Making a cabinet into a pantry

There are a lot of things I wish for when it comes to my kitchen, but an actual pantry is high on the list. We've successfully turned two of our regular kitchen cabinets into a makeshift pantry and it's working, but you can bet I still drool over photos by The Home Edit of gorgeous, meticulously organized walk-in pantries. Someday!

In the meantime, though, this cabinet pantry situation really is working well for us. I wanted to share it today in case you, too, are trying to figure out how to make a smaller kitchen or nonexistent pantry work for you!


We set aside two of our cabinets for our pantry - which was a pretty hefty chunk of our cabinetry. As a caveat before I get started - a huge reason this works is because we wayyyyyy downsized our kitchen. All of our eating dishes, glasses, our baking dishes, so on and so forth all fit in ONE cabinet. Downsizing our dishes freed up a lot of cabinet space to turn into food storage. Minimalism all the way, you guys.

Another trick to making this work for us is to take everything out of packaging that I can. I empty pretty much everything into a labeled glass canister or bin. I like being able to find exactly what I'm looking for quickly, being able to see exactly how much is left of something, and not having to dig through a zillion boxes to get what I need. Because of our limited space, we can't buy in bulk, but that's okay. We buy what we use, use what we have, and replenish when it's gone. It's a good system for our family!


I love to get glass canisters at Hobby Lobby, when their glassware is 50% off. They have a huge selection! I've found bins all kinds of places - just be sure to measure your cabinet before shopping. Save a note in your phone with the depth of your cabinets, the height for each shelf and the width where you want to put a bin or jar, that way you save yourself the headache of buying something that's a hair too big!


I also utilize turntables, or lazy Susans. They work great for cans, bottles and such and make finding what I need a snap!


For bags of chips and other bigger things, I have two baskets on top of the fridge and we just toss everything up there. I try to keep one basket for bigger bags like chips and one basket for smaller things like crackers and rice cakes, but they all end up mixed up, and I don't really care all that much.

And there you have it! Simple, practical food storage when a pantry is nonexistent. Do you have any other tips + tricks for living in small spaces? I'd love to hear! Happy Tuesday!