Deep Pantry Organization

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My pantry is very deep and things tend to get lost in it's depths. I spent 1 day shopping and organizing and came up with some solutions:
My husband cut about 3 inches off the shelves and moved the shelf support bars back, which enabled me to put some racks on the doors. You can see in the photo below where we moved the shelves back.
I bought 3 wall mounted cabinet rack sets from Wal-Mart for $7.44 each (each set came with 3 different racks).
I bought an extra large lazy susan at Bed Bath and Beyond for $10 (after my $5 off coupon).
I bought the 3 baskets with handles at Wal-Mart for $2.50 each.

I bought the large cereal containers at Wal-Mart for $5.74 each and the totes were $4.47 each.
I just printed mine on regular paper and ran them through my Xyron sticker maker.
As I was sorting out everything, I discovered lots of duplicates. With such a deep pantry, it was hard to see what we had, so duplicates were bought and food in the back went bad.  I spent a total of $57.07 on containers and racks, but will end up saving hundreds of dollars on food.

I had 2 racks left over, so I decided to give one of my kitchen cabinets a quick makeover.

It wasn't too bad since I already had OXO containers that I bought and labeled about 4 years ago.
By putting racks on the cabinet doors, I didn't have to put stuff in front of my containers and could get it out of the way on the doors. I also really liked my new chalk labels in the pantry, and decided to re-do the ones on my OXO containers.
These are some extra spices that didn't fit into my spice rack that is hanging in the other cabinet. I had them sitting in a drawer, which I was able to empty out after hanging this rack.
Now I have a completely empty drawer!
Total cost to organize and clean cupboard: $0
It is amazing what a little cleaning and some fresh new labels will do.

Once I start organizing, it is hard to stop. I was only going to do my pantry, but loved how great it looked and had to keep going. Even my husband who hates cleaning and organizing started to get into it when he saw what a difference it made.


  1. Looks wonderful!!! I recently cleaned out my kitchen too and am in love!

  2. What a great fix! Love organizing solutions. We've had to be very creative in our home when it comes to storage. Your pantry looks so much more usable. Happy New Year!!!

    P.S. Thanks for being one of my favorite referrers for Pondered Primed Perfected in 2012! I Would love to do a feature of you on Inspiration Cafe sometime or have you do a guest post. Let me know if you are interested!