I have a small house and a small kitchen. It's not an apartment size kitchen, but it's not what I'd call ideal. I make it work for me by using the space that was intended as an eat-in kitchen, but I digress. The pantry size is a problem if you shop and cook like I do. I cook from scratch, I can, and I stockpile using coupons and sales ad match ups. This means I mostly use the kitchen pantry for storing small containers of scratch ingredients. (I use a space in my utility room for stockpiling groceries and a space in my garage for storing canned foods and my upright freezer.)
I have seen some pretty adorable ways to organize a small pantry- matching white wicker baskets and antique glass jars with stenciled labels. Yeah. I didn't do all that. I gathered up what storage bins I had sitting in my garage and, if I had to purchase a storage container, it was a super cheap and not anything matchy-matchy with a linen liner and a hand stitched label. You won't repin my pantry, but you should. It's smart, functional, and it didn't cost a fortune to do. You know, frugal and fabulous.
When I say small, I mean small. This door is narrow. It's not a walk in pantry. It's as big as the linen closet which sits directly behind it, bless its heart.
And this is the pantry. Told ya. I pack that sucker full though by making the most of the space I have the shelving system installed by the folks who built the house.
The door holds almost all of my spices.
I use three IKEA baskets attached with ribbon to hold tea bags, small spice packs, and cereal packets when we have them. I also tie baked items like crackers and rolls to the the spice rack.
Each of the shelves holds what I need to scratch cook during the week. I can pull from here and replenish as needed from larger bins in my stockpile. The garage and utility room are about 18 feet from the kitchen, so it's not too far away to be inconvenient. Everything is clearly labeled. If I need to change something up, I can easily replace the labels.
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