8 Organised Pantries

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I promise I’m going to start sharing details of our house move really soon. But today I thought I would share with you some great organised pantries I have found recently.  I am trying to find some inspiration for my pantry, it’s a little bigger than my last one and the shelves are deeper.

Currently I use plastic storage containers, mainly Tupperware.  I have noticed in my research for organised pantries that many now use glass jars, as they prefer to avoid plastics due to concerns over chemical leakage. This is understandable, but unlike plastic jars you can’t store them on top of each other.  Plastic makes modular storage easily stackable, which is a great use of space.

You can read details of my previous pantry and how I organised it, it was a corner cupboard.

8 Organised Pantries

This layout is similar to my new pantry, this classy clutter pantry is so beautifully organised and labelled, they have used vinyl to label all the containers, which make it really easy to find what you are looking for.

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This pantry by Cassadiva shows how tidy modular containers can look in the pantry.

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One way to make your pantry look pretty, and get extra space, is to layer and stack containers. A great example is Shanty 2 Chic’s beautiful organised pantry!

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Just because food is traditionally stored in cupboards, doesn’t mean that it always makes the most sense. I heart organising shows how drawers act as incredible food storage solutions because they provide easy access to contents in both the front and back of the cabinet space.

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Categorise food and dining products within everyday plastic tubs to create inexpensive “drawers” that pull out to provide access to the items in the back of the cabinet, great thinking by A Thoughtful Place. Tubs are also a great cabinet solution because they can be easily removed and cleaned or restocked at a moment’s notice.

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Thank you to one of our readers cknight84 for sharing her picture of her pantry makeover.  She has used containers from Kmart.

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This is a very large pantry, but I’m admiring the drawers I think these would be great in a walk in style pantry, keep all open packets, packaged snack food, kitchen utensils, etc tidy. This is a promo ad for The Container Store, I’m sure no one would really own that many cake stands. 

IMG_3574A very organised pantry, I like the use of the clear containers under the wire shelves, great use of space via the inspired space.

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36 comments

Catherine February 5, 2016 - 10:44 AM

So love these pantries, but also a bit jealous as mine will never look like these due to poor shelving configuration. BUT where can I get the fabulous vinyl labels? really would like these!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2016 - 4:29 PM

Most of these are American and they use a machine called the silhouette which is an electronic cutter, and does vinyl. The silhouette is available in Australia mainly crafters use it. I love the look too!!

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Shannon March 10, 2016 - 6:30 PM

I love those labels too!
I was thinking they would also be great to send to school for the kids workbooks.

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Marina February 5, 2016 - 10:58 AM

I love a good pantry. The only thing with stacking items – they may look great, but I find myself having to reorganise the pantry regularly (I have four kids who like to cook!).
That’s why I LOVE Shanty 2 Chic’s pantry. Now that is a system I can embrace – shelving to raise the item at the back – and the can holders! We have moved to acreage and the corner shop is over 20 minutes away. I’ll be stocking up when things are on special again. And Kat, I’d love to have that many Cake Stands. They just make life a little bit special and cleaning bench spaces easy peasy (Lift, swipe – put it back down ;).
You’ve inspired me to get my kitchen organised again this weekend 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2016 - 4:31 PM

I know what you mean Marina, I have put my spiced on a shelf that is an my eye height (I’m a shortie as you know when we met in Brissie. I just purchased a little 3 tier shelf for the spices, but I can’t see the labels on all the spices so I have to move them all around to find the spice I am after. Need a new system, not working. 🙂

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T February 5, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Alphabetise your spices & herbs. Works for me.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 8, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Yes T that’s a great idea, LOL, why didn’t I think of that!

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Jill February 9, 2016 - 6:25 AM

R u using the Tupperware spice containers and kmart tied shelf. If so I had the same problem. I now house my spices under the silver extenable small wire shelf from Kmart and place other stuff on top. But I have shallow shelfs

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 9, 2016 - 8:56 AM

Hi Jill, no I keep my spices in the bottle from the supermarket, glad you found a solution. Somebody did suggest I alphabetise my spices to make it easier… clever idea!

