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I've only been keeping house for 51+ years and still haven't figured out how to organize a pantry. Last in, first out until eveything gets pushed to the back. Don't believe in cleaning out until we move and lo and behold the same thing happens at the next house. Constant battle so I choose to ignore it like I do the fridge...
No pictures, but I currrently have an 18" wide, 8' tall pantry with 7 sliding baskets. Lesser-used stuff goes in the very top basket, then baking goods in the next two. The bottom half has snack foods (microwave popcorn, chips, nuts, etc. at eye level for the kids), two shelves of canned goods, then cereals, crackers and chips on the very bottom. I have no idea why I arrrange it that way, I just do.
Canned goods are sorted by soups, chili, canned pastas, and "heat-and-eat" stuff on one shelf (I have kids, can you tell?) and the second shelf is devoted to canned vegetables, tomatoes, condensed cream-of soups (all ingredients related to actual meal prep.) That lets me keep pretty good tabs on what needs restocking before I hit the grocery store. (No need to come home with a half-dozen cans of chili beans if I already have 4 in the pantry.)
I'm hoping to get a new walk-in pantry at Christmas. If I do, it'll probably be a mixed blessing: it'll be great to have more storage space, but could be wasteful if stuff gets shuffled to the back until it's too old to safely use. (The good thing about a small pantry is that things rarely get too old!)
Thanks Terry, you sound pretty organized. Growing up, my dad built a pantry the size of a small closet, the shelves were on each side and the back wall and the middle was open, I hope you can get the visual, anyway, it was perfect, you could see everything in there and nothing got pushed to the back. I didn't have the room here when I remodeled and ended up with the 3 slide out drawers in my pantry.
Ok, here's my mess...
Place all your "green" thngs on one shelf and mark the edge of the shelf green, such as pickles, peas beans, etc.. Place all your canned meats on another; i.e., beef stew, tuna, salmon, Vienna sausage, tamalies, meatballs, etc., mark it as such. On another shelf place all orange things such as yams, carrots, peaches, etc. On another place all red things such as beets, catsup, tomatoes, tomatoe sauce, puree paste, cranberries, etc. For another shelf place all yellow things: corn, pineapple, hominy, and mustard. And, finally a white shelf: macroni, potatoes, onions, apple sauce, pears, potatoes, noodles. Of course this system depends upon the number of shelves in your pantry.
You guys are certainly organized...I like the idea of putting the greens, canned meats, etc. all together. CG, your pantry is very well organized and I love all the home canned things.
Thanks, this certainly gives me lots of ideas!
Love the lazy susan turntable in the corner of the cabinet! Don't you just hate those "black holes" of hard to reach areas that are created when the builder just sticks two modular cabinets together. What a waste of space. Turntable corners are the way to go.