How To Organize Your Pantry – Budget Friendly Ideas

Affiliate links are used to help my readers find the products I have featured in the post, in collaboration with The Container Store.  I hope you find these helpful as you shop for budget friendly items for your pantry!    

Welcome to CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy, I am glad you are here!  This Organizing Your Home Blog Hop is sponsored by The Container Store and I am so excited to share with you my favorite budget friendly items as I organize my pantry.  You may be joining me from DesigsnbyKaran – isn’t she wonderful?! Each talented blogger in this series will share simple and effective ways to organize different spaces in their home – make sure to visit each one of them while you are here!  You next stop will be with Kelly at TheTatteredPew.

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It has been a project weighing on me for years and I am more than ready to get it done. Here has been the process so far:

My kitchen pantry is quite small – a closet with 6 shelves.  To date I would keep extra food downstairs in a basement closet and run down there each time I needed something for a meal. This isn’t a horrible solution but was inconvenient.  After my oldest son moved out, we were able to switch some spaces around and began converting an old office into a pantry/mud room.  

Project OnePeel and Stick Wallpaper Wall

Project TwoFarmhouse Window Frame

Project Three – Chalkboard Wall (blog post coming soon)

Project Four – Pantry Shelving (blog post coming soon)  



Step by Step Pantry Organizing Process

Since it can be an investment (big or small) to organize your pantry, you want to do it right.  Just going to the store and buying products without understanding what you need, can be frustrating and a waste money.  A few steps of planning and preparation can make it a worthwhile process.

Simple Pantry Products
Simple and Effective Pantry Storage


Step One – Assessment

I cleaned out the old pantry and took note of all the things I liked or didn’t like, what I needed and didn’t need.  If you are not sure where to start, or what pantry ZONES you might need, here are some good websites that have LISTS of pantry organizations:  Readers Digest List, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, An Organized Life.

Some questions I asked myself were:

  • What food products do I like to use on a regular basis?  How do I want to access them?
  • Do I like snack foods out in the open?
  • Do I want cereal in boxes or containers?  What about hot cereals?
  • What foods look messy and take up random spaces?  How can I keep them better organized?
  • Do I need or even like the lazy susan organization system?
  • Did I need stackable bins or different size plastic containers?

Since I was building new pantry shelves, I planned out where I wanted different items before I built them.  This was good information to know before I went into The Container Store to do my shopping.  If you are working with an existing pantry, make sure to measure your shelving for width, height and depth.  This will help you immensely when shopping.  The Container Store has so many shapes and sizes to fit different needs, so you want to make sure you know what your options are.

Pantry Storage at The Container Store
Simple Basket Options

All pantries will look different from one another.  Since mine is a “back-up” pantry, the basic items like spices, cooking supplies, and cans of food, will be held in my small kitchen pantry.  The following were the categories that I needed for my pantry organization as well as the type of containers I wanted:

  • Dry Goods: cereal, flour, rice, oatmeal, etc…
    • large bins with sealed lids
  • Legumes: beans, lentils, etc…
    • medium bins with sealed lids
  • Pastas: sauces and pasta
    • tall, thin plastic bins with lids
    • buckets
  • Snacks: kids and friends
    • plastic buckets
    • glass containers for treats
  • Quick Dinner Items: meals for kids to make themselves
    • plastic buckets
  • School Lunch: my kids pack a school lunch each day
    • sturdy plastic baskets
  • Paper Goods: we love no dishes
    • plastic baskets
Simple Pantry Organization
Pasta Container Ideas


Step Two – Shop For Options

I decided I would to go into The Container Store and see what great products they had and how it would fit into my budget.  If you do not have a store close to you – do not worry.  You can shop online too! I will be linking all my favorite budget deals later on in the post.

I walked up and down the isles multiple times, tracking sizes and prices.  Since I had already made an assessment of what I needed and I was building my shelf to fit my products, I was particular on the depth and height of each product. The great thing about The Container Store is they have multiple options and prices for each type of product.  If you want a cereal container – they have a few options and price points.  If you need a 12 by 12 storage box, they have so many colors, materials and prices to choose from.  I was confident that I would find things to fit my budget – and I was right.

