – so I put my grocery list on it. Then if the hubby goes to the store and calls to ask what I need, since he forgot by the time he got there, I can just text him the list no matter where I am.

  13. barb beverly says:

    TUPPERWARE-guaranteed replacements, worth the cost…seals great, keeps food fresh, no waste.

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