1. Clear, square canisters with air-tight lids for flour, sugar, rice, pasta, and other dry goods. Be sure they stack and come in a variety of sizes. Don’t forget to label.
2. Expandable tiered shelf organizer - This is kind of like “stadium seating” for canned goods. Expandable is the key. It will offer flexibility to fit most spaces. There are smaller tiered organizers for spice jars.
3. Clear food storage bins - A home for snack bars, chips, microwave popcorn, pasta and rice packets. The bin contains those frustrating packages that get lost or flop over on the shelf. Be creative and use containers that aren’t necessarily made for kitchen organizing. Some people use plastic shoe boxes or wicker baskets. Any will work but I prefer clear or opaque so you can see at a glance what and how much is in the bin.
4. Under shelf baskets - Food can be stacked only so high so there’s often wasted space under shelves. My favorite under-shelf storage is the placemat holder. http://bit.ly/XHoryB In addition to storing placemats, this can be used to hold cutting boards and baking sheets.
5. Turntable/Lazy Susan - Turntables work well especially in corners or those hard-to-reach areas. They are great for cooking oils, vinegar, and other bottles. I prefer turntables with a lip around the edge. I do not like double tier turntables. It may seem like a good use of space but it’s difficult to see things on the bottom tier and bottles on the top tier may topple when the turntable is spun. Be sure the turntable is made to be easily cleaned.
What containers have you used to keep your pantry organized? Please leave your comments below.