How To Organize A Pantry If You Have A Small Space

imageAnyone else dealing with a home with limited storage space? If so, I feel your pain. When my husband bought this house, he did not envision a wife and two kids joining him.

As a family of four, we do take up a bit more space. ¬†One of the issues we’ve had is having room for our ever expanding pantry.

I have to give credit where it’s due. My husband had the idea to create a pantry on the back of the door. He bought some shelves at Lowe’s and finished the project in one afternoon.

If you’re also dealing with limited space, make sure you line things vertically. This gives you a lot more room to work from. Using the entire back of the door gave us a ton more room so we weren’t cramming things into a cupboard. This also helps you see what you have. If cans and noodles are crammed into any available space, you’ll be buying duplicates. Trust me on this one. Hence the two jars of peanut butter for a family that really doesn’t eat that much peanut butter.

To organize your pantry, group like with like. Today, as I was reorganizing, I created a lunch shelf with some easy grab and go options. I also discovered a TON of soy sauce. It’s so silly to have that much. Also, check your expiration dates. I found a few things with a ‘Best By’ date in 2011! Gross.

We did discover a few pros and cons. Pros first:

1. Working with vertical space gave us a ton more room. We can just fit more in there.

2. Like I’ve said a million times: it’s so much easier to see what you have, and what you don’t have. Like, we probably need more Pedialyte.

Cons:

1. Unfortunately, (again, small house issues) we had to put it on the back of our kitchen door, which is also the entrance to the basement and how we get upstairs from the backyard. Our toddler, R, can mess with things if we’re not careful. She’s pretty good, but she does need supervision. We wouldn’t let her alone around there anyway, because of the steps.

2. Your pantry items aren’t completely hidden like they would be in a cupboard. I’m an out of sight out of mind girl, so this works great for me. But if having things out drives you nuts, this might not be the best option for you.

3. It makes the door a bit heavier. This actually works in our favor since we have a toddler and she can’t open the door on her own, but this can be a downside. It hasn’t been too bad once we got used to it.

Well, that’s about it! Hope this gave you some inspiration, especially if you’re struggling with organizing small spaces or a home with limited storage space.

How do you organize your pantry? Let me know in the comments!

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