Organizing a pantry is a bit of a guessing game. While it makes logical sense to measure it out to see what will be able to fit in there, that usually doesn’t happen.
Our third shelf in our pantry needed to be broken up into a few different bins. It was in one big bin and starting to overflow and there was space on both sides that wasn’t being used. Something needed to change. I knew breaking them up into a few baskets was the best option. The next quest was finding the baskets I was looking for. I had Home Goods in mind because they tend to have the best prices on baskets. However, I had stopped in Michaels first for something else and they had baskets on sale. Their selection is much wider than Home Goods and the chances of them having what I was looking was higher than Home Goods. I came across these storage baskets that have chalk labels. I love chalk labels especially for the pantry because we don’t always buy the same thing every week and things change. Chalk Labels make it very easy to change because you wipe it off, let it dry and write on the new label.
Home Goods, Ross, and Michaels are great places to get pantry baskets because they are very affordable. If Michaels isn’t having a sale, they still have a weekly coupon that you use getting 40% off a regular sale item. The other great place to find storage baskets is Costco. This one is a bit tricky because they don’t have a plethora of options like the other stores do.
Baskets can really take your pantry to the next level. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Using baskets will make opening your pantry more enjoyable.
Here’s how you can easily makeover your pantry:
- Empty out it out. Take out every thing in the pantry. This will give you a clearer visual of how you want it to look. If there is quite a bit of space between the shelves, try stacking bins to create more space.
- Group your current items into categories. Keep all of the breakfast food together, snacks together, etc. Keep the categories broad, getting too detailed will bring you more problems and leave you frustrated where to put things. Once you have the foods organized by category, take a picture of it. This will help you when you begin your search for baskets and bins.
- Check current bin selection. See what empty baskets you have around the house that aren’t being used first. You’d be surprised with what you might have that can be used again elsewhere.
- Plan your shopping trip. Now that you have your pantry empty and categorized, it’s time to purchase the bins and baskets. I prefer shopping for bins in baskets in store, it really helps give me a better visual than what’s online. Start with Ross or Home Goods or TJ Maxx. They tend to have the best prices for baskets. The selection is limited so if you can’t find anything there you’ll at least know you gave a shot. Michaels and The Container Store are the next best choices. Make sure to check their sales first to see if you can find a coupon online.
- Labels. It’s important to consider your labels when you are out shopping too so you don’t have to make more than one trip. Some baskets and bins come with labels while others don’t.
- Execute your plan. Once you’ve purchased or found the bins you need, put the food items in the basket, label it, and put it back in the pantry. Before you know it, you’ll have a pantry that you love looking at.
Here’s a before and after of our pantry makeover. While it was fairly organized beforehand, you can see the difference in the bins and baskets being used.
A friend of mine was inspired by our pantry makeover that they decided to get their pantry organized too! This always puts a smile on my face. Here is their before and after.
A few bins and baskets can go a long way.
Here’s a live video of our pantry: https://youtu.be/X21qeCZvfMs
My toughest challenge is always what categories to use, what categories do you use in your pantry?