5 Ways To Solve Your Pantry Problems

The kitchen pantry can be one of the biggest hotspots for clutter and disorganization if you let it. However, there are all kinds of tricks you can use to organize your pantry on the cheap.


The kitchen pantry can be one of the biggest hotspots for clutter and disorganization if you let it.  However, there are all kinds of tricks you can use to organize your pantry on the cheap.

Today’s post was inspired by one of our customers on Facebook.  She referenced her “pantry problems” in regards to organizing.  We figured many homeowners have encountered pantry problems so we thought we’d lend a helping hand.

Here are some of our favorite kitchen pantry organizing solutions:

Tension Rod Shelf Divider

An easy way to keep items separated and easy to find is to install some tension rods on your shelves.  It can help you organize by grouping similar items together, a technique endorsed by professional organizer Andi Willis.

Drawer Divider Pantry

Take the tension rod concept and apply it specifically to kitchen drawers, using wood dividers instead of the rods. Sure the drawers may not be in the pantry directly, however organizing your drawers means less items kept in your pantry and less overall clutter.  When it comes to organizing, a rising tide lifts all boats.

www.unclebobs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/magazine_rack_pantry_organizer-230x300.jpg" alt="Magazine Rack Pantry Organizer" width="230" height="300" / Sure, magazines are going the way of powdered wigs (extinct), but that doesn’t mean you can’t repurpose your magazine rack. Use it to store your canned goods and watch your pantry space open up.

Chalkboard paint is your friend when it comes to cabinet organization.  You can see here how it helps with labeling and can be an incredibly handy reference point for converting measurements when cooking or baking.  Sure we all have smart phones and tablets, but you don’t want to be dealing with those things when you get in the zone in your kitchen.

Pantry Spice Organization

Just putting your spices in a pantry haphazardly is no good, and building spice racks can be time consuming and bulky.  Take some mop handle holders, put them inside your pantry door and hang the spices from there. This is definitely one of those “wish I thought of that” ideas.

So those are just a few ideas to get you started on attacking pantry clutter.  We’d love to hear any ideas you have, so share them in the comments!



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  • Becky Respess

    Great ideas….and yes…I wish I had thought of them

  • Loretta Hanus

    Love these ideas,hope you have more,love the spice rack idea.never thought of that.

  • Vanessa Brown

    These are great. Please continue to send more. I love organization. Just don’t have the time to do it the old way. But these are great and once done it stays that way.

  • Evie Ashlock

    Great ideas…ENJOYED…..helpful!!!’ Looking forward to futures!!!’

  • Lock And Leave

    Very useful pantry organization tips you have provided here and thus also help in utilizing space which is the main problem in many homes.

  • DMR

    Where did you get the mop handle holders? Can’t find anything similar to what’s pictured.

  • Valerie Hill

    Have an older 2 bdrm/1 bath home (c. 1950) w/o much storage space, so I’ll be looking forward to reading your storage tips for smaller homes (like ones that don’t have pantries 🙂

  • Elizabeth McClure

    I like it

  • Kitty Auvil

    I have a simple solution. My very old house is pretty fixed in space like cabinets. So I built a wooden 5′ cabinet. No finish as I feel it leaves smells in food, formaldehyde for one. It has aged beautifully to a reddish golden color. Each space was planned for a food. Tea box size, small boxes-hot cocoa and oats,cereal(measured largest box and all fit), canned goods, and large cans and jars-heaviest to bottom.

  • Rena miller

    I’m building a new home soon so all these great ideas will help me a

  • Dave Hultgren

    Thanks for your article on Pantry Storage. We live in a condo where space in limited. Dave Hultgren

    • Glad it helped, thanks for reading Dave!

  • Fran

    Great ideas – I’ve used the small tension rods, but never thought of the mop handle holders. Thanks and keep the multi-purpose ideas coming.

  • Linda

    Most of your comments seem to be from young people starting out. I am not considered young (chronologically), and I have lots of ‘stuff’. I am currently in the beginning stage of purging, but I like my ‘stuff’. My kids don’t want it right now, but maybe later. In the meantime, I do not want to store it. I want it gone, because I just feel not having so much ‘stuff’ will make my life easier and more relaxing. Any ideas?

  • Montnan

    Linda, don’t hang onto things just because your kids MIGHT want them some day. I have a sister who has been holding onto lots of stuff for that reason. Her kids are now in their 40s and STILL don’t want it. I say give them a list and 2 weeks to decide what, if anything, they want, then another timeline for picking it up or having it shipped to them. Yes, having good storage is wonderful, but most of us just need to keep less “stuff”.

  • Geri Ann

    Where did you find the wide mesh magazine rack?
    Great space saver!

  • Anne Moore

    I would like to continue to get your ideas about storage, organizing the home and closets, esp, if you have photos with them.
    Very helpful, thank you!

  • Alexis

    Some of these ideas sound great for my small kitchen, but with the chalkboard paint and chalk wouldn’t it be better to use a dry erase board with non-toxic markers instead? chalk dust can get everywhere and dirty the inside of your cabinets every time you shut the door not to mention creating a layer of dust on your food. for the illustration above specifically I would have just make it permanent paint since I wouldn’t want that information erased.

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