Organizing Your Pantry

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Finding things in an unorganized pantry can be frustrating. A well organized pantry can save you money by decreasing unneeded shopping trips. This page is about organizing a pantry.
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I save my mayonnaise jars, coffee cans (Folgers), and my catsup bottles for re-use again. I keep uncooked rice, dried beans, macaroni and graham crackers in the clear mayonnaise jars. I use the large coffee cans for dried beans, peas, and other items like spaghetti and noodles. The catsup bottles are used to put catsup back into. I buy at Smart and Final and the large cans fills up 5 of the catsup bottles for me. I place the rice into my freezer before putting it on the shelf because the rice sometimes has bugs and by freezing, it assures that the bugs will not hatch, if any are there.

By Louise from Cibola, AZ

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Since our kids are now on their own, we don't keep a large inventory of stored food goods in the pantry, but I do like to keep a few items stocked. I put a rubber band around the last item to remind me that I need to stock up on that particular food product.

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By it's.only.me from NE PA

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I have a big pantry. That said, I also share it with clothes, crafts, and things to sell. So, when I can, I try and make things like food take up less room. I put little things inside bigger things and those inside other things, etc. One thing that always helps me is to consolidate things that are alike to save space.

I opened 5 boxes of mac and cheese and dumped into a larger container. Each time I cook one, I know I will need just 8 oz. of pasta and one package of cheese mix.

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And the best thing is if there was a leak or summer heat took over, the pasta would be safe and dry.

N-JOY!

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I was forever looking for my little packaged goods. Now they are all in one place. I sat the shadowbox on four cans. For stability, you can use full cans with rocks or sand in them.

A shadowbox frame storing small packets in a pantry.

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May 12, 2010

"File" your food in your freezer. Organize frozen food boxes where the label shows and you can see what the item is. Put all meats "filed" together, all vegetable bags "filed" together, and all juices "filed" together.

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August 19, 2009

First of all, I empty all cardboard containers into plastic containers. Then I label them: pastas, rice, chips, crackers, spices, sugar, flour, etc. I do not use a canister set.

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I have these wonderful little jars from Oui' yogurt. I use the generic Splenda from the Dollar Tree. When I get a new box or two, I pre-fill all the jars I have so when I am done with one, I can just grab another.

Two filled jars of Splenda packets in the pantry.

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August 12, 2011

Pantries can get really messy. With their deep shelves, foods can easily get pushed to the back, only to be found after they expire.

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Use cute Dollar Tree organizers to organize your pantry!

An organized pantry shelf.

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I have a very narrow shelf in my pantry and could get only a few cans in. When I began to put one as far back on the shelf as possible and then the other as far front as possible (touching each other) then I could get several more on the shelf.

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January 14, 2005

Sometimes I get carried away by specials or forget I already have a lot of something and buy more. After my last pantry cleaning, I posted two lists on the refrigerator.

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The post about buying peanut butter reminded me of how I handle sale items. I store cans of coffee or jars of peanut butter upside down.

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The most recent item is right side up. When I open this one, I turn another one over.

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This is a really simple hint, but it helps me with my tiny pantry, just a few shelves in my kitchen. I try to keep like types of items together.

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I have a big pantry, but obviously it's not big enough. It has open shelving and since I have major OCD it drives me insane! Does anyone have any tips to make it both more functional and more aesthetically pleasing?

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My shelves are really deep, and so there is stuff just piled behind more stuff. It is not very functional.

By Jennie from Tempe, AZ

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful
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I purchased metal closet shelf dividers. Tomato items in a section, baking things, veggies, fruit, etc. I love it. Easy to find items even tho the shelves are deep, and also easy to take inventory for a store list.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful
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Purchase some plastic lazy susans at Wal-Mart or $ store. That should help.

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful
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Divide the shelves into sections. The hardware stores sell drawers that pullout for shelves. Or construct your own.

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February 7, 2014

I am dying to know how all of you with those beautiful pantries that have a container for every item keep your back up items? What do you do when you purchase more of an additional item? Keep it in the original bag unopened, until all of the "old" is used up? i.e. chips, pretzels crackers. etc.

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October 18, 20150 found this helpful

Unless it can be dehydrated, I don't buy anything until I need to. When the food item is down to about 1/3 then it goes on my list. I may not buy just then but wait if it's one of those food stuffs that goes on sale.

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January 14, 2017

This is a page about using drawers to organize pantry. Adding drawer sets to your pantry can create more useful and organized storage space.

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