Small Pantry-Its Really Easy To Organize One-Just Add Shelves

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Here is one more idea how to organize a small pantry, it’s really easy. When Fall arrives my inner clock reminds me to stock up on food storage because that is usually when the canned goods go on sale. I am asked quite often “How can I store my food storage when my pantry is so small”?

Well, I showed you a few weeks ago how to add a few shelves to your regular kitchen cupboards.

More Shelves For Your Small Pantry

By just adding a few extra shelves to your small pantry, you gain almost 50% more cupboard space depending on how your cabinets are built. I have the pantry shown below that used to have only 5 shelves. I added two more shelves to give me more space that was not as easily usable because of the height. I only have a few tall items to store in the pantry. Plus you can only safely stack cans two cans high. I have ten-foot ceilings so therefore, the pantry is taller than a house with 8-foot walls. The door alone is 8 feet tall. I want you to know those dimensions so you realize how I was able to add more shelving.

Plan Out The Shelves Of Your Small Pantry

Make a list of the various items you eat every day or every week. Then start measuring approximately how many shelves you can add. I measured and measured so many times then I went to a local cabinet place and had them cut the shelves. I picked up the exact size brackets that were already installed in the side walls. The holes were there so all I had to do was consider the depth of the shelves when measuring for the shelving.

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There is something about having a pantry full of canned goods, honey, cocoa, canned soups. I have large and small buckets with flour and sugar for everyday baking and I refill them when needed.

My favorites I have to have in my small pantry:

1. baking stuff-flour, sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, cocoa, oils, honey, salt

2. peanut butter, jelly, and jam

3. canned soups

4. canned beans

5. canned enchilada sauce

6, ketchup, mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, mustard

7. canned meat-tuna, chicken, and roast beef

8. canned fruits

9. canned vegetables

Here’s the deal, I can’t afford to make a move so I need to make the best of my situation for my food storage. I love things organized.

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  1. The pantry is beautiful. Organization and maximizing space is so easy. You did a great job here!

    • Thanks so much for commenting. I really want to show people we can get by with less…just add more shelves! Happy Monday! Linda

  2. Thanks for sharing this. We live in a very old house and my pantry is similar. I’ve never thought of adding in a shelf to divide some of them in half

    • Hi Andi, thanks for commenting! I have done this for years. I have done most of my daughters closets, kitchens, etc. I sometimes wonder why cabinet builders don’t just add more shelving. It gives of so much more useable space! Happy Monday! Linda

  3. Linda, what a wonderful idea! You have no idea how much I need this!! Thank you so much for sharing and pinning! Have a fantastic evening!

    • Hi Cindy, thanks so much for commenting! It is amazing how just a few more shelves actually adds space…no more empty dead space! Hugs! Linda

  4. Great ideas! I also love the lazy susan. We use one of those in our fridge.

    • Kimberly, I never thought to use a lazy Susan in the fridge!! Oh my gosh, I am working on my fridge post with organizational ideas right now!! Great idea! Hugs! linda

  5. I know what I am doing tomorrow! I need to organize my pantry. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I think the smaller shelves are a complete waste of space! You could fit much more in the cabinet without those! Can goods today stack really nicely! Measure enough room in between for 3 levels to utilize every amount of space available in the area! Give not more than 2 inches above the buckets and 1 above everything else for ease of putting in and removing. Being able to see what is in the cabinet is more important than all those little bitty spaces! From an active cooks perspective!

    • Hi Betty, thanks so much for expressing your opinion. It is interesting I have never had such a small house or pantry in my life….this works for me and I am for sure an active cook too! Linda

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