As you can see, I have a VERY small pantry for a family of 7!
This has been a source of frustration ever since I moved into this house 2 years ago.
I have slowly learned that if you have a small pantry you must me creative and ORGANIZED to make it work.
For instance, I have had to be creative with storage and have dedicated some shelves in my laundry room right off of the kitchen for pantry type items. That is were I put a big basket full of all the chip bags for the boys lunches, along with jars of nuts, trail mix and Costco size fishy cracker box, etc. I have been organizing and overhauling that room too :)
I also have glass jars on my counter for flour, sugar, and brown sugar to save room (although--now with these changes in my pantry I probably have room).
I got rid of all the different containers for everything and used these IKEA jars instead. I can not believe the difference it has made! I have so much more room now that everything is a uniform size! Not to mentiion that now with the clear jars and labels, I can quickly and easily find anything I am looking for!
The baskets and cereal containers are from Walmart. I printed the labels here for free on cardstock. Then I laminated them and attached them with zipties or scrapbook dots (very strong). I left the labels for the cereal blank, so that I could write with a dry erase marker when we changed out the cereal.
The 'snack' basket is way up on the tops of the pantry so I have a little more control over the consumption of granola bars and such:)
I bought the turn table (lazy susan) for my oils and the expandable tiered shelf for my cans at Target. These were great purchases that have helped me easily find items on this small shelf that used to be such an unorganized mess!
I love this wire pantry door organizer that was already installed when I bought the house. I have seen them at Home Depot and Lowes and at very affordable prices. They really help add usable storage to a limited space. You really should check out all the options on the kitchen organizing isles at Target, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes. There are some great products!
I am so glad I took the time and invested the money in organizing this space in my kitchen. It has made a HUGE difference and I LOVE it. I smile every time I open this door--and that never happened before!
Why did I wait so long to do this?
Next up organizing the spice/ baking cupboard!