One of the most requested areas for us to organize is the pantry. Families want to create a better system for a space that is used daily. While every pantry is located in the kitchen, not every pantry is built the same way. Each pantry is different just like the family that uses it. With this in mind, here are our top 3 tips for organizing your pantry to fit the needs for your family without breaking the bank.
Tip 1: Use containers you already have.
We believe this might be the biggest tip when looking to save some cash on organizing any space. Because if you use what you already have, you will stay within your budget better. And honestly, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel when looking to organize. If you already have containers in your pantry, find a way to repurpose them to better organize the shelves.
Tip 2: When necessary, purchase containers that will fit the space better.
While it’s best to use supplies you already have on hand, we recognize that it’s sometimes necessary to buy new materials that may organize a space better. Before you purchase new containers, make sure you measure the space you are working with. Count how many shelves you have and measure each one so that you know which containers will work best for the space. We recommend purchasing high-quality, sturdy containers for most used pantry items such as breakfast cereals and snacks.
Bonus tip: Whenever possible, arrange at least 3 containers of the same type and height in one shelf. You can add contrast on the shelves by using containers of different materials or textures—such as baskets—which will make the pantry more aesthetically pleasing.
Tip 3: Use budget-friendly labels to organize containers.
When creating an organizational system, the goal is to add simplicity back into your life. We recommend clearly labeling all containers so that everyone is on the same page with the new method and understands where items go. These are the labels we use and are budget friendly. Also, fun fact, did you know that when you get rid of original packaging and put the items in bags or smaller containers, you actually save space on shelves? Those containers aren’t just attractive, they are purposeful!
Conclusion, Create a system that works for you!
Overall, our biggest piece of advice is to create a system that works for you and your family. If you take the time to create a new organizational method, make sure it works for you and not against you. If keeping pantry items in their original packaging will save you time and energy, then do that! But perhaps you can take the time to make sure all the labels are facing outwards so it’s easier to read. Or maybe, you decide to group items together by how you eat those pantry staples. For example, all breakfast items on the top shelf versus dinner ingredients on the bottom shelf.
However you decide to organize your pantry on a budget, we’d love to see! Once you’ve implemented these tips into your pantry, tag me on Facebook or Instagram @joorganizing If you have any questions, feel free to email me with pictures of your pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can assist you better.