Show me your pantry!

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

I would like to see how you all organize your pantry. I have a pantry with 3 slide out drawers and it's so unorganized...show me how to make it more organized!
Thanks!

Auckland, New Zealand

wouldnt mind knowing that myself

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Me neither! Guess no one wants to share their pantry pictures!

Katy, TX(Zone 8b)

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.....

Ann

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Great tactic Ann! Sounds like me!
There has to be an organized person with a pantry like mine that would let me see it!

Missouri City, TX

Have a friend and former associate who used a Bates Date stamp - every week, all items past his "use by" date were tossed or donated. Every new item brought into the house got stamped.

Too much for me - if the cans aren't bulging - open and check - pitch or use.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

To much for me too! Sounds good though!

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

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!)

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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...

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

...and here's a closer shot...

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Looking at those photos, I've come to the conclusion that I just have too much crammed in there!

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Here's the back wall of my pantry, just 2 jars or 3 store-bought cans deep.

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So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Here's the interior wall before I stocked it. It all has louvered doors, and the shinny middle section is for spices.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Now that's an organized pantry! Thanks Darius for sharing. You're right, anything deeper than 2 or 3 jars or cans is too deep.

Phoenix, MD(Zone 7a)

That is why you have doors on yours weegy

CLOSE THEM!

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Oh, don't you worry, mags, they're closed at all times!!!!!!! I guess so the cat doesn't get in! ROFLMBO

Phoenix, MD(Zone 7a)

LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frankfort, KY

I stock my pantry the old "Heloise" way:

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.

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

We might be organized.
Home canned goods, a little space between 2 doors.

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

Lazy Susan, we built it so better than store bought. Containers are labeled so you can see what's inside without removing each one.

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

First of 2 pull out storage. They pull out all the way!

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Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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!

San Francisco Bay Ar, CA(Zone 9b)

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.

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