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
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
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
Keep your pantry organized for the long haul with labeled "parking spots" for staple food items.
Ditch the Packaging
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
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.
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Don't Forget the Door
When working with a small pantry, one of the best (though often overlooked) storage spots is the back of the door. Use hooks to hang pots, pans and aprons. Or try a clear shoe organizer to store snacks, baking materials, plastic cutlery and more.
Let Your Wine Shine
Protect that precious vino and put your crafting skills to good use with a pretty, DIY wine holder.
Make This: DIY Wood + Leather Wine Rack
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glam Up Storage Gear
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Organize by Size
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
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
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.