Simple Pantry Organization
Large Dry Goods Storage


Step Three – Solidify Choices

I took photos of the products that I wanted as well as their prices.  I then went home and spent some time to finalize what I needed, what would work, and to make sure the price fit into my budget.  It is important to make sure what you want will actually FIT. Ask yourself:

  • Is it TALL enough? Or too tall?
  • Is it WIDE enough? Or too wide?
  • Is it DEEP enough? Or too deep?

I searched out the best deals The Container Store had to offer, that fit into my price range.  All of the items I found were perfect for my budget and my pantry. You will love them!  The affiliant link to each product is listed below each photo. 

Dry Goods

Pantry Storage
Smart Lock Bulk Storage
Pantry Food Organization
Tellfresh Store and Pour Dispenser



Pantry Organization
Glass Cracker Jar



Pantry Organization
Click Clack Pantry Canister



Pantry Products
Montana Glass Canister


Quick Dinner Items

Pantry Organization
Plastic Storage Bins


School Lunch

Pantry Shelves
School Lunch Baskets


Paper Goods

Pantry Storage Bins
Woven Kiva Storage Bin


Step Four – Purchase Items

Since I had already been to the store, I was able to purchase my products online and get them shipped to my home.  When you take a photo of the price, you will also get the SKU number.  Just type this into the search bar at and your item will pop up.  My items shipped fast and I was so happy when they arrived!  

Step Five – Organize Pantry

This is the funnest part! All the hard work is done, now lets get to the best part.  Getting my packages in the mail was so exciting.  Once opened, I hand washed all my products in warm, soapy water.   I made sure they were fully dry before I used them.  

I took some time to arrange them how I wanted them, and it may change as I go.  But for now it ended up being just perfect.   

Pantry Items on a Budget
Simple Storage Solutions

I added all of my paper supplies to the top shelf in the woven rectangle buckets. There were the perfect size. 

On the left side of the pantry I added treats to the second shelf in the class containers. On the second and third shelf I added quick menu items for my kids to grab for dinner when they are on their own.  We have ALOT of teenagers are our house and so they know this is their spot to grab something to eat as well.  The very last section is reserved for all lunch menu items so they can pack their lunches quickly.

On the right side on the second shelf, I used the white plastic buckets to hold extra dinner items for me to grab and use.  I also made a bucket for hot cocoa and for popcorn (we use these a lot).  The third shelf was reserved all things cereal and legume based.  The fourth shelf now has dry products such as flour, rice and flaxseed.  I use these in bulk and grabbed the large snap on containers.  The last shelp is once again reserved for all things lunch related. 

I hope this post has helped you get some ideas of how you can use The Container Store to organize your pantry.  Now I am off to stock up with food – my kiddos will be so happy!

Make sure to check out these

9 Spring Cleaning Tips & Organization Ideas

Grace In My Space | Mid County Journal | Crisp Collective
She Gave It A Go | Jenna Kate At Home | Designs By Karan
City Girl Meets Farm Boy | The Tattered Pew | Aratari At Home

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Love, Kelly 

17 thoughts on “How To Organize Your Pantry – Budget Friendly Ideas

  1. Kelly, you did such a wonderful job on this. I loved watching you build it and everyone of your choices is perfect! I have total pantry envy over here!

  2. Kelly, I love seeing how you organized your pantry my friend! I am loving the wallpaper, shelves and all the varying bins from The Container Store you used. I can only imagine how wonderful it feels now! You are always so great at providing insights, resources and encouragement. It’s been a joy to join alongside you on this tour! xoxo-Brendt

  3. I love how organized your pantry is! I love all the bins and storage options you chose. Looks so easy to find things!

  4. I love that you’ve repurposed this space to make it more functional for your family! Plus it looks AMAZING! So inspired to keep this organization train going in our home! XO -Amanda

  5. Kelly this was such a great post! I love how you organized and created a beautiful and functional pantry space!

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