Storage solutions for organising the pantry

There are times when something happens in our lives and we need to take time out from our normal routines.  This is perfectly OK and much needed, however I found myself digging a deeper hole each time I saw my chaos, I am trying to get back into my normal routine and sorting my pantry has been my first task.  As I mention in the video it frazzled me (yes I know sounds silly, but it’s true) I couldn’t find anything and if you have been a reader for some time now you would know I like to keep my pantry tidy and organised and this certainly was not. I am sure cereal was going stale and when going shopping I wasn’t sure what I needed as I couldn’t see properly on the shelves, it needed my attention.

I have put together this video to show you storage solutions that helped to organise my pantry.  I create particular areas on the shelves for certain groups of items such as oils & sauces, spreads, baking items, cereal etc.

Product List:

All these items can be found at Howards Storage World, online or instore.

  • Plastic tub with wheels – stores our recycling
  • Baskets – excess packets of food and lunch boxes
  • Mimi wide seprator – packets of biscuits
  • Mimi wide seprator – packets of biscuits
  • Mimi narrow seprator – packets of biscuits
  • Alfoil/gladwrap storage – from a home delivery catalogue you find at your door (sorry can’t remember which one)
  • Lazy susan turntable – placed in the corner stores cans and jars
  • White expanding shelf – narrow to use for kids flavoured drink tins with coffee and tea stored underneath
  • Medium Roll out Shelf – to store the bread
  • Large White Shelf – stores our spreads and tinned fruit
  • Cadi Large Stackable Org Basket – for the bottles of oil and sauces
  • 1L Clear Stacking Canister – choc melts, candles
  • 1.5L Clear Stacking Caniser – cooking cutters
  • Mini Canisters in clear – for our curry & stock powder, 100 & 1000’s etc,  I have 4 sets
  • Chrome Stackable shelves – I used in the corner but then replaced with the clear stackable canisters
  • Spice racks – for food colourings and spice bottles

An Organised Pantry!

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37 comments

Joanne August 14, 2012 - 8:24 AM

IKEA have stands for $5 that are very pretty and sturdy with a pattern on the top that you could use for your two level requirements. They don’t bow in the middle from the weight.

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Julia August 14, 2012 - 10:03 AM

Beautiful! I wish my pantry was as big. I would also dedicate the bottom shelf to my 3yr son to organize and potter Montessori styles.

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Andi August 14, 2012 - 10:07 AM

Your pantry is just gorgeous! It gives me so many ideas for mine. Thank you!

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Jodie Emerton August 14, 2012 - 10:08 AM

Oh I am inspired while my pantry is fairly organized with Tupperware atm I really like the clear containers from Howards great when doing the shopping list

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micknjan August 14, 2012 - 10:17 AM

I used to have a basket (plastic coated wire) that slid on to a shelf and hung underneath. Have lost it somewhere in moves, anyone know where they can be purchased. thanks.

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Tarsh Telfer June 25, 2015 - 8:50 AM

I purchased one from bigW

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Lisa Warren August 14, 2012 - 10:40 AM

Great video Katrina! I love how you’ve explained what containers you use and why. I’m definitely inspired to give my pantry to makeover.

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Beck August 14, 2012 - 10:42 AM

Wow can you come and do mine?

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Danielle August 14, 2012 - 2:57 PM

Just finished re-Organising my pantry, thanks for the motivation, i have changed it around and it is much more user friendly now. Love your website!

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Lorraine August 14, 2012 - 5:25 PM

Great Katrina….the video was a great way to demonstrate everything clearly..thanks.

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Nani August 14, 2012 - 5:51 PM

I found some great containers (superlock by micronware) in our local ‘cheapy’ shop which have dials on the top so that you can set the date and month so you know how long you’ve had things like flour or rice. One of the problems with dry goods in containers is not knowing how long they’ve been there!

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Larissa ~ My Pigeon Pair August 15, 2012 - 4:52 PM

Katrina I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I really need to take a visit to Howards Storage World!!!

