* The floor of my pantry closet was always messy because the onions and potatoes kept falling through the wire shelves. …Then our baby would spill pasta and beans, and I would become so overwhelmed that by the time I’d clean it, the potatoes had sprouted! The other day I had a bright idea (something that would no doubt occur to you without thinking) to put each type of product into a container. I used 3 baskets and a shoebox. The shoebox works great, so don’t go out and buy baskets! (you could even decorate it if you’re so crafty) The pasta is in the shoebox, the onions and garlic are in a basket, the bags of beans are in a basket, and the potatoes are in a basket. The baskets are sitting on my shelves, and I am so pleased with how neat it all looks!
* One of my favorite things is the wire over-the-pantry-door holder that we have. This holder has several shelves and hooks onto the door. It is fairly costly – around $30 at a home center if I remember right – but is so good to have. This holder holds my spices, cans, and odds & ends.
* My pantry items are separated by type on shelves:
Top Shelf: surplus and cereal (surplus being the extras we bought on sale or accidentally bought)
Baking Shelf: Everything needed for baking: flour, baking soda, sugar, baking powder, salt, cocoa, syrup, etc. And any packaged baking mixes like cake mix.
Snack Shelf: Within the children’s reach, but not the baby’s reach is a shelf of snacks like crackers, peanut butter, honey, cookies, etc. The kids are well-trained to ask first. They can have “water, vegetables or fruit without asking”. You can get them to quote that, they’ve heard it so many times!
Can and Box Shelf: Canned goods, boxed goods and pasta. The pastas are in a shoebox or baskets.
Produce Shelf: Three baskets, side-by-side, are on this shelf, one with potatoes, one with beans, and one with garlic and onions.
by Lori Seaborg