Not sure how to organize a pantry with deep shelves? No worries! Here are some easy to implement ideas!
Pantries can be hard to organize. The food items and cooking utensils are all different sizes and shapes, making it hard to stack and make things easy to see. This is even harder when you have deep pantry shelves.
How to Organize a Pantry with Deep Shelves
While it can be challenging to organize a pantry with deep shelves, here are ways to create a functional pantry that you can use and enjoy.
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Use a Lazy Susan to Organize Your Deep Pantry Shelves
We love our lazy susan kitchen cabinet, but lazy susans are also perfect to use in the pantry – especially in corners! Here’s the one we have and love – notice how it has a raised outer edge to keep things on it and two tiers to give us extra space.
Lazy susans create a way to see everything you have on a deep shelf with just a small turn. They’re perfect for things like spices or bottles of flavored oils and vinegars.
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Containers Work Great on Deep Pantry Shelves
When it comes to trying to store things that are in bags or in unusually shaped boxes, it can be helpful to put the items inside of a container.
Things like pasta, beans or brown sugar, for example, are easier to store in clear stackable containers. Whereas, snacks are great when stored in long open containers or long wire baskets. Finding the right containers to store your goods is key!
Drawers Can Make Deep Pantry Shelves Super Functional
Adding drawers, either built in or premade plastic drawers, are perfect for storing small items. Things like sprinkles, nuts, or other small items that don’t need to be put into a storage container but won’t stack or sit well to be organized are excellent items for pantry drawers.
Shelf Risers Add Space to Deep Pantry Shelves
When trying to do deep pantry organization, you can use shelves to create more space. Not only do the shelves make it easier to see the things in the back, they help you keep your pantry organized.
If you’re using open bottom shelf risers like these, use the space under them to store extras of the items on the shelves.
Baskets Rule When Working on Deep Pantry Organization
When all else fails, use baskets to organize. Baskets are great for anything in the pantry that needs to be grouped together or for things that might not stand well on their own. Snacks, boxes of cereal, and even bread work well in pantry baskets.
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How to Organize a Deep Pantry
Once you have the items needed to start organizing your pantry, it’s time to get started. And, in order to start, you first have to take everything out of the pantry. Sounds a bit counterintuitive at first doesn’t it?
The trick is that once you have everything out of the way, you can see what you have and get a better idea about how to sort it all. This is the first step in getting organized.
Next you want to take whatever needs to be moved to new containers and set them aside. Things like cereals, sugar, flour, etc. are great for storing in sealable containers instead of their awkward original packaging. When you have the items in new containers, slowly start adding things back into the pantry.
Put things that are used often towards the front of the deep shelves. Place heavy or breakable things out of reach of kids. Keep snacks and things that children might want to get themselves in easy reach in labeled bins or tubs.
Don’t forget to label your baskets, bins, and containers! When things are labeled it’s easy to see what’s out of place and keep the pantry organized. It also helps other members of the family know where everything is supposed to go!
Once you have the pantry organized, it gets much easier to stay organized. As the old saying goes, there should be a place for everything, and everything should be in its place!