Guest Post ★ Organising a Deep Pantry on a Budget

August 29, 2012 by flyingdrunkenmonkey

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The lovely Becci from Becci’s Domestic Bliss blog is helping me out this week as I haven’t been feeling too well. Becci is sharing a post about organising her deep pantry on a budget, while renting her home.
Cassie xx


Organising a Pantry



We have a very deep pantry in our house. While it stored heaps it can be rather difficult to make everything accessable. We are renting too so any changes we wanted to make couldn’t be permanent plus I wanted to make sure anything I bought could be easily adapted to use elsewhere whenever we moved from here.

I found the best thing to use was plastic baskets. I’m sure I could have bought some very pretty material lined baskets but they would have added to the cost and while they are very pretty they aren’t very practical. Could you imagine soy sauce or something spilling all over those pretty covers???

So here is my pantry and how I have it sorted out.

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I’ll take you shelf by shelf and starting at the top.


At the back is a bag full of plastic folks and spoons, next to that (you can’t see it in the photo) is a container with plastic plates and bowls and paper napkins ready for birthday parties.
In front are the takeaway containers in which I freeze individual meals up in for Brian to take to work.

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The blue tubs (there is one behind too) store my bulk purchases of herbs and spices. I house my salt container here too, used mostly for making playdough.

Becci Sundberg - Becci's Domestic Bliss blog - Organising Pantry - The Flying Drunken Monkey
The grey tubs (again there is one behind) house baking supplies. The ones I use most like dried fruit, choc chips etc are in the front. The one at the back houses dried pulses etc. In the middle section of the shelf is my desserts station, I need a basket for this area though. Please ignore the peeling wallpaper the previous owners used as lining, it’s awful!

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More of my dessert station. At the back are my spare flours and in front are our beverages ~ spare tea bags, milo, hot chocolates etc.

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This shelf holds most of my cooking supplies. On this side the herbs and spices I use most, along with stock powder and gravy. Right at the very back are my sunflower, pepita etc seeds. In front of that is cornflour, custard powder, cocoa etc.

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This side is flours, sugars, coconut etc all housed in my Tupperware Modular Mates.

Becci Sundberg - Becci's Domestic Bliss blog - Organising Pantry - The Flying Drunken Monkey
At the back of this shelf is a plastic tub containing pasta. We keep a square container for our sandwich wraps on top of this as it’s about the only place it fits.
I have a container that houses packet mixes. I don’t buy many. It’s mostly packets of french onion and chicken noodle soup in there. But I do have a couple of packets of Ikea meatball gravy and some yoghurt mixes too. In front are mostly condiments, sauces and spreads.

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This side is for cans. All the canned fruit together, canned pulses together, cans of baked beans and spaghetti together, and mini cans of flavoured tuna for lunches together too.

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The old wooden bread bin at the back stores all my cake decorating supplies; food colourings, piping bags, patty cases, sprinkles etc.
In front of that is a glass container that normally stores medium grain rice but we are out.
Then there is the large bottle of tomato sauce and some cordial (we don’t drink cordial much but always keep some on hand).

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Next to the cordial is a box where we stock things for quick snacks like 2 min noodles, pasta and sauce, packets of oats and cup-a-soups. Essential box for teenagers!

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Next is the dry snack box. Here I keep crackers and my own dry snack mix. I also keep mini cans of baked beans and spaghetti here for toddler lunches and snacks. This basket is for the littlies.

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Snack box, eggs and some cartons of long life milk. Right at the back are the flavoured vinegars.

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The botton shelf! Right at the back is the bread maker,some juice and spare cereal. In front the vegie bin.

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At the back is the deep fryer which I raelly should get rid of as we just don’t use it! Cereals in front.

So that’s it! As you can see I stick to the rule of thumb of keeping like with like. I have the items I use mostly in the middle shelves so they are easily accessable too.

Becci Sundberg - Becci's Domestic Bliss blog - Organising Pantry - The Flying Drunken MonkeyBecci Sundberg is author of Becci’s Domestic Bliss blog and Facebook page. Becci loves to cook, craft and spend time with her family including her boys aged 19, 16, 4 and nearly 3. Becci’s Domestic Bliss is all about finding that balance between living a frugal and down to earth lifestyle while living in a modern fast paced world.

Thanks Becci! Now, how to do you organise your pantry? Do you have any tips to add?


Originally posted on Becci’s Domestic Bliss

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1 Comment »

  1. Lollerskater says:

    There are some great ideas here that I might need to implement. My pantry is an absolute shamozzle and I really struggle to find things. To top it off an entire shelf is taken up as our “medicine shelf” so 1) we lose a lot of space, and 2) it’s a low down shelf which is not ideal with a toddler on the loose. My priority is to get a lockable medicine cabinet or box that I can shift all those things to, which will free up so much space in my pantry so I can reorganise it!

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