Small Kitchen Organization: Pantry Cabinet

Small Kitchen Organization: Pantry Cabinet. Tools and ideas for organizing a pantry cabinet. How to get the most out of a small space.

pantry cabinet before organization

My kitchen organization project has begun. I’m not quite halfway through and it’s slow-going, but I’m hanging in there until the end! Pictured above is our only “pantry” space. I don’t have a pantry closet or even a tall cabinet. This is it, and as you can see, it was a disaster. 

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What Wasn’t Working

The biggest problem with this cabinet was that I couldn’t see or get to the top shelf. I can reach it, but barely. The other main issue was that the existing bins were white and tall, so I couldn’t see what was in them. It always looked like a big jumble of mixed-up stuff. 

small kitchen organization pantry cabinet before

Pantry Cabinet Goals:

  • To make everything accessible, especially the top shelf.
  • Organize with clear bins so I could see everything.
  • The bins had to be small so I could easily pull them in and out.

small kitchen organization process

4 Steps to Organize Anything

  • Empty the space.
  • Clean the space.
  • Edit contents.
  • Restore order.

This is the system I use to organize absolutely everything. I have found that if I skip even one step, I’m not happy with the end result. Since the inside of my cabinets are painted, I used Clorox Clean-Up and Magic Erasers to clean everything. Together, they did a great job. The hardest part for me is the editing, but with this kitchen organization project, I am being ruthless. If I don’t use it, it’s not staying!

*The bins reflected the light so my apologies for the glare in the photos. 

small kitchen organization pantry reedit

Pantry Cabinet Problem Solvers

Lazy Susans: The only way I felt the top shelf could ever be functional was if I used lazy Susans. I could reach the very front of the shelf, but not the back. Lining up the lazy Susans and organizing the items completely solved this problem. 

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Clear, small bins: I knew I wanted clear bins because the existing white ones were not working. I couldn’t see what was in them. I also wanted smaller bins so I could easily lift them in and out of the cabinet. Because my shelf depth is so small, my choices were limited. After looking for a long time, I found these 10 inch clear bins. It took twelve of them, but they are perfect. 

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Here is the system I used to restore order to this pantry cabinet:

  • Top shelf: canned goods and items I don’t use very often.
  • Middle shelf: snacks, coffee, tea, and items I use on a regular basis.
  • Bottom shelf: Medication, essential oils, misc. items. 

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I’m very happy with the way this pantry cabinet came together. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s functional and there’s room to grow. The total cost for this cabinet was $180.00. I got the lazy Susans as a Christmas gift, so that really helped keep the cost down. I already had the Oxo container (it holds our saltines) and the Magic Erasers. This is the most-used cabinet in our kitchen, so I felt strongly about purchasing the proper organizing tools. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to open this cabinet. I can see everything, but more importantly, I can access everything. Now…on to the baking cabinet!

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