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Modern Ranch Reno: Pantry Organization Ideas (Pantry Makeover)

It’s finally time to reveal my pantry makeover and share our favorite Pantry organization ideas. It’s been a work in progress but I’m SO beyond thrilled that it’s done! Mallory came over and we worked together to create a completely pantry organization system.

Pantry Organization

I have a pretty good size pantry which is a huge change from our old house’s pantry which was basically a few shelves tucked into our laundry room. I’ve been dreaming of space for food for our family of 6 and have been brainstorming pantry organization ideas for seriously forever!

What is your biggest challenge when you are trying to organize a space?

When I am struggling with organizing a space I want the space to function for me and my family. Which means the way I organize may not be exactly what works best for your family. I have found that when everything is labeled it makes my life so much easier and it easy for my family to help me keep it organized. If I don’t label where everything goes then it may stay organized for a little bit but in the long run it won’t stay organized.

Long story short Label all the things

Now that I know what I need to do to get organized and stayed organized now it’s time to make it look pretty. When I started with organizing my pantry I knew that the space that I would walk into several times a day. Just like my laundry room, I wanted this space to be pretty and make me happy. In small spaces like my laundry room, Mallory’s laundry room, Mallory’s pantry, and my half bathroom we like to use a bold pattern and small color when we are designing a space. I decided early on that I wanted a fun and bold wallpaper in my pantry. I was on the search for a great wallpaper. You can find some of our favorite wallpapers HERE.

Before I go into designing the pantry this is what the pantry looked like when I moved in.

Before

Before picture of the pantry

Wallpaper

This wallpaper in my pantry makeover changed everything. It completely inspired my entire design for this space. I am so in love with it. When I was designing my pantry I was really inspired by Mallory’s old pantry that you cab see HERE. I love that she had super bright colors and that the back accent wall really made everything pop in the pantry. I was in search for the perfect wallpaper for this space. I have really love for the designer Caitlin Wilson. She is so inspiring and I love everything that she has every designed. I love that she loves color and she uses color in perfect ways. Her wallpapers are just all so amazing. I also love that her wallpaper is pre-pasted which makes install really easy. The wallpaper that was really catching my eye was the Summer Citrus Wallpaper. This wallpaper was the perfect pop of color that I was looking for. I also love that it was a citrus pattern and from the second I saw it I knew it was perfect. I order two double rolls and was really excited the day the wallpaper arrived. It was even better in real life. Although, I have wallpaper before with this project I decided to have someone come in and do the wallpaper. On install day I was beyond excited. The wallpaper is perfection and worth every penny!

Organized Pantry

Now its time to get organized

My biggest issues with my pantry is that I have a good size of pantry but none of it was working right for us and the space was not being use to it potential. Thats where the bins and jars come in.

Glass Jars

Pantry Organization jars

These glass bins that we are using can be found in many different stores and online. I used the 1 gallon jars for my flour, sugar, powder sugar, coaches oats and also pancake mix. I love putting these items in jars because it is easier for me to see how much of these products that I still have and I also use these products a lot.

pantry jars

I have been asked how do you know my food is going bad? I write on the back of my jars the expiration with a permanent marker. When the date changes then I use nail polish remover.

You can find the jars at:

Cereal/Pasta Bins

pantry bins

These cereal bins are our favorite bins for cereals and snacks. We love these bins because they fit a whole box of cereal. We also love these bins because they have a sealed lid.

You can find the bins at:

pantry storage drawers

I also used these bins for some brown sugar, powder sugar, chocolate chips and caramel chips.

 

Pantry tips

For the pasta bins I used the tall clear bins with the snap on lids from Ikea. All the different pastas have different cooking time so I used a black permanent marker to write the time on the back of the bin. This makes my life so much easier.

White plastic bins

Pantry Labels

We have used these bins in so many different projects. Mallory used the white bins in this pantry makeover. I love these bins because you can use in all different organizing projects. We found the white organizing bins from Ikea. We love these white organizing bins because they hold a lot of items and they look really clean and neat.

We used many different sizes of bins from the PLUGGIS line at Ikea. These ones are my favorite size.

Labels

pantry label bins with labels

For the labels on these bins and also the jars we used the Silhouette Cameo machine to make our own vinyl labels.

Lazy Susan

Lazy susans

I used lazy susan in my pantry because in the corners of my pantry I had wasted space. I also had different jars and dressing and sauces. By using the lazy susan I was able to maximize the space in my pantry. In this pantry I used four 12 inch white lazy susan. I have found several different lazy susan from many different places. For my pantry I used 12 inch lazy susan and I found them at Walmart.

pantry lazy susans

 

You can find a lazy susan at:

Wire Drawers/Cabinet Organizer

pantry makeover drawers

When we moved into our house the wire drawers were already in the pantry. I have liked these wire baskets for a long time. I did change out of the wire baskets with bins because I like the look of the white bins and I also was able to maximize the space in my pantry.