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Anna August 7, 2016 - 9:57 PM

I just organised my pantry on Saturday and I’m feeling so proud of myself. I bought a small lazy susan from Kmart and put all my spices on that with the labels facing out. It is ridiculous how many spices you can fit on them! I previously had them in a wire rack screwed to the inside of the pantry door and they were always in a mess. I don’t think even my husband can muck them up now, although he always seems to be up for the challenge lol. I too am on the Gold Coast btw

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 8, 2016 - 6:58 PM

ooh Anna I would love to see a photo of your pantry, can you email it to me so I can have a looksie?? [email protected] 🙂 Gold Coast is such a glorious place to live 😉

Anna Faulkner August 8, 2016 - 7:14 PM

Hi Kat. I’ve just sent you an email 🙂

Juliet George September 16, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Hi Katrina – My spices are stored very unattractively in a tuppaware container in their original packaging, which also makes them tricky to access but I have some pretty labels on the top of each one so I can find them easily rather than having to take them all out each time I’m looking for a particular spice… I have been eyeing up fancy spice racks that might be more user friendly but worry that once the spices are open that pests might get in. Am I being overly cautious??!!

Tamara Taione February 5, 2016 - 11:35 AM

I also have just got a larger pantry Butler size I have glass and plastic, glass on the top shelf for baking products plastic for things altready in packaging. The biggest problem I have fdound is there is nothing to store cans available on the market. I would Iove to know if you have found a good way to store cans? Also I use the same labels on the plastic and glass go give a sense of uniformity

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2016 - 4:34 PM

Good idea to use the same labels, it does make it look nicer. I have seen can dispensers around, there is this one from Big W: https://www.bigw.com.au/product/interdesign-fridge-freeze-binz-beverage-can-organiser/p/WCC100000000245245/ and this from Howards Storage World: http://www.hsw.com.au/?product&id_prod=3831&id_cat=&id_dept=#.VrRB7JN94UE the ones in the picture I haven’t seen before, they look like they could be a DIY project?

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Michele February 5, 2016 - 11:59 AM

I’m inspired.
I’m using stackable plastic containers, but my pantry has escaped my organisation at the moment. Things are mostly in the right place but it’s looking cluttered.

I spent half of January promising myself I’d do a stocktake of the pantry and fridge and use the food I had stored.
A side benefit of that is tidying it up!

So now I’ll spend half an hour before lunch on that job. Wish I could think it would be finished in that time.
Thank you for the photos and post.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2016 - 4:36 PM

Mine is feeling a bit like that too, after moving in I just put all from the boxes in, I have given it a little organisation, but I want to just spend time in there to properly work out what I want, but it’s currently not workin for m 🙂 Hope you got some time to give it a tidy up today 😉

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Michele February 5, 2016 - 11:59 AM

I’m inspired.
I’m using stackable plastic containers, but my pantry has escaped my organisation at the moment. Things are mostly in the right place but it’s looking cluttered.

I spent half of January promising myself I’d do a stocktake of the pantry and fridge and use the food I had stored.
A side benefit of that is tidying it up!

So now I’ll spend half an hour before lunch on that job. Wish I could think it would be finished in that time.
Thank you for the photos and post.

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Juli February 5, 2016 - 1:02 PM

Hi Kat – I’m going to raise my hand as owning more than that many cake stands ! 🙂 They live in a specially-converted closet in our spare room!!
I organised our pantry over Christmas and used the 4-stack drawer units on casters from the Reject Shop… There are 3 (giving me 12 drawers) across the bottom of my pantry – we took out the bottom shelf and they fit perfectly under the middle-bottom shelf (winning!) – all labelled for their different contents. They work like a charm (will have to send you a photo)
The problem I now have is corralling the undrawered-food sprawl that happens now that the rest of the pantry is so vacant… *sigh* it seems that you can’t win when it comes to pantry organisation!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 5, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Ooh yes please Juli, send me a pic I would love to see, it actually sounds like a very clever idea!! LOL, can’t have too many cake stands hey!!

