Ten Ways to Maximize Your Pantry Space

The pantry is home to a variety of ingredients, foodstuff, kitchenware, and other supplies. With so many things inside, it can be difficult to find what you need quickly. Sometimes, you have to rummage through containers and reach through the back for what you need, which can cause an accident.

If you’re sick and tired of looking at your messy pantry space and going through the same dilemma, then it’s time to make use of different organizers and create a system to the chaos in your pantry. Here are a few ideas to help you start.

Use Uniform Containers

Uniform containers are easier to store since they take up the same amount of space. You won’t have to worry about one container covering another and how to arrange different bins next to each other. When buying containers, select ones that are slim and transparent to save space and easily find the ingredients you’re looking for.

Box It Up

Don’t just randomly arrange bottles, cans, condiments, and other stuff you put in your pantry. Put them into labeled boxes for easier access to ingredients, tools, and supplies.

You don’t  have to buy new boxes. Recycle cereal boxes, and turn them into organizers for your container lids, tumblers, and food packets. You can also use wood crates to organize larger supplies on the bottom tier.

Try Basket Organizers

Baskets are sturdier alternatives to recycled boxes. They can be used to separate the things in your pantry into categories. For example, one basket can be for herbs and spices, another one for condiments, another for cereals, and so on and so forth. There are lots of ways to use baskets to organize not just your kitchen but also other rooms in your house.

Install Hooks and Hangers

When it comes to saving space, hooks and hangers are the best organizers. They are easy to install, take up very little space, and can be placed almost anywhere. Plus, you can avoid the hassle of unstacking thins or reaching far back to get what you need.

Hooks and hangers are great for storing pans, pots, utensils, and other kitchenware. Now you don’t have to pile one pans and pots on top of each other and avoid damaging the nonstick coating on them.

Use a Cake Stand

Cake stands aren’t just for pastries and desserts. They’re also useful for organizing your pantry space. Instead of a regular one, use a tiered cake stand to organize your supplies. Use the bottom tier for mugs or canned food and the upper tiers for lighter loads, like herbs, spices, and small packets.

With a tiered stand, you don’t have to stack objects on top of each other, so it’s easier and faster to take out something when you need it.

Add Hanging Racks

Add more storage space to your pantry by installing hanging racks behind doors and on the wall. There you can store condiments, herbs, spices, and other ingredients.

You can also use the space for kitchenware, canned goods, and ready-made food. Hanging racks make it easier to access things from your pantry that you often use.

Use Zip Ties

One hook normally fits one kitchenware, but you can optimize that space to fit more than one utensil. Loop a zip tie around spatula, pot, and pan handles. Use the zip tie to hang the kitchen tool on the hook. Now there’s more hook space to hang in other wares.

Convert to Drawers

Tired of constantly sifting through bottles to get the ingredient you want at the back of the closet? Drawers are the answer to your problem.

Adding drawers to your shelves saves you time and energy from moving things in front to get the something from the back. It also lessens the risk of accidentally dropping or elbowing containers while rummaging for the stuff you need.

Do your own drawers with the help of this step-by-step tutorial.

Hang a Shoe Organizer

If you’re not keen on drilling holes on your pantry, compromise with just one, and use a hanging shoe organizer. It’s well worth the sacrifice with its numerous pockets that can store anything from small bottles, to packets, to little boxes. It can also be used as a convenient place for utensils and kitchen supplies.

When it’s time to change to a new one, you can simply unhook the old organizer and hook in a replacement. No need for power tools.

Install Tension Rods

Tension rods don’t need power tools to install. You don’t have to make a hole on your pantry or do something irreversible. They’re also adjustable, so you can easily move up, down, forward, or backward, depending on the space you need.

You can use hooks to hang cookware and food, or you can hook in hanging baskets and other organizers to put in more stuff. Here are other good uses of tension rods.

Optimize Space

The best way to optimize your pantry space is to make use of every inch and corner of pantry. Most pantries have regular shelves, but you shouldn’t just rely on them to keep your things organized.

Use containers; add hooks, hangers, racks, and tension rods; and modify your pantry to create an organization system that will put everything in order. Doing these will guarantee you less frustration and more ease when looking for the supplies you need.

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