An Organized Pantry in the Making

by katie

My love of organizing has spread throughout my home yet my pantry has been neglected. How? Well, I’ve tried working on it over and over again, but one project or another takes over and it gets ignored. I’ve recently started working on it again and this is what I have so far.


I think that the reason why I’ve pushed it aside for other projects is because I really don’t know what to do with it. This is really the most organized I have had it yet. I’m starting to think that I need to get larger shelving. This shelf system seems to be too small for everything I need to store. 
Now obviously this was a closet before. You can still see the rod going across. My goal for this would be Ikea style organization. I would much rather utilize it than take it out. For now, it  holds my plastic bag dispenser.

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In the mean time, this is what I’ve come up with. I purchased dollar store bins to store either glass containers of things that would otherwise make a mess like pasta, rice, cereal, oil, flour, sugar, etc.

I used chalkboard labels and twine to tie them most of them with. I’ve used these labels throughout my kitchen.

The wire bins on the side are used for packets of oatmeal, other breakfast items and more baking needs. ( I typically only use marshmallows when baking.)

The top shelf is where I store extra paper towels, toilet paper and tissues. I still have yet to find a place for my daughter’s Easy Bake Oven she never uses. Talk about a waste of money! I also save the latest VoxBoxes until I’m done with reviews and such.
So far, this is what I have done. Do you have any suggestions? Share them below!
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28 comments

Renard Moreau July 15, 2015 - 9:07 am

[ Smiles ] You are well-organized and you have a way of doing it in a stylish manner.

Thank you for another lovely post.

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Kate Lynn July 16, 2015 - 9:32 pm

Thank you!

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Gabrielle July 15, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Love this post! I also recently organized my pantry and after many attempts over the years, I finally found a similar system to this! It wasn't until I started to put everything into storage bins, like you did here, that things have finally found their place and it's easy to keep it maintained! Great post! πŸ™‚

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Kate Lynn July 16, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Agree! The bins are a lifesaver. πŸ™‚

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Gentle Joy July 16, 2015 - 3:48 pm

It is so nice to be making progress in the organizing of our homes… it is an ongoing thing… and such a worthwhile project! πŸ™‚

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Kate Lynn July 16, 2015 - 9:34 pm

Thanks!

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Nana July 16, 2015 - 9:34 pm

Great job! I love organization too!

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Deborah Davis July 17, 2015 - 3:55 am

I just hopped over from Pin Worthy Wednesday to read, enjoy and PIN your pantry organizing tips. All the best, Deborah

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Thank you!

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Trish Martin July 17, 2015 - 6:22 am

Your pantry is looking good. I have been working on mine too. I had to stop because I have more pressing things that I need to do. The Dollar store have some great storage items.

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:37 pm

They do! I love them!

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Julia Nyanyo July 17, 2015 - 9:55 am

I have an awkward thin cupboard that I'm trying to get to grips with now, I like the red containers you found, bright and practical. Sometimes it's hard to find how to use the space most effectively, I'm off to look for some containers that will fit my space, then with cute labels like yours I will be on my way to total cupboard organisation!

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Good luck! I know what you mean about an awkward thin cupboard. I have two and this pantry to work on! πŸ™‚

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robin lorraine williamson July 17, 2015 - 2:38 pm

I love bins for organizing and the colors add a nice touch thanks for sharing have a great week

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Thank you, Robin!

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Amber Harrop July 19, 2015 - 1:25 pm

I am jealous you have a pantry I have only cupboards – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Well, if I did indeed need the closet space then I wouldn't have one either. Thanks for stopping by!

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me July 20, 2015 - 10:15 pm

I love that you used some baskets with handles on them. I can see that this would make it super easy to grab them out of the pantry, take them directly to your cooking/baking area, and easily clean up/store when you are done. I always feel like I'm grabbing a bunch of individual ingredients when many, especially baking items, could be toted together.

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Yes! That is exactly why I use these and group similar items together! πŸ™‚

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Anne M July 21, 2015 - 3:06 am

Nothing nicer than an organised pantry Kate. I love yours. Mine is always a work in progress. When I unpack the shopping its usually a rush and there goes my organised pantry. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. Hope to see you this Thursday!

Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Thank you, Anne!

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Theresa July 21, 2015 - 7:52 am

I've been battling my extra small pantry. It is really narrow and deep which makes it extremely difficult for the family to keep organized. I love how yours is turning out. I might have to try baskets with handles. That's a great idea. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party @DearCreatives

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:41 pm

Thank you, Theresa!

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Carole West July 21, 2015 - 11:30 am

Organization is a wonderful thing. I do something similar with baskets and canisters. Makes a huge difference and makes grab and go and cooking a breeze.

Carole @ Garden Up Green

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Rachael July 21, 2015 - 1:15 pm

I love the chalkboard labels! When I was a teacher the dollar store was my go to for storage bins to organize my class. I was actually just using some bins from the Dollar Tree that I brought home from my classroom to organize things in my closet like scarves and craft items.
I have yet to organize my whole pantry, but I do have a few things in bins. I love bins with high sides for little things that might fall out. For example I have a bin full of extra mason jar lids. For large things like my big bottles of oil and assortment of vinegar bottles I prefer something with lower sides so that I don't have to pull the whole bin off the shelf to pull out one bottle. Right now I just have them in an aluminum casserole pan I had left over from a 2 pack I got at Walmart.
Where did you get your chalkboard labels from?

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Kate Lynn July 29, 2015 - 9:42 pm

They're actually from the Dollar Tree. πŸ™‚ I just cut them out with the backing still on them rather than taking the sticker off and tied them with twine. πŸ™‚

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Kristine Hart July 21, 2015 - 9:36 pm

Hi Kate! Thank you for some great Ideas! Saying "hello" from MondayMadness!
Kristine πŸ™‚

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Kimberly Lewis July 27, 2015 - 10:12 pm

Oh my! Great ideas! Pinned and tweeted. Please join us tonight at 7 pm, and party with us. I can’t wait to see your new masterpieces or amazing classics! Lou Lou Girls

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