Pantry Organization: Food Storage Ideas

by Erin
2 Hours
My mission is to make over rooms in one month's time, with a budget of $100 or less. (You can learn more about the $100 Room Challenge, and see all the $100 Room Reveals I've completed, HERE).

While I love an organized pantry, sometimes the cost can be overwhelming! The typical food storage container costs between $10-20, so I had to figure out some MUCH cheaper alternatives. Here's what I did.

UPDATE: These budget-friendly pantry ideas made their way to the Rachael Ray show, pop on over to my blog (link at the bottom of this post) to see the segment!
Dollar store to the rescue! I found these orange plastic bins for, yes, one whole dollar each, but I wasn't necessarily going for orange in my pantry. Nothing a little spray paint and chalkboard tags can't take care of! (I did paint on a coat of Mod Podge, after the spray paint had dried, to prevent chipping.)
I had my bags of chips and pretzels stored in old boxes, which served its purpose, but didn't look super great. Amazon had this HUGE roll of paper that looks like weather wood, so I wrapped the boxes to create a completely different look (A shout-out to Lauren from Bless'er House for the inspiration!)

You can see the end result to this, and my segment with Rachael Ray HERE. I ended up spending a total of $35 on all my food storage. This is not the only time I have used dollar store bins though- You can check out what I did in my coat closet using the link below!
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Mel Mel on Jan 07, 2016
    Any ideas keeping glass jars safe?

  • Heidi Geyer Heidi Geyer on Aug 19, 2016
    Is there a final pic? I cant see it

  • Kathryn Sanderson Kathryn Sanderson on Apr 08, 2017
    Hi, this post was featured in my e-mail, so I checked it out. Beautiful job, and very clever! I checked out you blog, too. Great storage ideas for pasta! Anyway, it's been about 1.5 years since you painted the bins. How is the paint job holding up? Thanks!

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  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Jan 12, 2017
    $ Tree is the best! Let's hope they never find out the stuff they sell for a $!

  • Joanie Joanie on Apr 08, 2017
    Those buckets sold me, they actually look like metal!! Thank you and enjoy your organized pantry and mud room center.