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 pantry ideas for small spaces.
Pantry Ideas for Small Kitchen:; Maximize Cabinet Space with Pull-Outs
Pantry Ideas for Small Spaces: Shelves on Shelves on Shelves
Pantry Ideas for Small Kitchen: Use Clear Containers On High Shelves
Pantry Ideas for Small Spaces: Use the Whole Corner Cabinet
Pantry Ideas for Small Spaces: Reuse Creamer Bottles
Use Tool Organizers for Small Stuff
Use a craft or tool organizer with divided compartments to store baking and decorating items you don't use everyday. Close the lid and stack multiple cases in the cabinet.
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.
Use a Kitchen Cart
Buy an inexpensive kitchen cart and let the meal prep go where the cook does by filling the top rack with frequently used spices and seasonings. When dinner's over, wheel the cart against a wall or in a corner to tidy up.
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.
Keep Things Clean
Don't forget! Line cabinet shelves that store food with contact paper or vinyl liner cut-to-size to avoid permanent damage from inevitable leaks or spills.