Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
I have the tiniest pantry and have wanted to build a larger one for some time. 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 for a Budget-Friendly Pantry Organization:
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 One – Peel and Stick Wallpaper Wall
Project Two – Farmhouse Window Frame
Project Three – Chalkboard Wall (blog post coming soon)
Project Four – Pantry Shelving
Want to get shopping right away? Here is a link too all the products in this post!
Since it can be an investment (big or small) to organize your pantry, you want to do it right. Going to the store and buying products without understanding what you need can be frustrating and a waste of money. A few steps of planning and preparation can make it a worthwhile process.
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 to ask yourself:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 affiliate link to each product is listed below each photo.
I used the Crystal Clear Smart Lock 13.21 Quart size in my space:
I used the Tellfresh Store and Pour 5.3 Quart:
I used the Anchor 1 Gallon Glass Cracker Jar:
I used the 4.2 qt. Click Clack Pantry Canisters:
The Anchor 1.5 gal. Montana Glass Canisters where best for my space:
I bought the 12 pack of the large plastic storage bins:
I used the Curver Large Knit Basket in Cloudy Grey:
I used the Large Kiva Storage Bins in Grey:
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 CONTAINERSTORE.com and your item will pop up. My items shipped fast and I was so happy when they arrived!
This is the funnest part! All the hard work is done, now let’s 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. Here is a youtube video of the process:
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.
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 A LOT 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 shelf 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!
Budget-Friendly Pantry Organization