10 Quick Tips for a Picture-Perfect Pantry

Who said organizing had to be ugly?

A few days ago, fellow blogger Molly told me I had to check out Khloe Kardashian's meticulously organized pantry. Turns out, Khloe is obsessed with food organizing. She even expertly arranges her cookie jars! And of course, like all things Kardashian, her pantry is flawless. I've been harboring some serious organizing envy ever since.

So, in an attempt to add a touch of Khloe-inspired fabulousness to my messy pantry, I've rounded up some of HGTV.com's best and prettiest pantry tips. If you need me this weekend, I'll be pouring my baking ingredients into glass jars.

Keep the Good Stuff in Reach

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Store foods you use most often at eye level, reserving the top and bottom shelves for bulk buys, specialty appliances and seasonal items.

Keep a Clear View

Clear Bins Keep Items Visible in Pantry

Clear Bins Keep Items Visible in Pantry

Have high pantry shelves or just crave a more organized appearance for your foodstuffs? These Linus Pantry Binz from The Container Store do the trick. Translucent containers with built-in handles neatly store everything from packaged goods to produce.

Photo by: The Container Store

The Container Store

Pretty and practical, clear storage containers are a chic way to keep frequently-used ingredients organized and visible.

Put a Label On It

Pantry Shelf Labels

Pantry Shelf Labels

Designate a specific spot for the items you buy most so there’s no question where things go when it’s time to unload your grocery haul. Ikea’s Ivar labels slip right onto the front of shelves.

Photo by: Ikea

Ikea

Keep your pantry organized for the long haul with labeled "parking spots" for staple food items.

Ditch the Packaging

Organized Pantry Containers

Organized Pantry Containers

The Neat Method pros can’t get enough of OXO containers. “They help you use the full height of your shelf, ensure food stays fresh, and did we mention they’re dishwasher safe?!” To track expiration dates, apply stickers to the bottoms.

Photo by: Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Save space and give your pantry a chic, uniform look by transferring foods like flour, cereal and hand-held snacks from their bulky cardboard packaging into clear jars or bins.

Add a Fun Backsplash

Labeled Containers in Organized Pantry

Labeled Containers in Organized Pantry

Buying dry goods in bulk saves money, and storing dry goods in matching containers saves space. Adding labels lets everyone in the family know what’s inside.

Photo by: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Organization blogger Melissa George gave her plain pantry a super-chic update by adding a pretty tiled backsplash between the shelves. No budget for tile? Get the look at a fraction of the cost with wallpaper, wall decals or pops of bright paint color.

Let Your Wine Shine

DIY Plywood and Leather Wine Rack

DIY Plywood and Leather Wine Rack

RESTRICTED IMAGE. Not a big fan of wine but keep a couple bottles around for company? This DIY wine rack will do the trick! Using common materials such as plywood, wooden dowels and leather rope, it's a breeze to make with guidance from Caitlin of The Merrythought.

Protect that precious vino and put your crafting skills to good use with a pretty, DIY wine holder.

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Rely on Riddling

Originally created for the use of making champagne in the early 1800s, riddling racks have found popularity with homeowners for their clever adaptation as wine storage. Forgo the big price tag and instead create one yourself with this tutorial from handywoman Cara Troell of Build It Craft It Love It.

Photo By: Cara Troell

Wine and Twine

Until today, we bet you've never seen "aluminum metal flashing" and "twine" in the same sentence when it comes to wine storage. This incredibly creative wine rack holds 16 bottles of your favorite vintage. Check out Blogger Beth Hunter of Home Stories A to Z for the full DIY tutorial.

Photo By: Beth Hunter

Transform a Wine Cart

Transform an ordinary wine/bar cart with pallet wood or any other aged wood you have on hand. Blogger Kelly Rinzema of The Lily Pad Cottage repurposed rotting wood from a dock to create this thoroughly chic wine storage cart.

Photo By: Kelly Rinzema

Upcycled Milk Crate

Hung from a wall, a crate that once held milk jugs gets a second life as a creative wine rack. Search for yours at flea markets or thrift stores like Jeff White of Oh! Glory Vintage did.

