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Jen Jones

Organize This: Budget Busting Pantry!

Proper pantry organization can impact the functionality of the entire kitchen.  The pantry is important for storing our daily nutrients, and keeping it organized will ensure meal time goes off without a hitch.  Organizing the pantry can also assist with meal planning and grocery shopping, proper food storage and quick access to the items used most frequently.

What is better than an organized pantry?  An organized pantry on a budget!  The pantry above is quite effective, and many of the items purchased or used were found on the cheap.  Let’s take a closer look.

 

 

  1. Use cork tiles on the inside of the pantry door to pin up favorite recipes.
  2. Store dry goods in clear, air-tight storage containers to extend the food’s life and freshness factor.
  3. Shelf risers allow you to double your shelving space.
  4. Tiered shelf risers are great for allowing you to see jars, cans and spices that are stored towards the back of the pantry.
  5. Attaching a clipboard to the inside of the pantry door provides a space for a grocery list.  When something runs out, just pop it on the list and always be ready for shopping day!
  6. Simple clothespins work great as bag clips.
  7. Installing drawers in a pantry is always a great solution for ensuring nothing is lost in the back.  However, custom wooden options can be quite pricey.  Inexpensive storage bins can act as a sliding drawer, allowing you to store like items together, while still offering the pull out functionality that we all love.
  8. Lazy susans are fantastic for corralling smaller jars and bottles.  A quick spin and you can see all of your products in a jif!
  9. Shelf baskets clip onto shelves, giving you extra vertical storage where there once was none.
  10. Clear cereal containers allow you to quickly see what is remaining before heading to the grocery store, while preserving the freshness of the cereal for longer periods of time.

 

And a few bonus budget busting tips:

 

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When it comes to wire pantry shelves, cut foam board (found at the dollar store) to the size of your shelves and cover it with shelf liner.  This is an inexpensive way to ensure nothing falls through those wire grates and provides a streamlined appearance.

 

 

Use mason jars as inexpensive food storage.  And you can never go wrong with making your own labels!

 

 

Magazine files work great for corralling recipes, magazines and cookbooks.

 

 

cork tiles / lazy susan / shelf basket / labels / shelf liner / shelf riser / magazine file / clothespins / tiered riser / food storage

 

 

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Pantry!

The pantry is often a small space, however, it has to function BIG!  Typically used to store food, it may also be the home of small appliances, serving pieces, paper products, etc… That means it is important to maximize the space provided and organize it in a way that makes sense on a daily basis.

Here are some of my no fail pantry organizing tips!

  • It’s good to give your pantry a good starting foundation.  Foods of all kinds are stored in the pantry, and that can mean drips and spills.  I started in our own pantry by adding pretty liner, which has provided us with super simple clean ups.
  • Hanging a clipboard within the pantry will allow you to keep a weekly shopping list right at your fingertips.
  • Tuck a step stool inside to help you reach the shelves up high with ease.

 

  • Tiered shelves and lazy susans are magical additions to the pantry since they don’t allow items to get lost in the back.  They keep everything visible and easy to access.

 

  • A dry erase board mounted inside of the pantry is a great spot to manage meal planning.
  • The addition of simple hooks allow you to hang linens within the pantry; everything from aprons to hand towels to oven mitts.

 

  • Label, label, label.  Labels are great for determining food types {especially when similar in shape, color and size}.  They also help ensure that things make their way back to their original home.

 

  • By using clear storage containers within the pantry, you can always see exactly what you have on hand right at first glance, and food stays fresher for longer.

 

  • The back of the cabinet or pantry door is always prime real estate for storage of all kinds.  Over the door organizers, magnetic boards and hooks are all great items that will make the most of your space.

 

  • Divide your pantry into areas or zones that make the most sense to your daily routine.  Keep like items together and categorize items by food type.  Place frequently used items right within reach and less used items up high or down low.
  • Another great way to maximize the space originally provided, is to invest in expandable organizers, which clip below shelves or stack above, to ultimately triple your storage.

 

  • Pantries tend to be designed a few feet deep, which means things can easily be forgotten in the back.  A great solution is to install roll out drawers so that nothing shows up on the missing persons food report.

 

  • Baskets make a great, less expensive alternative option to the pull out cabinet drawers.  They hold the same functionality of pulling all contents out at a time, but at a fraction of the cost.

 

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Style Spotter Editor

Fun Labels To Get You Organized

Hi Everyone, this is Samantha Thorpe from Storage magazine. We are really into using labels to help keep you and your family organized. No matter what area you need to get in order in your house—closet, pantry, bathroom, entry, or kid’s room—labels help everyone know where to return items so the next person can find them. Now, that is easier said then done.

But fun labels are a great reminder that there is “A place for everything and everything in its place,” as Isabella Mary Beeton first wrote in The Book of Household Management in 1861.  So try downloading these labels to get organized today.

Make it easy to find food you have stocked in your pantry with these mix-and-match labels (above left) available at  BHG.com/FoodLabels. You can add your own categories as well!  These free downloadable labels come in a variety of patterns and sizes. They’re easy to customize to describe your containers’ contents.

You can also get your kids organized with labels that make it easy for them to put things away. For kids who can’t read quite yet, use labels with photos to help them put their trains, stuffed animals, and other items in the right place.

-Samantha Thorpe, Storage Magazine

Chelsey Andrews

DIYify: Open Pantry Storage

Do you have an open pantry? Sometimes clutter can take over and then you can’t ever find anything you’re looking for. It’s a sad day, but this sweet little organized pantry has inspired me! It’s open, organized, and lovely to look at. Would you like your pantry to look like this? Oh man, me too. So to get us all started, I’ve gathered up some links and goodies to create your own pretty open pantry. Just like the photo above.

Plus, I made some free label tags for you to print out. I’ve added wording to some of them, but there are also blank labels to print. You’ll find the link below.

 

1. A free printable, from me. Labeled tags, blank tags. 2. Screw Eye Hook, Amazon 3. Glitter Twine, Knot & Bow 4. Chrome Cabinet Shelf, Storables  5. Glass Canisters, The Container Store  6. Large Bamboo Crate, Storables  7. Kerr Wide Mouth Mason Jars, Amazon

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama