Simple Pantry Makeover

11 Materials
4 Hours

I have always admired photos of perfect pantries, where everything is in a basket, and is labeled. Where there are clear containers for baking ingredients and everything is easy to find. I am an uber organized individual, so anything that’s organized and looks aesthetically pleasing is right up my alley.

I recently had the opportunity to make over our pantry, and I can’t even tell you how much I love it!

All items were purchased from The Container Store. I used the exact names of each item so they ca be easily searched on their website.


I knew I wanted to do baskets for most of the items, so I started out by writing down which items I would put in a basket, and the size of the basket needed. From there I had an estimate of how many baskets I would need. 

  • Pasta - Large
  • Ethnic - Large
  • Soup - Large 
  • Snacks - Medium
  • Popcorn - Small
  • Jerky & Nuts - Medium 
  • CLIF Bars - Small
  • Fig Bars - Small
  • Health - Large
  • Oil & Vinegar - Large
  • Baking and Spices - Large

Baking Goods, Rice & Nuts:

Omnia Food Storage Box Set of 3.

These aren’t overly large containers, but I don’t keep a large stock of baking goods on hand anyway. They are perfect for flour, sugar and nuts.


InterDesign Linus Open Cabinet Organizer for lids in various sizes. One thing that frustrated me the most about the pantry was the Tupperware lids. I tried to think of different ways to have them accessible, but still nicely organized and where they weren’t just stacked and loose. I got these in three different sizes for our large, medium and small lids and they work perfectly.

Potatoes & Onions:

I had bought this basket years ago from either Target or Michael’s, but I linked a similar one from  The Container Store here. Taupe Stacking Wire Bin Large.


For most of the items, I chose the Omaha Steel Mesh Stackable Bins in sizes small, medium and large. 

Categories for these were: Pasta, Soup, Snacks, Popcorn, Jerky & Nuts, CLIF Bars, Fig Bars, Health, Oil & Vinegar, Baking and Spices (extra spices and bread crumbs).

Paper Towels:

I had a large basket just sitting around the house, so I decided to use that for paper towels. I believe I bought it at Target years ago. Linked here and here, are two similar ones.

Dog Food:

Iris Gravity Can Feeder.

Ziploc Storage:

Interdesign Affix Adhesive Organizer Bin 11" x 3-3/4" x 6-1/2" h

Labels for Clear Airtight Containers:

Clear Bins – Scalloped Chalkboard Adhesive Labels

Clip Labels for Baskets:

Black Bin Clip Labels, set of 3.

These come with white inserts to write on, or you can use a chalk pen/crayon like I did.



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  • Ann Ann on Feb 14, 2019

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  • Lisa Sinclair Lisa Sinclair on Feb 15, 2019

    It looks so much cleaner, and I'm sure it's easier to keep track of things, now. This has nothing to do with the organization, but do you k ow you shouldn't store potatoes and onions together? They will rot faster, if stored together.

  • Christine Davis Christine Davis on Mar 10, 2019

    I see there are a lot of ideas for the pantries, but how to reorganize and use space efficiently for the pot and pans cabinets.


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  • Carol Carol on Mar 20, 2019

    Very neat loooking ! I’ve been wanting to do this and now seeing yours has me ready to move forward.

  • Christy Christy on Apr 05, 2019

    You had me on your before picture! My pantry really needs help. Thank you for sharing your great ideas.