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How to Organize a Pantry with Deep Shelves

Learning how to organize a pantry with deep shelves? We've got you covered.

By: Amy Jackson, Editor, DIYIdeaCenter.com
Updated August 07, 2018
How to Organize a Pantry with Deep Shelves

One of the biggest pains in kitchen organization is figuring out how to organize your pantry. This can become especially irritating when you're organizing a pantry with deep shelves. You don't want to push everything back and hide your pantry items, but you want to maximize your space. What's the solution?

Luckily, there are a few handy DIY tips and tricks to keep in mind for how to organize a pantry with deep shelves. Don't throw up your hands in frustration quite yet. These deep pantry solutions are serious lifesavers. Never let organizing a pantry with deep shelves get the best of you again.
 

How to Organize a Pantry with Deep Shelves

The main issues that most people have with deep shelves are 1) clutter and 2) functionality. Really, these two problems go hand-in-hand, and when one gets out of control, the other is usually sure to follow! Deep shelves let clutter sneak up on you as things get pushed further and further back. Then, the messiness makes the pantry less functional. No one likes pulling out twenty items to find that one container!

So, the solution is to organize and declutter. We highly suggest the "basket method."

How to Organize a Pantry with Deep Shelves

Step One
The first thing you need to do is visit your local dollar store and buy plenty of bins in different shapes and sizes according to your needs.

Step Two
Go to your pantry and take everything out -- we mean everything! Throw out unwanted items as you go along. This will weed out your clutter far more easily than you would imagine. While the pantry is empty, this might be a good time to wipe down the shelves with a dishrag.

Step Three
Start grouping "like" items. For example, the cereals might all go into one pile, and all of the condiments go into another. Place these groups of items into your plastic bins.

Step Four
Place the bins back into the deep shelves, probably in two rows per shelf. Put your less-used items in the back and your most-needed items in the front. If you only bake once a month, for example, the baking items would go in the back row.

Step Five: Profit!
With this system, you always know exactly where every one of your items is. When you add new grocery items to the pantry, it doesn't get cluttered, because each type of item has a spot. Best of all, if you want something in the way back of the pantry, you only have to take out two items: the bin you need, and the bin that was in front of that bin. Far easier than pulling out dozens of bottles and boxes!

Other Simple Pantry Organization Hacks

Still have a clutter problem on your hands? Use one (or more) of these simple organization tricks to make your pantry organization that much better.

  1. Install pull-out drawers (especially for spices!)
  2. Hang a shower organizer (or equivalent) from the inside of the door.
  3. Use a hanging shoe organizer.
  4. Hang pots and pans from a pegboard instead of stacking them.
  5. Label everything! (It helps!)

Do you have any kitchen organization hacks? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Keeping a pantry organized is a nightmare. Great tips!

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