If you’ve stopped by to see a professional organizer or a pantry organization that involves the Container Store then you took a wrong turn somewhere. But if you wanted to see how to complete a Frugal Pantry Organization project and still have some money in the bank then welcome to Frugalville and and a tour of our pantry .
We have 5 kiddos and we cook 3 meals a day and they eat innumerable snacks in our kitchen. Our kitchen is not there to look good it has to be functional and organized. What I found is that the kids would just put things back anywhere they felt like, without any consideration to where they got it from. I labeled the shelves with (masking tape of course) and they all suddenly became illiterate (yet still managed to polish off a 500 page book a day). Then I watched several organizing videos on You Tube and some of my favorites are Do it on a dime and Alejandra. But what I noticed about every single video I watched that these organized people had baskets, containers and jars containing some/all of their stuff. I’m telling you it was like the heavens opened and the angels started to sing. Then I remembered I am too cheap, I mean frugal, to buy all that mess. So after careful deliberation I came up with a multi- prong frugal solution.
The Solution to a Frugal Pantry Organization
- I would use what I had, which meant empty random thrift store buys, Ramen boxes & pickle jars. Some of the Ramen boxes I covered with contact paper after which they look like a cool little expensive boxes. In the pickle jars I keep sugar, beans, white beans etc…The Ramen boxes contain my canned foods, tomato products, pie filing, soups, salts, beans & random items.They aren’t meant to be moved just to provide a predetermined space for items.
- I would use what was free ,like repurposed animal cracker containers, from the church nursery. I keep my beans, rice, flour, cornmeal and self rising flour in these containers.
- I would check Goodwill for inexpensive solutions. I had 2 lazy Susans in my pantry that I had purchased from Goodwill. One is now used for spices and the other for oil vinegar, etc..
- I would spend up to $20 at my Container Store aka the Dollar Tree.
I did an individual pantry tours for all of my children that cook. Now that I have an organized and labeled pantry and the kids are much at putting things into baskets & boxes then they were onto labeled shelves.The best part is that I can easily find what I am looking for and that when things are out of place they look really out of place to me immediately. So it’s been a bit easier to keep tidy.
I hope this post truly encourages you that you can have an organized pantry on a shoestring budget.
What things have you done to complete or work on a frugal pantry organization in your home
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