I did an entire post on Step By Step Pantry Organization, so for this post, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite Amazon must haves from my pantry makeover. If you follow my Amazon monthly finds, you know that I am all about my Amazon finds. Some of the items in my pantry are from IKEA such as the large glass jars, a few of the medium-sized jars, and the white recycling bins underneath the shelves. Everything else was an Amazon find.
This post features the best Amazon must haves that I used for my before and after pantry organization.
As always, I like to mention in my organization post that the photos in these posts are always taken directly after a fresh organization session. To maintain any kind of organization, you need to keep up with a weekly or monthly tidying schedule, because kitchens and homes are meant to be lived in! I only organize mine once every few months, because, with all of the organization that I initially did, the pantry stays pretty well organized, but I still have to do some tidying up after my family every now and then. It also depends on the size of your family and how many hands you have going in and out of the pantry grabbing and replacing items. If your family is anything like mine, I am the only one that really keeps up with where the items go and I'm okay with that! I enjoy putting items back into their place when it's time to do a little pantry tidying.
What is the best way to organize a pantry?
You can follow the five rules of pantry organization mentioned below for a quick breakdown of the best practices for organizing your pantry or you can read this post for a full breakdown of each of the five categories with in-depth how-to's for each.
What is the rule of the pantry?
- Categorize, meaning store “like with like" items on each shelf.
- Store frequently used items closer to the bottom, working your way up the shelves with less frequently used items.
- Store heavy items lower to avoid dropping things on your head, toes, etc, and store lighter items higher. For example, I have a large jug of vinegar that I keep on the bottom of the pantry directly on the floor.
- Avoid heat in storing food. You want your pantry to be at a neutral temperature, not directly in sunlight.
- Buy aesthetic containers and labels to create not only a beautiful pantry but one that is easy to use and keep track of the food that you have on hand to avoid things going bad from a lack of use in an overstocked and overwhelming pantry.
The Best Pantry Organizers On Amazon
If you don't have a Cricut or something to create your own modern labels, you can save yourself a lot of time and money by buying modern labels like these to put on your new glass jars. It's important to label everything since you are decanting and no longer using the plastic bags and boxes that everything came in. For example, I keep two kinds of rice, so it's essential that I label the different kinds as they go with different meals!
One thing on my list to add is these modern spice jars. I could seriously use a way to organize my spice jars and keep them organized. We currently have them in the original containers and it's a mess with absolutely no organization. I have these jars on my list to help with my pantry organization when it comes to our spices!
These glass jars are both functional and beautiful. I love using them and they are easy to refill. We keep everything from tea bags to rice and dog treats in these jars. These are definitely an Amazon must have and one of my most used items!
These wooden hooks are both useful and stylish. I use them to hang my apron and tote bags on. I would say I use them every day because I am constantly wearing my apron to cook or wash dishes. They give my hanging items a place of their own while being out of the way to the left and right sides of the pantry shelves.
Just to be clear, this isn't a "label maker" it's just the tool that I used to create my vinyl labels for my pantry organization which is one of the top questions that I get asked about how to organize your pantry using labels. I used this Cricut Explore Air to print the labels onto a sheet of vinyl and then transferred them to the jars. You can read more about my process in the original pantry post.
I no longer keep this in our pantry, but it solved a problem we were having, so I wanted to share this as one of my Amazon must haves! We never have enough room for bread or it gets crushed in the baskets with the chip bags, so I bought this box to keep our bread stored in a modern box. The dogs used to find any bread that we have and they don't know it's even in there! It solved two problems in one item. The one that I have is no longer available, so I have linked a similar one!
These are some of my top requested items in my pantry post. These baskets hold vegetables and come in a two-pack so that you can store your onions and potatoes separately, as you should. These really changed my kitchen organization and helped give these items their own place in my pantry without being in the way! We have a small pantry, so we need all of the help we can get. The way that these hang under the shelves leaves room on both the top of the shelves and under the baskets for storage bins.
I bought these to hold baking powder and items that we buy less of, but need to be stored for things like baking cookies. They are small and great for things that you might have a small amount of. It holds the entire container of baking powder for me, so I just dump it right into the glass jar. They have also proven handy with their size fitting directly on top of the large glass jars that we purchased, which helps us use all of the space that we can in our small pantry.
These are great Amazon pantry door organizers. They stick to the inside of the pantry door to hold aluminum foil or bag clips. These are not great for heavy items such as bottles! I have tried! If you plan to use them for heavier items I recommend buying a clear bin with holes that are designed to be drilled into the door. We have several of these.
Large baskets are a must for chip bags, snacks, and random items that you grab every day. I have a large basket on the bottom shelf of our pantry and a smaller one to hold baked goods on the baking essentials shelf.
These are great for extra items and gathering random items together on one shelf. You can find these at IKEA, but the price comes out the same and I don't have an IKEA location near me. This basket set is definitely one of my Amazon must haves if you are trying to find modern ways to organize your pantry!