6 Brilliant Ways to Organize All Your Canned Goods

updated Nov 4, 2020
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Holly's canned food cabinet

When my oldest daughter discovered canned chicken soup, it quickly became her all-time favorite meal. Luckily, it’s the easiest thing to make. I mean, sometimes I toss in extra frozen veggies, but other than that it’s open the can, add water, and turn on the stove.

As I’ve learned, canned goods can be a dinnertime lifesaver — the random ingredient that beefs up an everyday recipe, or the just-in-case soup that you can break out when you haven’t been to the grocery store in too long. Ditto for canned veggies and beans. And with the coronavirus surging again throughout the United States, it makes sense to (responsibly) stock up our pantries when we can. (Please do not buy more than your family will need!) How to store all those cans? Maybe with a canned food organizer? Or a smart DIY option?

Here are TK brilliant ways to organize all those canned goods.

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1. SimpleHouseware Stackable Can Rack Organizer

The bestselling can organizer on all of Amazon, this guy has almost 12,000 five-star reviews. It can hold up to 36 cans and comes with six adjustable plastic dividers to accommodate different cans (or jars) of various sizes. Happy shoppers rave that it’s super sturdy, which is probably the most important thing here.

Buy: SimpleHouseware Stackable Can Rack Organizer, $22.87

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2. Shelf Reliance Large Food Organizer

This heavy hitter is for those of you with big pantries or even garage storage. It’s designed to hold anything from small cans of tuna all the way up to 30-ounce cans. It holds up to 60 cans and dispenses cans so that you can grab the older cans first and keep things rotating. Looking for something that’s not as long? This one is more compact and still holds up to 54 cans!

Buy: Shelf Reliance Large Food Organizer, $49.99

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3. mDesign Large Standing Kitchen Can Dispenser

I’ve seen magazine holders used the same way as these clear organizers, but the problem there is that some cans can be too big for that so-called-hack. These organizers were made for cans, so they’re clearly going to work.

Buy: mDesign Large Standing Kitchen Can Dispenser, $29.99 for two

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4. YouCopia 3 Shelf Can ShelfSteps Organizer

If you only keep a few cans on hand at a time (or just want to stash a few of your go-tos in a nearby cabinet), this tiered organizer can help. The tiers can actually be pushed in or pulled out, depending on how deep you need them to be and allow you to see everything you’ve got. No more forgetting about cans of green beans!

Buy: YouCopia 3 Shelf Can ShelfSteps Organizer, $21.99

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5. Smart Design Over The Door Pantry Organizer Rack

Turn a pantry (or closet!) door into extra storage! You’ll just need this organizer, which securely hangs over a door (or you can choose to mount it with the included hardware). It comes with six baskets that can hold cans, jars, bottles, and more.

Buy: Smart Design Over The Door Pantry Organizer Rack, $39.97

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Cans are heavy to carry around. A cart on wheels? That’s much easier. Wheel this out to wherever you unpack your groceries and then tuck it away into a pantry or closet.

Buy: IKEA RÅSKOG Cart, $29.99 at IKEA

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How do you organize your canned goods?