Spend $60 (or Less!) and Turn a Cabinet into the Best Pantry Ever

Spend $60 (or Less!) and Turn a Cabinet into the Best Pantry Ever

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Caroline Biggs
Jan 9, 2018

Not working with a ton of pantry storage in your kitchen? No problem. Turns out there are tons of clever ways to create a super-organized pantry out of a cupboard; even if you're lacking in cabinet space. All you need is $60 and internet access — or a single trip to your local superstore. Whether you try just one of these foolproof suggestions or all five, you'll wind up with a significantly better pantry than you started with (which was nothing) and enough money left in your monthly budget to go grocery shopping afterwards.

1. Stash things in baskets.

Cost: $14
Buy: Two X-Small Water Hyacinth Bins, $7 each at The Container Store
Inspiration: Neat Method as seen on The Container Store blog

Is there anything a stylish storage basket can't do? Whether you opt for woven or wire, or modern or rustic, open baskets are an easy way to sort and access your big and small pantry items (think: nuts, chips, candy, and other snacks). Start with two for now.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

2. Create extra storage space with under-shelf baskets.

Cost: $14
Materials: Under-Shelf Baskets, $14 for two
Inspiration: Better Homes & Gardens

With the help of two under-shelf baskets, you can forge more than twice the amount of storage space — no contractor necessary.

(Image credit: Buzzfeed)

3. Store your produce in magazine files.

Cost: $7
Materials: DOKUMENT magazine files, $7 for two at IKEA
Inspiration: Buzzfeed

Who knew magazine holders could double as sleek storage containers for your fruits and veggies? Just set a couple of sturdy magazine files inside your cupboard or along your countertop and you can separate and stash your veggies with ease.

(Image credit: Amazon)

4. Organize your cans with stackable bins.

Cost: $15
Materials: 3-Tier Can Rack Organizer
Inspiration: Amazon

Looking for an effective way to organize all of your canned goods that won't take up an entire cabinet? All you need is a stacking rack to start organizing your cans.

(Image credit: The Home Edit)

5. Forge a pantry drawer for smaller items.

Cost: $10
Materials: Interlocking Bins, $10 for set of eight
Inspiration: The Home Edit

If your cabinets are already at capacity, fret not. The organizing gurus at The Home Edit are here to remind us that, with nothing more than some drawer organizers, you can forge your very own pantry drawer to stash spices, snacks, and other small items.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: How To Organize Your Pantry for $49 and One Trip to the Store

Do you use a cabinet as your pantry? How do you make the space work for you?

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