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Organized Home - Pantry and Cupboard Storage Solution

Updated on July 5, 2011

I was looking at the spice storage racks at my local DIYish store the other day, and none NONE none of them fit my little tiny cupboard where I like to keep my spices.  I had to get creating, so I came up with this:

Creative Spice Rack
Creative Spice Rack | Source
Beverage Shelf
Beverage Shelf | Source

It really freed up so much space, that I thought I'd try something similar in the pantry.

Cut lightweight box to desired size
Cut lightweight box to desired size | Source

Here's How!

Find a lightweight box of the desired size.  Or if you need to, cut it down to the desired size.  This oatmeal box has been hanging around in my pantry for quite a while.  Whenever I buy oatmeal packets, I just throw them in there.  I've decided to recycle my box into a tea bag holder.

Wrap the front and bottom, snipping the top corners.
Wrap the front and bottom, snipping the top corners. | Source

Choose some cute scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.  I used giftwrap from CVS (that I got for free!).  Wrap it and tape it into place.  I like to use packaging tape because it is durable.  Wrap it up the front and across the bottom of the box, snipping into the corners to lessen wrinkles (see photo).

Cover the sides - just like wrapping a gift!
Cover the sides - just like wrapping a gift! | Source

Tape securely and then finish off the sides like wrapping a gift.  I made a mistake and wrapped the back of this one.  I believe this is going to cause it to be less stable, so learn from my mistake and don't cover the side that you are going to adhere to the cabinet door.

Make a cute little label
Make a cute little label | Source

I like to label things, so I just wrote on the back of a scrap what was going to be in my storage box.

Secure the label with packing tape.
Secure the label with packing tape. | Source

Secure the label to the box with packing tape or clear contact paper to make it a little more durable.

Love my UGlu!
Love my UGlu! | Source

I adhere mine to the inner cabinet doors with UGlu.  This stuff is great.  It has the "strength of super glue with the convenience of tape!"  I like it because it forms an instant bond on ANY surface, is waterproof, and removes like rubber cement, leaving no residue or mess.  I have been a huge fan of 3M Command products, but UGlu has totally stolen me away!  I cut one UGlu strip in half to adhere my box to my cabinet.  You need to feel out how much you will need according to what you will be storing.  

Beverage Storage in my Pantry!
Beverage Storage in my Pantry! | Source

And there you have it! A convenient place to store my beverage items inside my pantry. They are so narrow, that they (just like my spice "rack") just take up the buffer room the cabinets. No special allowances need to be made for the items on the shelves. I would try to watch for the shelves, but if using UGlu, they can be moved if necessary.


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    • Liz Goltra profile image

      Liz Goltra 

      7 years ago

      What great ideas. Voted up! Thanks for posting.

    • cheapsk8chick profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks vocalcoach! You're too sweet!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh-Boy! I hit the jackpot today when I found your amazing hubs. Bookmarking this one too. Rated up and pushed all the buttons. :)vocalcoach

    • cheapsk8chick profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      glad you like it amy! thanks for stopping by!

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      amy jane 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      I love these ideas and I'm definitely going to give them a try! Thanks for sharing!

    • cheapsk8chick profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      rp & wannab, thank you! I was so happy to find a solution to my spice rack issue that was free!

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      I love this hub and the pantry storage idea is so simple. Voted waaaaay up!

    • rpalulis profile image


      7 years ago from NY

      OK this is really cool! What a great pantry and cupboard storage solution, so creative. Voted up and awesome for sure


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