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Pat February 8, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Hi Kate, when we moved house over 12 months ago, I found myself with a 1970s kitchen on the small side when I had recently outfitted my lovely big pantry with all Tupperware and a few cardboard boxes for the loose packet stuff.
Solved the loose packet stuff, cans and the corner cupboard problem of loosing stuff in the corner by shopping at Howards.
I have the narrow and wide tubs used by “I heart organising” in the drawers. This are the straight sides of the corners and in the corners I have the big squares on wheels. To access the items in the corners, I pull out the tubs on one side and roll the square forward to remove what I want from there.
My Tupperware is all in the above bench cupboard and stacked in one depth of containers (the last place it was 3 containers deep!) with a narrow container across the front.
The overflow of pantry items has gone into a pantry cupboard in the dining room and I am trying to organise it to a more usable layout.
I feel like I am training to be a gymnast sometimes in accessing my pantry in the tight corner. Hubbie hasn’t figured it out so when he wants something that is not in the first cupboard with the tea and coffee, I have to find it for him and he does a lot of cooking & baking.
The herbs & spices are kept in two small stacked baskets and each small container has its name on the lid to help me find what I am after.
It still needs work, but those tubs make finding things so much easier than having to empty a shelf can by can and packet by packet each time I want something.
I also use plastic coated wire stands to give me two shelf heights within my tea & coffee cupboard and the spare crockery cupboard.
My slow cooker is buried behind my saucepans which are nicely stacked and easy to move out so that I can access it. Not the best set up in the world, but it works.
Renters don’t have a choice in changing cupboards around.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 8, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Ooh Pat, your pantry sounds amazingly organised, I would love to see photos, if you don’t mind sharing then I can share with the community, they have really loved seeing these pantries 🙂

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Meah February 9, 2016 - 12:17 PM

OMG!! This would be my dream pantry!!! Sorting out my pantry is definitely on my to-do list… and has been for a while! Thank you for the inspiration and for a great read.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 10, 2016 - 7:11 AM

Hope you can find some time soon Meah to sort through your pantry now that you have a little bub on your hands 😉

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Melanie February 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Hi Katrina,
How do you know what to put in drawers and what on shelves? I’m just moving everything into a new pantry and don’t know where to start! I have shelves and two lots of three drawers underneath.
Thanks, Mel.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 1:47 PM

I keep zip lock bags in drawers, as well as extra baking supplies and opened packets of items. It’s mainly items that you can easily just tip into a drawer and access as required, that doesn’t need to stay tidy. I would like to use drawers in my new pantry for snack items too.

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Emma March 30, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Hello
I’m very recently married & have moved town & house to my Husbands hometown. I have set up my pantry & it looks ok but I am having problems making my empty plastic containers look tidy??. Any suggestions?
Thanks

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Narelle July 1, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Has anyone got suggestions for a “triangle” shaped pantry???
It is flat across the front where the door is – then goes to a point at the back.
I totally have pantry-envy of all these gorgeous pantries ?

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Narelle July 1, 2016 - 10:09 PM

Has anyone got suggestions for a “triangle” shaped pantry??? Pretty pretty please ?
It is flat across the front where the door is – then goes to a point at the back.
I totally have pantry-envy of all these gorgeous pantries ?

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Juliet George September 16, 2016 - 2:22 PM

HI Narelle – Have you tried lazy susans? This one is abit extreme but might give you ideas
https://au.pinterest.com/pin/262405115762611513/

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Tania Kent August 9, 2016 - 11:54 AM

I am after storage for my Tupperware to go into. I don’t want anything see through as it always looks a messy and it also needs to have a lid. My shelves are quite high but only 40cm deep. .
I also would like some baskets for the very top shelves, I was thinking wicker in a light shade or white wash look but haven’t been able to find any.
Any suggestions are welcomed, thanks.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 11, 2016 - 9:49 AM

Tania, have you had a look at Kmart, they have some great baskets which are plastic but look wicker. Being plastic will make them easier to clean too!

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Adam August 9, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Any ideas for keeping ingredients list and allergen information handy when food items are stored out of the packet?

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Juliet George September 16, 2016 - 2:25 PM

I normally cut them out and stick them with sellotape to the back of the container I’m using to store them in… easily removed once finished too.

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Petra August 9, 2016 - 5:07 PM

Love all the suggestions and I’ve attempted to organise my pantry. It’s ok but I think I need a bigger pantry or I need to stop cooking so much. Ha, ha! Kmart have a great selection of storage products at an affordable price but you need to be quick. Each time I go to get just one more shelf or tray they seem to have run out.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 11, 2016 - 10:48 AM

I agree they have a good range of storage items, I have a few of their products in my pantry at the moment.

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