11 No-Pantry Solutions on a Budget
No two kitchens are built alike, and many aren’t large enough to accommodate a full pantry. Sometimes you’re lucky if you can spare a cabinet or two for food storage. When building a pantry or adding additional cabinets aren’t in the budget, get creative with some of these inexpensive no-pantry solutions for storing food and ingredients.
Maximize Cabinet Space with Pull-Outs
Install pull-out shelves to maximize lost space in deep cabinets. Use drawer dividers to organize pantry items on the shelves. Want other ideas for kitchen cabinet organizers? Check out these cabinet and drawer organizers you can build yourself.
Shelves on Shelves on Shelves
Make use of smaller shelves inside larger cabinets or on bigger shelves. You can double stack canned items by using a wire shelf dispenser.
Use the Whole Corner Cabinet
Make use of corner cabinets by installing a rotating lazy-susan shelf. Store baking and dry goods in dollar store containers to keep them organized and standing straight on a wide corner shelf. Check out these other kitchen storage projects that create more space.
Reuse Creamer Bottles
Wash and dry empty coffee creamer bottles and fill with chopped nuts, seeds and baking chips for an inexpensive way to organize pantry items you tend to shake or sprinkle. Check out these other creative kitchen storage ideas.
Keep Cool Stuff on the Counters
If you have more counter space than pantry, store bulky items like flour and sugar in decorative jars on your counter. Look for tall and narrow containers, or ones that stack to keep the footprint small. Need more space in the freezer for cool stuff? Consider a chest freezer in the garage or basement, and learn how to make the most of the chest freezer space here.
A Hutch for More Than Dinnerware
Pare down or store your fancy, rarely-used dinnerware and repurpose a china hutch into a pantry. This adds extra counter space for grab-n-go snacks or a coffee station, too.
Customize for Coffee
Space a short shelf in the cabinet nearest the coffee maker for beverage essentials right at hand and ready for morning without using the whole cabinet.