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Joy August 15, 2012 - 8:39 PM

looks great, will definitely have to do that to my pantry now 🙂

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Genevieve August 18, 2012 - 2:18 PM

My pantry is about an eighth of the size of yours 🙁 uber jealous. I hate my pantry.

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Lina August 27, 2012 - 12:57 PM

i have been looking at my pantry for the past 3 weeks thinking what can i do to make it work .. As everytime i clean it out it never had all the sollutions thank you for the motivation i am going tomorrow in my lunch break to find some of these great containers.. Can i ask where you purchased some of these things for canisters etc

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Kim Houstein September 7, 2012 - 9:59 PM

Ooh I WISH I had a pantry…. I get one corner cupboard and a half cupboard above my bench to store food in. So I am soo envious of everyone who has a big pantry that can hide their condiments, beverages and bread….
On the up side I just bought some more tupperware modular mates so I can stack SOME things and try to make the most of the space I DO have…. Yay Tupperware!!!!

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Mary June 24, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Great organizing. I have packets everywhere. Will now go out and get some plastic tubs for shelves and floor. Already have the Tupperware, so that’s something!

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MrsY August 31, 2013 - 11:49 PM

I love your pantry! It has given me some ideas and inspiration but I am in desperate need of advice. I hate my pantry shelves. They are just too deep and food get lost and forgotten at the back. the shelves are approx. the width of a door and as deep and only 4 shelves. Any suggestions??

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charliB February 21, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Medium Roll out Shelf – to store the bread, can probably get them in large also. Another Idea might be to use your “pantry for plastics, plates cups etc, and the cupboards you currently use for plastics, plates, cups etc for your food…

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kristie February 1, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Great Ideas, where would I get one of these spice racks from?

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Bek Ross February 21, 2014 - 7:52 AM

Ikea 🙂

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Melissa February 21, 2014 - 12:13 PM

I LOVE this – I thought my pantry was good, but yours is FABULOUS! Where did you buy the stackable canisters and the spice racks? I have my spices all in a tub and it drives me crazy. PS. I love Tupperware.

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Katrina February 25, 2014 - 2:25 PM

Melissa, the stackable canisters are from Howards Storage World, but they have suddenly stopped being airtight, so I can’t recommend them to you for storing food sadly.

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Michelle February 21, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Do you have any tips on how to keep a small pantry organised? I have about a quarter of the storage space that you do.

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Narelle February 21, 2014 - 1:07 PM

You need me!
Seriously Katrina, all this modern processed food is what has made you fat and sick and it’s going to do the same to your kids. with love Narelle x

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Katrina February 21, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Narelle, please understand this post was published in 2012 and we have now changed our diet in many ways.

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Narelle February 21, 2014 - 1:28 PM

thank goodness for that!
I understand how you got there seeing this pantry.
Good for you : ) with love Narelle x

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Peta Bruce February 21, 2014 - 1:28 PM

That is so rude 🙁 And it is from over a year ago!

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Narelle February 21, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Peta, rude is when I don’t love women enough to help them understand that modern processed food is doing this to them and their children.

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Lex February 21, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Okay, but could you have possibly worded that differently or sent it in a message? Geez lady, keep some decorum!!

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Narelle February 21, 2014 - 10:17 PM

sometimes love is not always packaged with bows and decorum : )
However, I would be commenting on the graciousness of the host : )

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Sarz March 6, 2014 - 7:27 PM

where are the black lidded containers availale from?

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Denise July 13, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The black lidded containers are the Tupperware modular mates collection.

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Sue Craddock June 13, 2014 - 1:17 AM

where did u get the spice rack in your video? please. I live in Newcastle NSW Australia.

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Nancy April 1, 2015 - 9:20 PM

Thank you so much for all your fabulous ideas on pantry organisation.

I have adopted many of your ideas this past week and am thrilled with the progress. My find of the day was this 3 tier storage shelf for my walk in pantry which I now have honey, golden syrup, vegemite, nutella, etc etc on and now I can actually see what I have – love it!!! http://www.kmart.com.au/product/3-tier-shelf/123350

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