This Pantry Combines Clever Storage and Colorful Wallpaper

Thoughtfully selected bins, jars, and baskets make this efficient space a food-storage powerhouse.

Savannah Kokaliares finally had a pantry with ample room to hold provisions for her family of six. She just needed to add storage strategies and a bit of style. Thanks to her work on the Classy Clutter blog, she had no shortage of ideas.

The pantry was large, but it was underperforming and needed a specific organizational system. When full, the shelves were messy and visually overwhelming. A U-shaped layout created wasted space in the corners.

white before pantry
Courtesy of the homeowner.

The pantry's most notable feature was its potential. Kokaliares cleared out everything, so she could give the existing shelves a fresh coat of paint before beginning to organize.

organized pantry with colorful wallpaper
Jay Wilde

First, she found a personality-packed wallpaper to jazz up the space. Then she grouped items in categories, such as baking supplies, packaged snacks, pasta, and canned goods. After measuring shelf depth, width, and height, Kokaliares selected plastic bins, glass jars, airtight acrylic containers, and metal baskets to organize each category. The end result is a storage dream.

Savannah Kokaliares, Homeowner

Adding labels in this pantry helps not only me remember where each item belongs, but my family as well.

—Savannah Kokaliares, Homeowner

Kids' snacks are easy to reach on lower shelves, dinner ingredients are placed at eye level, and small appliances and bulk items reside on the top shelf or floor. A sturdy step stool offers access to out-of-reach items.

close up of sugar jar
Jay Wilde

Vinyl labels made with a cutting machine identify jar contents. "Adding labels in this pantry helps not only me to remember where each item belongs, but my family as well," Kokaliares says.

pantry with white bins
Jay Wilde

White plastic bins hide busy packaging so the space feels neat and clean. Clear glass jars ($10, Target) and plastic containers help Kokaliares to know when she's running low on dry goods and to-go snacks.

close up of staple jar
Jay Wilde

Vinyl adhesive labels stand in for the original pancake mix packaging. Kokaliares writes expiration dates on the glass jars with a permanent marker, removing it easily with nail-polish remover.

close up of cans in white wire racks in pantry
Jay Wilde

Sturdy wire bins ($45, The Home Depot) stand up to heavy canned goods and can be pulled out to quickly reveal what's hiding in the back.

close up of corner of pantry
Jay Wilde

Twelve-inch lazy Susans prevent dressings, condiments, and jars of pasta sauce from disappearing in dark recesses. A nonskid silicone surface keeps the goods from sliding.

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Jessica Brinkert Holtam

Jessica Brinkert Holtam has spent over 20 years providing writing and editorial services, beginning with Exteriors and Flea Market Style, and continuing to work with Elegant Homes. She is the regional interiors editor of Better Homes & Gardens and regularly works with photographers, editors, and stylists. She also is the owner of Sprout Media Studios, an editorial business. Her writing and editorial work also appear in Elegant Homes, Country French, Refresh, and Décor.

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