Photo By: Jeff White

Tipsy Wine Rack

This whimsical wine rack floats bottles upside down, giving new meaning to the phrase, "Bottoms up!" Friends and family are sure to ask where you got this rustic wine rack. Tell them it's available at Dot & Bo.

Photo By: Dot & Bo

DIY Copper Pipe Wine Storage

Copper-toned furnishings are making a comeback, so why not add that accent to your wine rack? Swaddle your wine bottles with a do-it-yourself project that mixes copper pipe and faux leather. Click here for the full tutorial by Laurel Stavros of A Bubbly Life.

Photo By: Laurel Stavros

Pallet Wine Racks

Love pallets and wine? This set of two wine racks from Del Hutson Designs combines the two. Made of 100% reclaimed wood, each rack can hold eight wine bottles and up to nine stemmed wine glasses for the ultimate in pallet vino storage.

Photo By: Del Hutson Designs

Repurpose a Dresser

If you don't mind a little elbow grease, create your own wine buffet for the dining room from a bedroom dresser (or similar furniture piece). Look for furniture with good bones, then knock out drawers, add wine cubbies and a fresh coat of paint. Kim and Lori of That's So Creative are the masterminds behind this repurposed wine buffet. 

Photo By: Lori Gabrielson

Look Under the Stairs

Give new life to the space beneath your stairs with a custom wine cabinet. This example from Vino Cellars & Accessories matches the home's traditional decor. The major benefit of this space-saving storage solution? It's temperature controlled to keep wines at peak enjoyment.

Photo By: Vino Cellars & Accessories

Frame It Up

This rustic wine rack is anything but expected. Made by Cold Creek Brewing, it screws into the stud beside a door frame for sturdy construction that stands up to slamming doors. Guests will be as entertained by the storage solution as they are after two glasses of wine.

Photo By: Cold Creek Brewing

Oh, The Wine You'll Store

Prefer easy access to your wine while entertaining? This wine bar tutorial opens up a dresser with two big wooden racks perfect for perusing your vino collection. Blogger Meagan Brockway of The Charming Farmer shows you how it's done.

Photo By: Meagan Brockway

Space-Saving Wine Closet

Humidity, light and temperature can have a big impact on the quality of your wine collection. Control the elements with the wine cellar of your dreams that also saves space underneath basement stairs. Cedar planks and granite floors will have you well on your way to aging your wine gracefully and stylishly. This custom install completed by Bridgewater Construction in Bloomington, Minn.

Photo By: Lee Snyder

Modern and Minimal Wine Rack

Not a big fan of wine but keep a couple bottles around for company? This DIY wine rack will do the trick! Using common materials such as plywood, wooden dowels and leather rope, it's a breeze to make with guidance from Caitlin of The Merrythought.

Iron and Wine

Don't let this seemingly ordinary wine rack from Pottery Barn fool you. It's where you mount it that makes all the difference. Try the side of an upper kitchen cabinet to create storage in a space that would normally go unused. The second best part? This Single Modular Wine Rack won't break the bank.

Photo By: Pottery Barn

Perfect in the Pantry

Ready-made wine holders from SimplyNeu fit inside pantry cabinetry for a sleek solution to wine storage. Order this custom wine rack to your specifications and install yourself for a sleek organization solution.

Glam Up Storage Gear

Gold and White Bins in Organized Pantry

Gold and White Bins in Organized Pantry

Spray paint made for plastic can give dollar store bins a more expensive metal look. Once the bins are dry, add labels for a perfectly organized pantry.

Photo by: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Melissa George, Polished Habitat

For overflow storage or items you don't use everyday, opt for stylish, roomy storage containers like these pretty gold and white bins.

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Get Spices Off the Shelves

Spice Storage Rail on Pantry Door

Spice Storage Rail on Pantry Door

Do you buy your spices in bulk? You might prefer hanging them for a whimsical display. Repurpose a small window treatment rod or use this Fintorp IKEA rail and Syrlig curtain clips to get the job done. Mount on the back of a pantry door to keep spices cool and dry.

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IKEA

Feeling overwhelmed by an unmanageable stock of spice jars? Get them off the shelves and in your hands faster with a vertical spice organizer like this pretty repurposed curtain rod system. But first, check any suspiciously old jars for freshness and toss if they're past their prime.

