The strongest indicator of a functioning home is the state of the kitchen pantry.
We’ve all dealt with the overwhelming amount of cardboard boxes, a mixture of stale and fresh food, and the battle of fighting for our favorite snack located behind almost every other box in the pantry. Enough is enough.
Take control of your home and organize your kitchen pantry. The task may seem daunting, but don’t worry. We have your back with some tips and tricks.
Below you will find 10 hacks for organizing your pantry. Snack time will be so much easier afterward.
1. Buy a Door Shoe Hanger
Not only can those fun plastic pouches help you pick out your shoes each day, they can help organize all the bags of chips and pasta you have in your pantry.
Open some shelf space by picking out smaller boxed or bagged items and slip them in the pouches after hanging it on your door. If you want to get even fancier, use a marker and blank stickers to label the pouches.
Put your favorite snack on the top row so your kids can’t reach it. You’ll thank us for this idea later.
2. Snatch a Lazy Susan
Lazy susans are perfect for placing cans of soups or spice bottles on top of. Next time you need to add a little garlic powder to your marinara, you won’t be shoving the bottles off the shelf.
All you have to do is give it a little spin until you find what you are looking for.
Lazy susans are also great when you want to organize smaller plates or teacups. Stack them up and clear some space for your new wine glasses.
If you feel like you should keep going with this and renovate your whole kitchen, then don’t stop there. There are so many ideas to be explored.
3. Choose Clear Bins
Stop with the confusing cardboard boxes and ripped off labels. The saddest feeling is reaching for a snack and realizing someone only left a single cracker left.
Pour everything into a clear container so you know when things should be restocked. It’ll make your kitchen pantry more organized and a whole lot more appealing.
If you have some extra time on your hands, get fancy with the labels. Add cute pictures and colors to help categorize your snacks. Small children unable to read may also have a better time understanding graphics.
4. Bring Shower Caddies Outside the Bathroom
Slap on a hook on the backside of your kitchen pantry door and hang your old shower caddy. Make sure you clean out the shampoo gunk before you do so.
Once it’s hung up, throw your lemonade packets or some apples in there! All you have to do is open the door, reach over, and quickly grab the snack you’ve been craving.
Who knew they could be so multi-purposeful? The best part is that you can find plastic ones in most home stores for a super low price.
5. Clean out Your Closet Hangers
Everyone knows those slightly too small, annoying clip hangers that come with your new slacks or skirt. Take those out of your closet and put them in your kitchen pantry.
Not only can you use them to hang on your wire shelves, the clips also can help keep your chips fresh. Now you don’t have to deal with searching for the one chip clip you know you have with no recollection of what drawer you threw it in.
If small enough, you might also be able to stack them up in one close area within the closet. Or use one to hang on a kitchen cabinet knob so you can reach up and snack while preparing dinner.
6. Clean out the Clutter
Luckily, this tip doesn’t require buying or creating anything. All you have to do is have a quick talk with yourself about which snacks and items you really need.
We all understand cravings so maybe you don’t need those cookies, but you want them. That’s okay.
However, let’s say you saw something that looked good, but you didn’t quite enjoy the taste. Instead of letting it sit in your kitchen pantry and take up space, throw it out.
A thorough cleaning will open up space you didn’t know you had.
7. Make Use of Dinner Platters
Every home owns at least one serving tray they only break out once a year when guests come over for the holidays. I know it may be tough to cover Santa with spice bottles, but we can get through this together.
Set up your trays on the different shelves and use them for a surface on which you may place smaller items that may easily become lost among the large containers and cereal boxes.
No one wants to empty a whole shelf for a packet of taco seasoning.
8. Buy Some Baskets
Running to the nearest store to pick up a handful of baskets is simple. Baskets come in all shapes and sizes, and they are honestly some of the most useful necessities in a home.
Place larger items and utensils in a basket to slide under the bottom shelf. Throw some labels on small baskets to place cracker boxes inside.
If your kids have snacks that are specifically theirs, let them decorate their own basket so they know which food is theirs.
9. Sliding Shelves are Magic
One of the best kitchen hacks is the use of a sliding shelf. If storage space is limited, purchase shelves you can simply slide out when you need something.
Clutter in a kitchen pantry is often created by arms reaching to the back of shelves and knocking over everything over on the way out. With the ability to slide a drawer out and back in, worry no more about wreaking havoc on your shelves.
10. Place Things Elsewhere
Once you start organizing not only your kitchen pantry but your cabinets too, you’ll find space you didn’t know you had.
If space opens up in another cabinet across the kitchen, move some things around. Maybe the pots and pans can go beside the stove instead of above the cookie container.
Make Your Kitchen Pantry Your Friend
We will let you in on a secret. You don’t have to hate your pantry. We know that seems difficult.
With these tips and tricks, you can make up with your storage spaces. All it takes is a little time, creativity, and love.
To check out other hacks to fall in love with your kitchen even more, scroll through our site for some more help and ideas.