Now more than ever, we're spending more time in our homes and less time out-and-about at supermarkets. The thought of rearranging, let alone fully organising, your pantry can be intimidating and overwhelming, but the benefits (hello, easily accessible and curated pantry goods) will easily outweigh the one-time headache. Think of it like a treasure hunt: You'll definitely find some surprises. We often stock our pantries high with spices we forgot we already had (this can't just be us) and extra jars of peanut butter for snack emergencies. Take mental inventory of what you have to reduce waste and save you some cash. Stop small items from piling up and can getting lost in pantry chaos. Read on for our favourite pantry organization ideas.
When it comes to having a top-notch pantry, labels immediately come to mind. After you've de-potted your goods, use a label maker or tap into your inner calligraphist and draw one on. This leaves no room for interpretation and won't allow you to confuse the salt with the sugar.
Build a Mini Wall Pantry
If you need extra pantry space but don't have the extra square footage, build one into a preexisting wall or kitchen island. This compact and space-saving storage solution will keep you organized with your spices at the ready.
Install Sliding Drawers
We don't have much to say here other than game changer. Opt for drawers that easily glide in and out of your pantry. Invest now, thank us later.
Add Some Swivel Storage
Turntables, otherwise known as lazy Susans, are a great way to save space and stay organized. No more rearranging jars and cans when searching for the Nutella. Choose a tiered turntable for even more storage.
Go for Glass Containers
For items like spices, flours and grains, glass containers are the way to go. They make things easy to spot (along with–don't forget–a good label), are reusable (your wallet and the environment will thank you), and they're also easy to clean.
Build Custom Shelves
By installing custom shelving units, you're offered the luxury of controlling shelf height dependent on the items in your pantry. Have several juicers or baking accessories? Store these items on the bottom shelf and move your way up with smaller and lighter items.
Your New BFF: Window Film
If your pantry is equipped with glass doors, cover the glass with window film to block guests from seeing all of your pantry secrets.
Hang an Over-the-Door Basket
Organization has never been easier with hanging door racks. Place these guys on the inside of your doors and store away.
Don't Be Afraid to Match
Take advantage of an exposed pantry by styling it with colorful glassware.
Group Like Items
Definitely one of the most practical pantry organization hacks: Categorize. Pair canned goods with canned goods, cereals with cereals, and you'll never have to frantically search (not to mention, destroy your organized pantry) for anything again.
Search for Variety
Variety, variety, variety. Organize with a mix of containers, from baskets and mason jars to turntables and acrylic trays. The items in your pantry are endless, and so are the storage solutions.
Tap Into Unpredictable Storage Spaces
One of our favorite pantry organization ideas is to take it out of the pantry. And we like to think of armoires as the gift that keeps on giving. The storage possibilities are endless, especially if it has opaque doors. No one has to know what you're storing in there. Stock it high with overflowing goods, even glassware and cookware; we won't tell.
Add in Shelves or a Bookcase
Similar to building a mini pantry into a wall, save square footage by installing tall shelves over your countertops or a lean bookcase on an empty wall for extra pantry space.
Take Inventory With Chalkboard Wallpaper
If you're looking for a creative way to organize your pantry and get your kids involved, decorate your pantry door with chalkboard wallpaper. Have your kids help take inventory or even write out a menu for the week using what's already in your pantry.
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This article was originally published on Architectural Digest