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Spices on Display

This magnetic spice display is functional and beautiful — ideal for cooks who like to keep their wares close at hand. Typed labels add to the modern, deconstructed appeal of this spice storage solution from IKEA. Recreate the look with Grundtal canisters and the Spontan magnetic board.

Photo By: IKEA

Hidden Spice Storage

Prefer to keep spices hidden? Take advantage of wall storage opportunities in your pantry with simple wire baskets that transform into mounted spice racks. Blogger Ashley of Domestic Imperfection came up with this clever idea so she could declutter spice storage from the back of her pantry door.

Clever Cabinet Space Saver

Speaking of hidden storage opportunities, this spice rack by SpiceStor mounts to the underside of a cabinet shelf and pulls out for easy access when cooking. Round spice canisters clip into place with no tools required for assembly. The rack is available in a variety of sizes to accommodate different spice containers.

DIY Test Tube Spice Rack

Show off your inner nerd in the kitchen with a test tube spice rack. These type of racks can be expensive to purchase, but are thrifty to make as seen on Adrianne Lentine's blog Dream Book Design.

Bag It Up

Do you buy your spices in bulk? You might prefer hanging them for a whimsical display. Repurpose a small window treatment rod or use this Fintorp IKEA rail and Syrlig curtain clips to get the job done. Mount on the back of a pantry door to keep spices cool and dry.

Repurposed Trays

Two vintage trays turned on their sides create an elegant roost for spices. This DIY tutorial from Blogger Nita Stacy of Mod Vintage Life proves that nearly any vessel can become a spice rack with a little imagination and effort.

Custom Spice Shelves

When drawers and cabinets won't do, seek space inside kitchen walls with a recessed spice shelf. Blogger Mandi Tremayne's custom spice shelf features embellished molding and simple spice jars for a classic, traditional look that elevates everyday spices to festive kitchen decor. Try this tutorial from HGTV.com to get a similar look.

Spice Up Your Fridge

Got refrigerator space to spare? Make your own magnetic spice jars by repurposing baby food jars. Sure, they only hold a few tablespoons each, but the idea is to keep your spices at the ready and, dare we say it, stylishly customized to your decor. See instructions on how to make your own from Blogger Lauren Davison of One Lucky Pickle.

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Vintage Chic

Spices find an unexpected new home in vintage Coca-Cola bottle boxes painted a cheery teal. Blogger Jesse Dresbach of Nine Red stores his spices lid-first so the bright colors are on display. 

Spice Drawer Organizer

Shallow kitchen drawers are perfect for spice storage – except when jars roll against one another. Solve that problem with the Variera drawer insert from IKEA. The curved grooves of this removable tray make it easy to store spices and easy to clean should those spices ever spill.

Photo By: IKEA

Store in Bulk

You'll save money on spices if you buy bulk, but where to store those cups of clove and peppermint? Find an inexpensive open shelf unit that has space for glass canisters. Blogger Vanessa Alvarado upcycled this black shelf to create an in-home apothecary filled with herbs and dried goods.

Unexpected Spice Storage

This spice storage solution from Linly Designs feels like discovering a hidden treasure. Architectural corbels in this kitchen double as a functional pull-out rack for frequently used spices. 

Free Up Counter Space

For those who prefer clean counters (and don't have enough cabinet space for spices) try this ingenious solution from blogger Vanessa Alvarado. A towel rack hung on the wall below upper cabinets creates the perfect perch for spice jars. Create your own with the Bygel rail from IKEA.

Grab 'n' Go Spices

All spice jars as not created equal. Accommodate the various shapes and sizes with slanted, plastic drawer organizers. These inserts keep spices within easy reach and may be cut to any drawer size. Find a similar product solution to the one shown here at Rev-A-Shelf.

Photo By: Caren Baginski

Spice Hunting No More

The most frustrating part of storing spices? Not finding what you need when you need it. This three-tier wire spice rack from The Container Store fits neatly inside a cabinet and pulls to eye-level when you're ready to cook. Mount it on the inside of a cabinet for effortless spice hunting.

Photo By: The Container Store

Organize by Size

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Keep all your ingredients in sight by placing shorter jars and bags toward the front of the shelf and taller ones toward the back.

