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Organizing pantry on a budget

Updated on February 13, 2012

Pantry organization is a must when you are on the go and don't want clutter in your life. Here are some of my personal tips on pantry organization. This is a picture of my pantry. On the way to more improvement myself, but this will give you an idea how your pantry can look with a little bit of time.

1. Take everything out of your pantry and trash expired or used items that you won't use anymore.

2. Divide items alike together.

3. Go to the Dollar Tree or some type of dollar store to buy containers/bins/trays. (The red stack-able shown is awesome. I preferred white but they were out.)

4. Shelving- This is where it gets a little tricky and sometimes frustrating. I have from the top - cereals (which I plan to move to bottom and put in clear round flat bottomed containers). I have mostly baking at top with flours, sweeteners, etc. Then I have a basket which I hold extra things like paper towels and stocked items. On the second shelf I have Cheetos in a tall round container, my stack-ables with small treats like almonds, opened bag of corn chips, and the bottom has popcorn and granola bars. There is also peanut butter to the left, crackers to the back, and I used an ice tray container to put fruit snacks in. On the third shelf I use two organizing stack trays for my cans and rice. Keep all cans alike together with the most current expiration date to the front so it can be used first. I also have my broths on the third shelf. On the fourth shelf I have any boxed or prepared foods. I have my noodles and my taco shell packages. This is where I plan to place my cereals, oatmeal, and grits once I get my flat round containers.

Now, at the bottom of my pantry (you can't see) I have a blue Rubbermaid container that i have my petfood in. It is sealed shut and is out of the way. Also, I plan to label the shelves so my family will know. You can find all types of different containers at the dollar stores so please don't go spending tons on organizing trays and containers. It is reasonable to become organized without spending much money.

Hope you enjoyed and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


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    • MelissaMelvin profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Prattville, AL

      Thanks! Everytime the pantry is full my husband and son eat everything. They are like human vultures. My pantry is very deep too, so it looks a bit less than there actually is.

    • Diana Grant profile image

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from London

      So organized - I have more stuff than that for just 2 of us. It does include about 4 different types of Indian pickles, and Chinese chili prawns, Chinese fish sauce, Harrissa paste, 2 or 3 Sri Lankan chili pastes,tabasco, Encona (2 bottles), Reggae-Reggae,Soy sauce and Worcester Sauce, as well as lots of bottles of Chinese sauces that I might or might not ever use, and various bottles of pickles. Everyone knows I have a weakness for these things, and I was given lots more at Christmas!


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