Welcome back to my organizational series! Today is going to be all about organizing your pantry in an apartment. Where I live, there isn’t a dedicated pantry space, so I’ve come up with some ways to maximize the space that I do have!
A lot of the tips I’m going to share with you are specific to a smaller pantry, however, you can always apply these if you have a larger one! All of the items I’m going to share are super affordable and might even be found around your home!
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How to Organize The Shelves
I ended up using one of our bigger cabinets to keep all of our pantry related items in. To keep things very organized, I used a variety of different containers to help use any of the vertical space in the cabinet.
For the top shelf, I store pastas and grains in. This would include rice, quinoa, and any other sort of pasta. You’ll see that I also keep some taco shells up there as well.
The middle shelf is more baking essentials. I have an assortment of nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, etc. This personally is my favorite shelf!
The bottom shelf is a bit mixed. I keep any vegetable stock, larger containers such as pasta sauce, soups and sauces on the left side. On the right side, I keep some grains/legumes that are used a bit more frequently such as popcorn, lentils and minute rice!
In your own cabinet or pantry space, I would group items by category and how often that you use them. So you could do breakfast foods (pancake mix, syrups, oatmeal, etc), spices, baking essentials (baking soda, baking powder, flour, etc), snacks, etc.
What I Use to Organize My Pantry
As you can see, I use a variety of containers to hold all of my pantry items. My absolute favorite are these containers from Target. They range in price from $4.00-$13.00. They fit perfectly in my pantry and I love that they have a square base, so I can maximize the space (compared to circular ones). Every time I’m at Target I’ll pick up another one or two.
My boyfriend loves the Smiling Hill Farm milk here in Maine, so we recycle those containers to store foods in! If you don’t have any recycled containers, you can easily purchase mason jars to get a similar look! You’ll notice that I also use mason jars to store a lot of nuts in as well!