Small pantries with smart storage solutions


If you’ve been on Netflix lately, you’ve probably seen that the geniuses behind The Home Edit recently launched their own show, called Get organized with Home Edit. Over the course of the first season, Clea and Joanna help ordinary people, as well as celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Khloé Kardashian, to adopt the organization into their homes.

While it’s always fun to look at spacious homes with pantries and the like, the reality is that most of us don’t have a lot of storage space, especially in the kitchen. In fact, many houses and apartments, including my own, are quite scarce in the food storage department, forcing us to be crafty if we want to keep everything in storage and organized.

If you’re ready to transform your tiniest pantry from messy and cluttered to orderly and methodical, consider these small pantry hacks to help you maximize your space. Be prepared to say, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”

If you have a few inches of space next to your refrigerator, you have enough room to slide into one of these slim sliding pantries. Sure, you can only store narrow items in them, but they’re an easy and inexpensive way to get the most out of every inch.

Not incorporated? Without worries. This freestanding pantry is an epic IKEA hack if there ever was one. We love the idea of ​​using a Billy bookcase with glass doors as a pantry, and of course, who can resist those neatly organized bins?

How cool is this idea? This IGer had room to spare in her small laundry room, so she installed several shelves to turn part of the area into a makeshift pantry. Perfect for storing the kitchen overflow.

This cabinet is a perfect example of how to use every inch of space in your kitchen deprived of space. There are small shelves for spices at the back of each door, as well as additional vertical cubbies to store baking trays, platters, and more.

Harry Potter had its humble beginnings in a cabinet under the stairs, and now your essentials can live there too. Honestly, that space is usually wasted, so why not transform it into your own pantry? We feel a DIY in your future.

You can fit twice as many things in your limited storage space when using stackable containers. They’re perfect for cans, snacks, and even products that like cool, dark places (hello, potatoes). Oh, and don’t forget to use your label maker to give each container a name tag.

Who says you can only store food in kitchen cabinets? Many homes have a basement entrance from the kitchen, and the back of this door is a great place to store overflowing pantry items. There are even shelves behind the door with adjustable shelves to perfectly fit your storage needs.

Because food containers come in all shapes and sizes, storing groceries can feel a bit like Tetris; That’s why many organization experts recommend switching to containers of uniform size, which are easier to stack, and fit neatly into smaller spaces. We love how the round bins are staggered in this mini pantry, allowing you to see what’s in the back!

If regular shelves just won’t cut it, you can always get creative and make your own built-in pantry. This unique design features tiered compartments for staggering spices and condiments, as well as an X-shaped section that would be ideal for storing paper towels or bottled beverages.

This cute locker looks like a piece of decoration, but it also does double duty as an extra storage spot in a small kitchen. This IGer uses it to hold items like paper towels and other paper items, but we can see that it is useful for overflowing pantry items or even as a snack station.

Wondering what to do with half-full bags of food and other pantry items that don’t have a home? You can keep them organized and accessible in a few stacks of plastic drawers placed in the back of your closet. These drawers are generally inexpensive and will help maximize your storage space in this often wasted area.

If you have narrow and deep cabinets, the slide-out baskets will help you access items from the back, without knocking everything down in the process. These baskets are perfect for storing all of your pantry essentials, and there are even two-tier models that would work perfectly on higher shelves.

This before and after shot shows just how useful expandable drawer dividers can be in a small pantry space. In this cabinet, dividers were used to create rows on pull-out shelves, making it much easier to organize canned food, condiments, and food packages; it is very satisfying to alternate between before and after images.

Here’s another mind-blowing pantry transformation! We particularly love how they incorporated baskets under the shelves to make the most of their little closet space. Hanging containers fit perfectly over short organization baskets, taking up space that would otherwise be wasted.

If you have an empty drawer in your kitchen, you can use it to store baking supplies (or other loose ingredients). Naturally this raises the problem of how to identify the containers if you cannot see into them, but the simple solution is to put labels. above of the jars. That way, you can quickly and easily find the ingredient you need, and as a bonus, your pantry staples will be bug-safe in airtight containers.

No two pantries are the same, so if you have an idea that suits your needs, we tell you to go for it, even if it’s unconventional. For example, this pantry uses a shoe organizer behind the door as a spice holder! It’s an inexpensive hack and is ideal if you have spice jars that won’t fit on a standard shelf.


What is your favorite small pantry storage solution? Let us know below!

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