Frugal Pantry Organization

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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 .

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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

  1.  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.

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    contact paper covered Ramen box
  2. 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.
  3. 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..
  4. I would spend up to $20 at my Container Store aka the Dollar Tree.
The Results of our Frugal Pantry Organizationpantry

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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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

32 thoughts on “Frugal Pantry Organization

  1. I love this. I covet your pantry. I have 3 cabinets in my kitchen and only 4 feet of counter space. I have organized a lot of my things in baskets from the Dollar Tree!

  2. Repurposed Ramen boxes and pickle jars–Ha! We do that too! Ramen boxes organize things all over our house. Only I haven’t taken the time to cover them with pretty paper; they would probably look much nicer and hold up longer, but that requires time that I don’t want to put into it, lol! Besides, a lot of them are used inside of drawers and closets for coralling things like little socks and undies for the littles, etc.
    Love your post!
    Jessica

    1. It actually didn’t take much time I used contact paper someone gave me and just cut it at the corners so it would fold in. I ONLY cover Ramen boxes that could be seen in the pantry which was about 3. I would not cover anything in a drawer either! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one reusuing our food containers.

  3. I like your organizing solutions. We love the Dollar Tree over here for stuff like this. I recently organized the children’s bathroom stuff. I will try and blog about soon.

  4. I love having an organized pantry…………and it looks and works great!….until the kids unload groceries into it or I find an extra good sale on something that doesn’t fit into the space alloted or……………you get the idea. I find that this is something I have to “re-do” every so often…….but I do love an organized pantry. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this.
    Gentle Joy

  5. Thank you! It’s really encouraging to hear your comments because when you decide to tell the world you not only eat Ramen but you use the boxes to organize your home. Well, that can be a little scary and might seem crazy to folks. But y’all are giving me the strength to keep on keeping on. 😀

    1. Oh my goodness!!! LOVE the ramen box idea! I just “thought” I was frugal because I use repurposed Mason and Kerr Jars for EVERYTHING!! Your pantry is awesome!

  6. Great job! You could tell people you are being “green”–it’s more trendy than being cheap 🙂 and it’s true that you are helping the environment by reusing instead of buying new. Here are lots of ways to reuse things, for storage and more.

    When I was just starting my adult life and did not own bookshelves or a file cabinet, I made my own from the very sturdy cardboard crates with a central divider that were being discarded at my job–they had held 30 pounds of frozen French fries, so I knew they were strong enough. I cut off the top flaps and covered the outsides with Contact paper. They lasted years, during which I moved several times and was able to just pick up my “shelves” with books in them, instead of packing them into boxes for moving.

  7. Thank you for sharing this! I often get caught up in the trap of thinking I can’t organize a space because I don’t have lots of money to spend on beautiful containers.

    This post inspired me to take a better look at what we have around the house. I’m sure my kids would love to color some paper covered boxes for me to give it a little flair. Thanks, this was just what I needed!

  8. I do use frugal stuff, but I haven’t organized my pantry in a while!! Definitely a project on my to-do list! Maybe this post will get me going!!

  9. Your post caught my eye at a link party and I had to come over and check it out! I’m on the warpath to being more frugal and this post was perfect! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  10. I recently organized my pantry by using free boxes available at a discount store in town. Working towards organizing my whole house better by using every available basket, box, shelf I can come up with. We are also trying to organize a household with 7 people!

    1. It can be challenging to organize a home with a lot of people on budget. We also used a lot of Ramen boxes to get ours organized…free is always in the budget.

  11. Niiice! The organization process could be tiring especially when there are a lot of things to organize but the end result is sort of rewarding. 😀
    Just look at this. Amazing.

  12. How do you store your pasta, esp long pasta like spaghetti? We are currently having some unwanted furry guests taking up residence since the weather started getting cooler. They will be taken care of soon, but I’d like to find a way to save my stuff from them in case this ever happens again.

    BTW my hubby and one of my kids LOVE Ramen. Unfortunately our guests got to them too. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    1. I would consider large empty pickle jars, I also got those Sam’s Club sized Animal Cracker containers from our church. You could purchase some plastic “shoe box” containers with lids. Let me know if any of that helps. Sorry about the invasion I hope you are able to trap them and get them out!!

  13. You are a woman after my own heart. This is exactly the kind of organization I am talking about! I asked my friends with babies for diaper boxes to cover with fabric and baby food jars. Aldi is heaven for storage boxes. I am using whatever I can find that is free and trying to make it as pretty as I can. Great post!

  14. Thank you for your inspiration! I have a fairly full pantry with wrap around wooden shelving much like yours and two ( thrifted) lazy Susans stashed in there taking up valuable space. And I do so struggle to get at the stored foodstuffs in those deep dark shelf corners ! Oh I am off to do a little reorganisation right now ?

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