20 Organizers for a Picture-Perfect Pantry

A disorganized pantry is a kitchen nightmare. Turn your cluttered kitchen pantry (or kitchen cabinets) into a storage dream with these great pantry organizers.

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February 12, 2020
By: Kelley Walters and Caren Baginski

Photo By: Emily Dinwiddie

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Wowed With Wicker

We're going wild for this super organized butler's pantry by Emily Dinwiddie of Eleven Gables. Wicker baskets in various shapes and sizes conceal everything from boxes to bags to beverages. The rest of this room functions as a laundry room, craft center and wrapping station, so functional and pretty storage is paramount for Emily's large family.

An Uber-Pantry

Whether you're building or renovating, or just want a fully customizable pantry, consider a full panty organization system. They have full-extension drawers in solid beech so you can access every dish towel, root veggie or can of stock. Mullion doors hide less display-worthy items without completely blocking the view.


Good Looking Glass

If you're not a fan of plastic, give glass containers a go in the pantry. Emily of Decorchick found hers at IKEA and Walmart, then gave them an organized upgrade with vinyl adhesive labels and chalk pens.

Easy View

Easy View Cabinet Organizers make all your cans and bottles visible, eliminating the eternal question, "Where did I put that can of tomato sauce?" The organizer also takes the frustration out of creating a shopping list. By making your food visible, you know instantly what you need and avoid duplicating items you already have. The expandable version lets you adjust the size to fit your needs.

Bonus: Keeps smaller items like extract bottles from getting lost in cabinets or falling through wire shelves.

Box It Up

Wooden boxes with press-on labels are excellent for storing multiple spices jars, condiments and even individual packets of oatmeal. Even though these items on are the top shelf of a pantry, they're easy to access thanks to great thinking by Blogger Angela Lerew of Unexpected Elegance.

Portable Storage

Steel manufactured storage equipment has been used by the commercial cooking industry for years, but your home could benefit from these sturdy storage options as well. Rolling kitchen carts let you take the storage where you need it. Perfect for holding big items like your stand mixer, extra paper towels or cases of water, it gives your kitchen an industrial edge that says, "I cook like a pro" even if you don't know a chinois from a chiffonade.

Pro Tip: If you're low on cabinet storage, Metro also makes baker's racks that come with hooks, letting you hang your utensils and pots.

Shelves That Slide

With sliding pantry shelves, gone are the days of shuffling food to reach the one ingredient you need at the back of the pantry. These gliding shelves are lacquer-finished and can hold up to 100 pounds when fully extended.


Pocket Organizers

Pocket Organizers started life as a shoe holder; but hang it on a pantry door and you can achieve instant organization nirvana. Store boxes of tea, envelopes of gravy mix or anything else that piles up in the corners of your cabinet (or falls through your wire shelves). The vinyl is easy to clean by wiping with a damp cloth.

Pro Tip: Hang another in your hall closet to tame mittens, dog leashes and kids' clutter.


Make Room for Measuring

Increase the usefulness of food storage containers by adding measuring cups for scooping out what's inside. A readily available 1/3-cup scoop takes the guesswork out of portion control for your morning bowl of oats. Hang the cups from tiny adhesive hooks. Try this trick from blogger Jen Morris for other food stuffs, such as dog food containers, coffee beans or any frequently used pantry staple.

Maxed Out Cabinets

Make the most of your cabinets with base pantry organizers. These organizers slide on rails, which can be fitted to right- and left-hand doors. Basket positions let you further customize your storage, making space for bottles and jars or giving you a place to store foil and plastic wrap. Finally, you can get to the items at the back of the cabinet without having to pull out everything in front of them.

The Lazy Susan Solution

Wish you had a better solution for the dead-end space in the corner of your pantry? Lazy Susans to the rescue! This do-it-yourself pantry organization project by Emily Allison of Decorchick has us spinning with pantry envy. The circular discs are mounted to existing shelves to transform every inch into usable space.


Industrial Chic

Usually found in commercial kitchens to house everything from bulk foods to appliances, these metal shelves will lend an industrial appeal to your pantry. Whether you store these steel shelves inside a closet or out, you'll have plenty of space for all your pantry staples. Each shelf supports up to 300 pounds and is adjustable.


Snappy Storage

Stackable containers let you store everything from crackers to oats to pasta in plain sight. Designed for modular stacking, the square and rectangular shapes make storage a snap. Speaking of "snap," sealing them couldn't be easier — just push the button for an airtight seal. To open, push the button again. It pops up and becomes the handle. Genius.

Pro Tip: Use these anywhere in the house you need storage, from wrangling hair bands in the bathroom to corralling those unruly binder clips in your desk drawer.


Wire Baskets for Produce

The humble wire basket gets a modern upgrade with these bronze bins. Storing onions, potatoes, squash and more, these bulk bins also stack so you can maximize space inside the pantry.

Pro pantry tip: Unlike this photo, keep your onions and potatoes away from each other because onion gasses can cause potatoes to sprout and spoil quicker.


See Through Storage

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

Cupcake Liner Containment

Will Mason jars ever run out of clever new uses? Keep cupcake liners clean and accessible in the pantry by popping them inside the jars. Cookbook author Julie Wampler of Table for Two came up with this efficient storage solution.

Family Function

Not into wicker? Monochromatic woven baskets lend a tidy elegance to this pantry. Chalkboard stickers organize food into functions: snacks, baking supplies and school lunches. It's a pantry fit for Sara Wellensiek, the blogger behind Mom Endeavors, and her family.


Sneaky Snack Bins

Aluminum beverage tubs get a second life as clever containers for snacks. Open wall space in a pantry serves as the perfect place for these metal bins. Simply drill holes in the tub and attach with screws to the wall. Blogger Ashley Hackshaw of Little Blue Boo is the mastermind behind this project that keeps snacks accessible for little ones.

Corral Cans

If you buy canned goods in bulk, investing in a can rack will make your pantry much tidier. By storing cans on their sides, you can easily grab what you need while the next-in-line can rolls to the front. Amazon carries canned food racks in many different shapes and sizes, such as the one shown here.

Flatware Storage

It's Thanksgiving at 10:00 a.m. Your whole family is coming for lunch in less than two hours. And what are you doing? Frantically polishing flatware. If this isn't your idea of fun, store your silver and silver-plated flatware in silver flatware storage rolls. The fabric absorbs the gases that tarnish silver and reduces (or even eliminates) the need for polishing. The compact size lets you get more flatware in a smaller space, taking up less room in your pantry or china cabinet.