Hack Your Snacks

Wall-Mounted Storage in Pantry

Wall-Mounted Storage in Pantry

A narrow strip of wall space is the ideal spot for single-serving bags. To create her custom holder, Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane glued curtain hooks (minus the rings) to a strip of painted wood.

Photo by: 11 Magnolia Lane, 11MagnoliaLane.com

11 Magnolia Lane, 11MagnoliaLane.com

Are chip bags cluttering your shelves? Put your pantry walls to work with a DIY bag holder made from a strip of wood and curtain hooks (minus the rings, of course).

Make This: DIY Chip Rack

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Go Above and Below

A tip from professional organizer Tidy Tova: Max out your vertical storage by adding undershelf baskets. They instantly multiply your cabinet’s capacity and create designated areas for different types of ingredients.

Photo By: Tidy Tova, TidyTova.com

Open the Door to More Storage

Take full advantage of the backs of cabinet doors by installing wire racks, suggests Tidy Tova. Keep spices, oils and often-used condiments here so they’re handy.

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Put Your Stamp on Spice Storage

Not enough room in the cupboard for all of your spices? Put them on display! Stylist Janna Lufkin and organizer Elizabeth Goodsell discovered that a vintage stamp holder perfectly fits the small jars.

Photo By: Jules Frazer, SugarShoots.com

Double Up on Duties

Cake stands don’t get everyday use, so put them into service as two-tiered storage, like Lufkin and Goodsell did. Small items, like ramekins and sauce dishes, can sit both on top and underneath.

Photo By: Jules Frazer, SugarShoots.com

Smartly Stash Food Containers

With various sized bins and a range of lids, it doesn’t take much for your collection of leftover holders to get out of hand. Lufkin and Goodsell say to group bottoms, then stack lids vertically with the help of a plate rack.

Photo By: Jules Frazer, SugarShoots.com

Sort by Category

Gathering like items guarantees you’ll be able to find what you need, advise the organizing pros behind Neat Method. Start with basic groups like baking, breakfast, grains and snacks.

Photo By: Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Pick a Clear Winner

The Neat Method pros can’t get enough of OXO containers. “They help you use the full height of your shelf, ensure food stays fresh, and did we mention they’re dishwasher safe?!” To track expiration dates, apply stickers to the bottoms.

Photo By: Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Add a Base Layer

Here’s a trick for making the most of deep shelves from Clea Shearer, cofounder of The Home Edit: Line up boxes and jars of food on top of a bin, basket or serving tray that’s not in everyday rotation. “Pull out the whole container to access anything in the back,” she says.

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Think About the Kids

Put children’s snacks on the bottom pantry shelf, Shearer suggests. This makes it easy for them to help themselves without accidentally knocking over, say, a nearby bag of flour.

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Cut Out the Excess

Save space by throwing out packaging, advises Shearer, who recommends transferring items like granola bars and wrapped crackers into labeled bins. Or, shop in the bulk section when possible to skip cardboard boxes altogether.

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Build a Snack Station

A narrow strip of wall space is the ideal spot for single-serving bags. To create her custom holder, Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane glued curtain hooks (minus the rings) to a strip of painted wood.

Photo By: 11 Magnolia Lane, 11MagnoliaLane.com

Hang in There

Open bags of chips or pretzels always getting lost on your shelf? With Rubbermaid’s hanging clip, snacks can dangle freely — and avoid getting crushed to oblivion.

Photo By: Rubbermaid

Go for High Visibility

If you’re redoing your pantry, choose wire shelving and drawer bins, like these from ClosetMaid. They let you see exactly what’s located where, even on high, hard-to-reach spots that solid shelves would obscure.

Photo By: ClosetMaid

Take It to the Next Level

To squeeze every last square inch out your cupboards — and still be able to easily access what’s in back — install a tiered shelf, like this bamboo option from The Container Store that expands to fit the width.

Photo By: The Container Store

Give Each Place a Purpose

Designate a specific spot for the items you buy most so there’s no question where things go when it’s time to unload your grocery haul. Ikea’s Ivar labels slip right onto the front of shelves.

Photo By: Ikea

Corral Beverages

Sometimes bottles and cans won’t store upright. If that’s the case, turn to the Fridge Monkey, a rubber mat with a series of grooves that keep stacked cylinders from rolling away.

Photo By: Cooks Innovations

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