I found wire drawers at:

Medicine Organization

Medicine organization

For my medicine I like to break down what I use my medicine for. I have a first aid bin, allergy, cold, and so on. For these bins I wanted bins that had lids on them and I put them on a upper shelf. The bins I used for these are really cheap and they are a bin that could be used in my different organizing projects. We also used the bins HERE.

You can find buy these bins at:

Food Storage

I storage a lot of my food storage in my pantry. I store it all on the very bottom shelf.

Step Stool

I love having a step stool in my pantry. In my pantry some of the shelves are not big enough for the cereal bins. Because the shelves are not big enough I have to put those bins on the top shelf.

Grocery List

Before I started to organize my pantry and even before I bought even my bins I did a massive grocery order. I order all my groceries online from either Walmart groceries to go or Fry’s Click list. I love ordering my groceries because I don’t just buy what I see, I buy what I need. I actually even save money by do it.

What to do if you don’t have a pantry?

If you don’t have a pantry and you need somewhere to store you canned food? Check out this awesome Canned Food Storage Unit.

I love my pantry and love everything about it! My favorite part is for real the wallpaper. I love this space and it makes my heart so happy every single time I go into the space.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Joyce vail
    March 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Very nice!! It looks marvelous!😊

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    Coran
    March 24, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Favorite things: permanent marker tip for expiration date and cooking times. Also links to all the bins and containers. Thanks!

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    Darlene
    March 25, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Love this so much! I think I am going to tackle mine after Easter!! And by the way….I also LOVE the wallpaper!

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    Ellen from Ask Away Blog
    March 26, 2018 at 4:23 am

    This looks great but you know it’s funny because I thought that a busy wallpaper would make a pantry look cluttered but it actually looks amazing!

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    Andrea in MN
    April 5, 2018 at 10:25 am

    I always wonder, WHERE are the extras. You know, that little bit of flour that didn’t fit in when you bought a new bag, etc. AND if you are WAITING for it be be EMPTY to refill. Where is the stash of the new box, with cereal, etc. Or pasta……

    Online, everyone has these beautiful kitchen cabinet/pantry photos. The jars are never empty, and I never see where the “next in line” to go into the jar is? Or the odd size where you accidentally have some left over. Where is the box of Cheez Its in line to go into the jar?

    I enjoy your blog, but do remind myself that personally, for our family, the photos in the post are not conducive to our real life….

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      Mallory & Savannah
      April 17, 2018 at 11:09 am

      Hey Andrea!

      The next in line/refill stuff is in a bin under the bottom shelf as it’s too heavy to store on a shelf. Actually I have two huge bins… This is 100% real life in our home. I don’t have back up boxes of Cheez-its or those types of snacks. When the jars of snacks start looking low, I make my grocery list to go grocery shopping. In the clear containers, I can actually see when a box of cereal is almost out instead of reaching for an empty box my kids didn’t throw away. This is so much more functional for my family. You have to create systems that work for your family and this works so well for us and I’m so glad I took the time to set up a system. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Heather MacKay
    April 12, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Do you have air tight seals in your glass jars? I am hoping the answer is no and that everything stays nice and fresh anyways… 🤷🏻‍♀️

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      Mallory & Savannah
      April 17, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Hey Heather! They’re not airtight. They stay fresh since we live in a very dry climate. If you live somewhere with high humidity it could potentially be a problem. We also rotate through the contents pretty quickly! 🙂

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    Rasha
    April 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Loving your pantry way too much. Thx for all the links… such an inspiration.

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    Michelle
    May 1, 2018 at 8:05 am

    What font did you use on your labels? Thank you!

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    Maureen
    May 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I love this pantry! How did you create those fabulous labels?

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    Cori
    June 11, 2018 at 9:39 am

    When they installed the wallpaper, did they take the shelving off or apply around it? My soon-to-be pantry is almost identical and I’m just curious what the easiest way will be!

    Thank you!

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    Amy
    June 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Love it! Working on planning out a new pantry and wondering the depth of your shelves that the heights between they shelves?

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    Lynette
    August 5, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Gorgeous!! I use a piece of clear packing tape on the back of my containers & a dry erase marker to indicate cooking instructions / expiration dates. If/when the info changes I can easily take off the tape and start over.

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    Anne D Hendrix
    August 8, 2018 at 9:19 am

    What is the font you use?

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    Tyshelle
    August 26, 2018 at 11:38 am

    This is the most stunning pantry I’ve ever seen. You mentioned you had someone else come in and do the wall paper for you- did they have to take the shelves off completely and then put them back up? Wondering how doable this would be.

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    Robin
    November 20, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Another tip that I have heard of to remove permanent marker is to write over the permanent marker using a dry erase marker. Should come right off.

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