You don’t need to spend $200 on baskets and bins to have a clean and organized pantry. I’ll show you how to organize your pantry without spending any money by using what you already have!! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser.
I can’t live with clutter. I just can’t! Every night after the kids go to bed I do a quick 10 minute straighten up of the downstairs. If I try to relax and watch a movie with a cluttered house I am constantly getting distracted and end up making a mental check list of things I need to do instead of watching the movie. I have issues.
But behind my cupboard and pantry doors I have a deep dark secret…
Pantry organization. I do a great job organizing it, but keeping it that way? Not so much. I blame it on excess packaging and my rush to get groceries put away without taking the time to REALLY put them away.
So today I got busy and organized my pantry. AGAIN. I go through and do this every few months. It really doesn’t take long to get it looking in ship shape again. And I haven’t ever purchased any fancy bins or baskets. Everything you see here is something that I already owned and repurposed to use in my pantry. This isn’t a dig on beautiful pantries that are decked out with gorgeous wallpaper, baskets, and matching jars. I love seeing photos of pantries like this. They inspire me to make my home a pretty place as well, on a budget that works for our family! So keep pinning those photos and use them as a stepping off point when you decide how to organize your pantry on a budget!
Hopefully the photo above doesn’t give you cause to lose all faith in my organizing abilities. If it has, you might want to check out these posts before continuing on. To boost my image back up, haha!
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How to Organize Your Pantry Without Spending Any Money
It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
Step 1: Pull everything out.
Don’t try to move things around on the shelves and organize shelf by shelf. You’ll end up spending more time doing it this way. Another bonus of pulling everything out is that you are able to check the expiration dates on everything before putting it back in. Give the shelves a good wipe down and vacuum the floors.
Step 2: Downsize
Most boxes of food purchased from Sam’s Club and Costco only had a few items left, yet the box was still taking up just as much room as it did when it was full. Break down those boxes. Stack the cans inside on the pantry shelves, put the granola bars into a snack basket with similar items, and put bags of crackers and chips together in baskets.
Once you consolidate those boxes you will instantly have so much more space.
Step 3: Put Similar Items Together
Go through your house and find boxes and baskets that fit the shelves in your pantry. Use them to store snacks and open bags of chips. Mix and match and rearrange until you find a configuration that works! This is the key step in organizing your pantry without spending any money. I LOVE all of the acrylic storage bins at Home Goods and have been temped to revamp my pantry using them. I may do that someday, but for now it isn’t a priority and the bins and baskets that I have serve a purpose so I can save my money for other things.
Put all of the cereal boxes together (you can use cereal containers for this as well), put baking items together on their own shelf, make an area for snacks for school lunches for easy prep, and fresh items like onions, garlic and potatoes together so that they don’t get lost. Trust me, nothing is worse than finding an old bag of potatoes in your pantry. Nasty.
And that is how to organize your pantry without spending any money. It just takes a bit of time! You won’t find a photo of this pantry on instagram, that’s for sure, but everything is neat and tidy and I can walk inside! See how much more room was created by downsizing those cardboard boxes? It’s amazing.
Now I don’t mind putting groceries away because I have room to store everything! It is easy to find where things are and where things should go and it makes dinner prep easy too! Let’s see how long it lasts!
Two years ago Sarah, from Clover Lane, guest posted on here about keeping up with her house and 6 children. I still refer to her tips on how to de-clutter a home. Such great ideas!
After I cleaned up the chaos that emptying the pantry caused, I added a wax cube in my wax warmer and my downstairs was filled with a fresh citrus scent (Molten Orange). My pantry was organized, my kitchen was clean, and it felt so great! I have set a goal to work on one problem area in my home once a week: an unorganized closet, cupboard, etc. to start controlling the clutter behind the scenes. Baby steps, right? I actually have two warmer units in my home (An Edison Nautical warmer and Scentsationals Whisper) and I love both because they fit right in with my decor! After cleaning and vacuuming it is nice to turn on one of my warmers and instantly the house smells fresh without being overwhelming.