I’m excited to share my pantry organization tips to help you stay organized, as well as how I covered my wire shelving for less than $10!
Our new home has blessed us with so much, but it did not bless us with a big pantry. However, I am up for the challenge! I am excited to share my pantry organization tips and tricks with you to help organize your space and keep it that way! My organizational discoveries work for pantries of all sizes. The kitchen is the hub of your home and where most of your time is spent. If the kitchen is a mess, then we are a mess. So let’s get our pantry organized and get our kitchen flowing nicely. BONUS! I am sharing how I covered my wire shelving for less than $10! Let’s get organized together! Once you get your pantry organized, head over to my Kitchen Organization post next!
Would you believe me when I say this shelving upgrade cost me less than $10 total!?!? Believe it! I can not stand wire shelving, but Alex has plenty on his honey-do list. I would love to replace all our shelving with wood, but this is my solution for the meantime using foamboard and contact paper. It makes a huge difference and was super easy to do. I think I may do this to every single one of our closets!
Measure and Remove Shelving
Before buying your foamboard, measure the surface of your shelves. For our pantry, one foamboard per shelf was plenty. Check out your local Dollar Tree first when purchasing the foamboard, ours had plenty and I know other stores charge triple the amount for the same thing. Remove the contents of your pantry and all shelving except for the lowest shelf. This will allow easier installation.
Cut your foamboard to the appropriate size. Don’t forget about the front piece too! Lay the foam over the bottom shelf to check sizing. If you like the way it fits, use this as your template for the other foamboards. Be sure to remove any stickers or labels.
Attach Contact Paper
Roll out a piece of contact paper big enough to cover the 2 pieces of foamboard (one for the top and the smaller one for the front). I made sure mine was big enough to fold over all sides of the board to create a smoother edge. Peel off the backing and lay it face down on a flat surface. Lay your foamboard on top and flip it over. Starting in the center, smooth out any bubbles with a flat edge. I used a spatula. If you get a few bubbles, remember they will be covered up with bins and food. Once it’s nice and smooth, flip it back over to fold over the excess. That’s it!
Lay Foamboard on Shelves
Lay the covered foamboard onto the shelf. I used a few pieces of clear tape to anchor the front piece. Install another shelf and repeat the process until your pantry shelves are covered. Also, be careful of the pattern you choose. Mine doesn’t look as pretty as it did in the packaging. It’s almost old lady looking :/. Oh well! Better than the wire shelves!
I cleared out an entire kitchen cabinet because of this beauty! A pantry door organizer can save you lots of space and I highly recommend you invest in one! Here’s one I found on amazon. Having our spices in one space at MY eye level is way more practical then having to grab the stepladder every time I make a meal (I know, short girl problems).
I love lazy susans so much that I dedicated an entire blog post to them! You can read it here. Check it out to see my DIY version. A lazy susan has great functionality by allowing you to use corners effectively and keep spaces tidy. Here’s a link to the lazy susans I have. Now my peanut butter won’t get shoved to the back of the pantry causing me to buy 6 jars. Now, I just do a quick little spin to check inventory when making our grocery list.
These air-tight OXO POP Containers are the bomb! These containers keep our pantry staples nice and fresh. The stacking feature allows me keep them organized and seen. OXO containers are a great tool for small pantries like ours and look nice too! Here’s my Amazon link. They come in handy for all the weird flours I acquire when I’m on a health kick. My $10 embossing labeler comes in handy when labeling the containers.
Spices take up less space when they are the same shape and size. I bought this kit to transfer the majority of our spices. I only have a few more to go! If you end up buying this same kit, know that the Trader Joes spices and the Great Value Organic spices are in the same jars. Peel off the label and and replace it with an embossed label like I did.
All my storage bins came from Walmart. I still need one more clear bin for my bread and baked goods, but can’t find it at any of our local Walmarts or online (insert eyeroll). I thought about not posting this until I found one, but I figured you can use your imagination. These bins are handy because you can pull them out and look at their contents. I am less likely to overbuy and waste when I can see everything easily.
Show me your Pantry Organization Tips and Tricks
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