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When A Cabinet is Your Pantry

What is a pantry?

According to Merriam Webster, a pantry is a seemingly innocent noun. Its’ definition is: “a room or closet used for storage (as of provisions) or from which food is brought to the table”. So what if you don’t have a pantry? What if your kitchen is too small for such a luxury?

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I have a bad case “pantry envy”.  It’s a real thing. If I visit you and you have a dedicated pantry no doubt you’ll catch me opening it up to check it out. In fact, I won’t try to hide the fact that I’m doing it. This isn’t so I can judge you on how you keep organized, but rather so I can openly gawk at your space. Ultimately, standing in awe of space that I’ve only ever dreamed of.

So what do you do when you don’t have a pantry? You make the best of it. And once you’re finished you take a photo because without a doubt your husband will get it back to where it once was in no time flat and you’ll need to do it again. Just saying.

How To Organize a “Cabinet Sized Pantry”

I have one small cabinet that I use as our main pantry for food. So I need to be extremely dedicated to keeping it neat and organized if I want to find anything at all. Therefore, letting it go and assuming that my husband would stay on board with my organization was a mistake. Recently I needed to take another shot at organizing this space, and I think I’ve got it!

  • Use Dollar Store bins. They keep items such as dressing mixes, gravies, and soup packets in order very easily.
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Dollar Store canisters!
  • Keep items you use the most at the bottom where they can be reached more easily.
  • Find a Lazy Susan that works with your cabinet. My shelves are fixed, so it makes organizing them even more of a challenge.
  • Use a canned food organizer to optimize your space.
  • Dedicate an area to baking supplies.
  • Store items such as coffee, cereals, etc in a dedicated spot. You’ll lose other storage space, but ultimately wouldn’t you need to store these items anyway? Here’s mine:

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  • Dedicate shelves to certain items. For example, I keep snacks on the top shelf, sides on the bottom, and canned goods in the middle.
  • Use pantry bins to organized starches such as pasta, rice, and other grains.

Finally, do a big clean out and donate what you don’t need to the local food pantry and throw out any items that have expired.

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My finished “pantry” cabinet is above.  It has stayed that way for quite some time now.  I think my husband enjoys being able to find things when he needs them!

Read more about how I organize my small kitchen here!

xoxo –


When A Cabinet is Your Pantry

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