60 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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March 20, 2020
By: Chelsea Faulkner, Kelley Walters, and Caren Baginski

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Start Here

Whether your pantry is small, medium or large, keeping it organized is essential. Don't have a pantry? Transform a closet near the kitchen into a picture-perfect food storage space by installing a store-bought shelving unit like the one seen here.

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Go Custom

If it's in your budget, a custom-built shelving system like the one seen here can clear pantry clutter for good. But if you don't have a few hundred extra dollars to spend, follow these pro tips to pull off this organized pantry look: Keep all ingredients in view and in reach by placing shorter jars and bags toward the front of the shelves and taller ones toward the back. Lesser-used items like bulk pasta or specialty oils can be placed up top so that everyday items are in reach on the middle and lower shelves.

Toss Store Packaging

The pro organizers over at Neat Method 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?!” Transfer items like granola bars and wrapped crackers into labeled bins. Or, shop in the bulk section when possible to skip cardboard boxes altogether. To track expiration dates, apply stickers to the bottoms.

Good Looking Glass

If you're not a fan of plastic, give glass containers a go like Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines did in this butler's pantry.

BUY IT: The Container Store, 3.99-5.99

Make Your Own Labels

We all want to have Instagram-worthy pantries, but life (and dinner) can get in the way. Whether you have a walk-in food storage space or one small shelf, decanting dry goods into jars and adding custom labels is a great first step to keeping things tidy. Snag our free, printable pantry labels here.

MAKE IT: Make Over Your Pantry With Free Printable Labels

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Or Use a Label Maker

Make labeling anything and everything in the house a breeze with this Bluetooth-enabled label maker that allows you to print wirelessly from your mobile phone or computer.

BUY IT: Staples

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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 foodstuff, such as dog food containers, coffee beans or any frequently used pantry staple.

Bring Back the Cookie Jars

Pretty up your pantry and keep baked goods fresh longer by decanting them into stylish, glass cookie jars.

BUY IT: Amazon, $26.99

Retro Kid Snack Station

Encourage little ones to choose their own healthy snacks by storing their food at kid height in a rolling vessel that makes it fun and easy to access. This wooden cart has a vintage look and removable side panels to help your kiddos easily pick out their favorite parent-approved snacks.

BUY IT: Amazon, $79.99

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Grab-n-Go

Lazy Susan? More like hard-working Susan. This clear version of the classic is the perfect place to store kids' snacks, so all they have to do is spin, choose, grab and go. No rummaging or frustration required.

BUY IT: Target, $24.99, 2-Pack

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DIY Wall Storage

A narrow strip of wall space is the ideal spot for single-serving snack bags. To create this custom chip holder, Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane glued curtain hooks (minus the rings) to a strip of painted wood. Make It: DIY Chip Bag Holder

Hanging Clips in Pantry

Do half-eaten bags of chips or pretzels always go stale on your shelf? With these handy hanging clips, snacks stay fresh, take up less space — and avoid getting crushed to oblivion.

BUY IT: Amazon, $12.99, Pack of 20

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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.

Wow With Wicker

Charming woven baskets keep less-than-lovely packaged foods tucked neatly away, yet right in reach when you need them.

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See-Through Storage

Do you 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.

Undershelf Basket

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.

BUY IT: Amazon, $11.47

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Breathable Baskets

While opaque baskets are ideal for all the clutterables you need access to but don't want to see, see-through baskets made of metal or mesh allow everything inside to double as decoration. Here, limes and oranges used on an everyday basis put organic color and texture on display when the door is open.

BUY IT: The Container Store, 19.99

Smart Upcycle

Looking for breathable, accessible produce storage that won't break the bank? These mesh dollar store file organizers fit the bill.

Small-Space Chic

A small pantry doesn't have to be messy. Wooden boxes, glass jars and woven baskets add beauty and function to this storage space without taking up valuable real estate.

From: Elizabeth Demos

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.

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Dollar Store Upgrade

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

Box It Up

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

Self-Serve Storage

The open shelves in this colorful butler's pantry are smartly organized with white wire storage baskets and glass candy jars used as self-serve snack containers.

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Easy View

Mesh baskets keep all your cans and bottles visible, eliminating the eternal question, "Where did I put that can of tomato sauce?" The organizers also take the frustration out of creating a shopping list. When you can see what you have, you know instantly what you need and avoid duplicating pantry items. Bonus: These baskets keep smaller items like extract bottles from getting lost in cabinets or falling through wire shelves.

Label It

Labeling containers makes it even easier to see what you need in the pantry — just grab it and go. But it's important to keep all of the labels uniform for a clean, consistent look. We love these easy, customizable basket clip labels from The Container Store.

BUY IT: The Container Store, 9.99

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Tiered Can Displays

Piling canned goods on top of one another can lead to a tumbling-down disaster. Keep your canned goods easily separated, highly visible and easy to reach with a three-tiered can display. Rubberized tops also help keep items in place when busy hands come rustling through.

BUY IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $5.59

I CAN See Clearly Now

Organize canned soda, soup, vegetables, fruit and more with these convenient clear bins that can be used all over the home. The open front makes it easy to grab perfectly chilled drinks from the fridge or canned soup or veggies from the pantry.

