DIY Pantry Organization

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We were very lucky to have an awkward space that I turned into a pantry. It's amazing how quickly it gets disorganized though! Customize your storage for the best results!

Organization, amiright?! It's a constant need, a constant effort, and a sore spot tends to pop up out of nowhere! Or in my case, it lingers far too long.

Our pantry had this disaster zone of bags, recycling, dog food, dog collars, and goodness knows what else was lurking in there. So embarrassing!

After taking a few measurements I came up with a plan. See, when you customize your storage and organization, you're far more likely to keep it organized, clean, and tidy. Plus you'll be so proud of it!

(Looking for more organizing tips? Check out these posts!)

I ran out to the store and picked up two 8 foot and two 4 foot long shelving pieces to match the existing.

For this particular project, I used a screw gun, a corner clamp (not required), some wood glue, screws, and a flip drive countersink drill bit among a few other tools. Come check out the blog post for details on that drill bit as well as more organizing tips!

In my particular instance (yours will likely vary), I built a 6 foot tall by 2 foot wide simple box. Drill out the holes in the sides for the horizontal pieces, glue the edges of the shelves, then screw everything together. Don't forget to subtract for the thickness of the vertical pieces (1 1/2" here total) so your finished width is correct.

Next I laid out the paper bags and one of the fabric bins I was planning on putting in here. Measuring the bags, I placed the first shelf then divided the remaining space between two more shelves.

While my math was off, as usual, I made my first ever French cleat and I was super excited about it!

A French cleat is a great way to hang floating items on a wall. Cut a 45° angle through a piece of wood....

...and I used a laser level to locate the bottom half of the cleat. (A regular level works just as well.) If you're aligning it with something specific like I was, be sure to subtract all the appropriate numbers to get things to line up.

And! Be sure to attach it to the wall the right way. This was the wrong direction. Doh. Flip it so the angle is facing the other way. Attach the other half to the top of your piece right on the edge.

Lastly before hanging this on the wall, I drilled out holes in the sides in the brown paper bag section.

Hoist the beast onto the wall, setting the cleat parts together and voila! A floating storage shelf unit!

Lastly, I strung paracord through all those holes to hold the brown paper bags in.

Oh and come search my blog, Flipping the Flip, for directions on how to make that oversized pegboard wine rack in the background there!

And voila! A few bins with lids from Ikea to hold recycling, plastic bags, and dog food and this is waaaaayyyy better than it was before!

For less than $90 (which includes the material costs, the fabric bins, and the Ikea bins), I am a happily organized woman!

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2 questions
  • Stu
    on Jan 18, 2021

    Not really a question, I like your idea of using a French cleat for holding the shelves on the wall, I'll have to try this next time.

  • Pampam
    on Jan 19, 2021

    Where did you put your brooms and mop?

    • Wanda Rodgers
      Wanda Rodgers
      on Jan 25, 2021

      What is on the wall behind the door? I would consider putting the brooms and mop there. They are out I’d sir and away from anything that would be good related. I see plastic cups and maybe some plates or something that really shouldn’t be close to the broom and mops. Just a suggestion.

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  • Diana Hatcher Reynolds
    Diana Hatcher Reynolds
    on Jan 18, 2021

    You've done a fantastic job! This is definitely a good use of space as well as being very attractive. I agree with the other commenters about the paracord and French cleat ideas. Very smart!

  • Vickie Sills Mulder
    Vickie Sills Mulder
    on Jan 25, 2021

    I want everyone to know how much I love them, I’m so happy to know my sister has found love and happiness. Joann you are so deserving of this. And wishes come true

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