BUY IT: Target, $29.99

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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.

A CAN-Do Attitude

We're wild for this super organized butler's pantry by Emily Dinwiddie of Eleven Gables. Grab-n-go wire baskets keep cans perfectly stored while 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.

Adjust Your Shelves

The best way to maximize all of the space in your pantry is to vary the height of each shelf. If all shelves are the same height, it's likely you'll end up with wasted space from items that sit low. Consider making lower shelves taller for easily removable items like baskets, and designate the upper shelves for shorter stuff like cans and spices.

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, letting everyone in the family know exactly where to put what.

Everything in its Place

“When organizing a pantry, categorize, contain and label,” say the professional organizers at NEAT Method. The organizing part doesn’t cost anything but time. You will, however, have to shell out a few bucks for a label-maker or stick-on labels. Look for labels you can wipe clean and reuse, like the chalkboard labels seen here.

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Usable Square Footage

The back wall of the HGTV Smart Home 2019 pantry was put to work storing canisters of dry goods on a streamlined and stylish wall-mounted rack. Put an extra wall in your space to good use with a custom, store-bought or DIY shelving solution.

An Uber-Pantry

Whether you're building or renovating, or just want a fully customizable pantry, consider a full pantry 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.

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Beautiful Built-Ins

An old laundry room is instantly transformed into a much-needed pantry by building a wall of built-in shelving. Painting the shelves gray dresses them up and makes them look as if they've been there from the start.

On Track

For extreme durability, try another take on baskets — wire instead of wicker. The see-through drawer racks also mean that you no longer have to dig for that bag of kettle corn.

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Pulling Your Weight

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.

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Just Add a Drawer

If solid wood drawers aren't in the budget, try these inexpensive metal ones from Ikea instead.

BUY IT: IKEA, $18

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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.

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Small Susan

For frequently used pantry items like oils and baking essentials, consider a wall-free organizing solution like this stainless steel turntable from Crate and Barrel.

BUY IT: Crate&Barrel, $7.97

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4-in-1 Storage

Featuring an upper shelf, lower towel bar and hooks for hanging, these multipurpose paper towel dispensers in the pantry of HGTV Dream Home 2020 store everything from cutting boards to utensils to towels and more.

BUY IT: Amazon, $27.99

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Double Your Pantry Space

Tiny pantry? Easily and instantly double your available storage space by installing an over-the-door shelving system to the inside of the pantry door.

BUY IT: Target, $35.99

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Try a Shoe Holder

These handy organizers aren't just for shoes. Hang one 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 kid clutter.

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Clear the Junk (Drawer)

Is your collection of takeout menus out of control? Keep them in one place by placing them in a plastic folder and adhering the folder to the inside of your kitchen cabinet, pantry door or wall.

Get a Handle on Shopping Bags

Hang file folders on removable wall hooks in the pantry to save shelf space and grant easy access to reusable or paper bags. These handy organizers are also great for storing aluminum foil and cling wrap boxes.

Grocery Bag Chic

Say "buh-bye" to wads of plastic grocery bags and "hello" to this oh-so-chic dispenser that mounts on the door or pantry wall.

BUY IT: Amazon, $12.22

Put Walls to Work

In this pretty pantry, a giant pegboard allows flexibility for whatever storage needs may arise. Pegs can be rearranged to hold towels, hats, life vests, etc. Bonus: You can make your own giant pegboard for less than $50 and paint it to match any style. Make It: DIY Giant Pegboard

Vertical Shelves for Baking Sheets

Large and awkward, baking sheets are tricky to store and are usually relegated to a lower drawer or hard-to-reach cabinet. The solution? Easy-to-install vertical shelving keeps cookie sheets and cutting boards organized, visible and in-reach.

Smart Food Container Storage

With various sized bins and a range of lids, it doesn’t take much for your collection of leftover containers to get out of hand. Pro trick? Stack the bottoms, then organize lids vertically with the help of a bamboo plate rack.

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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.

Expanding Shelf

Not everyone has the same amount of space to fill, nor do they have the same needs for spices. Expandable spice display racks can be adjusted to fit your exact kitchen needs. Here, the racks are kept at the shortest length, but as the collection grows, the shelf can too.

BUY IT: The Container Store, $14.99

Hidden Spice Racks

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 in the back of her pantry.

BUY IT: $55.99, Set of 12

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Bottle & Can Holder

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.

BUY IT: Bed Bath & Beyond, $6.99

Freestanding Wine Storage

These plastic, ready-made wine holders sit perfectly on pantry shelving for a sleek and safe way to store those precious bottles.

BUY IT: Amazon, $19.99, 2-Pack

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A Step Up

Are your upper pantry shelves just out of reach? Invest in a non-slip step stool so that you can take advantage of every square inch of pantry space with ease.

BUY IT: Target, $52.99

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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 250 pounds per shelf and is adjustable.

BUY IT: Amazon, $64.88

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Pro-Grade 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.

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.

Cupcake Liner Containment

Will we ever run out of clever new ways to use Mason jars? 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.

Flatware Storage

It's 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving. 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 gasses 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.

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