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Organize Your Pantry on a Budget

Are you ready to finally get your pantry cute and organized? We are here to help with the tricks and tips you need to create a beautiful and functional pantry – and all with items found at the Dollar store.  This is the best way to organize your pantry on a budget!

Organize Your Pantry With Help from the Dollar Store

The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, and your pantry is the heart of your kitchen. So it’s important to keep your pantry stocked and organized, because it can save you time and money, and make cooking in your kitchen easier and more enjoyable. 

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Whether you have a walk in pantry or just a few shelves in a closet, we are here to help with some simple but impactful organization tips. 

Why Organize Your Pantry? 

If your pantry is currently unorganized and messy, then you know how frustrating it can be when you’re looking for a specific item and can’t find it. 

This might mean that you have to take the time to run to the store and purchase the item, only to find it a few days later. Which is why having an organized pantry will actually help save you time and money (plus your sanity). 

Having a clean and organized pantry will also allow other people to feel more comfortable helping in your kitchen. If you’re wanting your significant other or your kids to help cook more often, an organized pantry allows for easier access to the cooking supplies. 

Creating a Pretty Pantry

Your pantry can be both functional and pretty. But what makes a good looking pantry? 

Cute pantries are all uniform and consistent. They have matching containers for pastas and cereals, and matching spice organizers. They will often have baskets for larger items, and wire racks for stacking smaller items. 

These can be expensive to purchase at a regular retail store, especially all at once. But did you know that you can find many of these items at the Dollar Tree? 

Dollar Tree Increased Their Price

Dollar Tree announced on Nov 24th, 2021 that they were officially increasing their price on most items to $1.25

So although their items are no longer just a dollar, they are still inexpensive compared to purchasing similar items at regular retail stores like Walmart or Target. 

Shop Dollar Tree Online

I just learned a few months ago that you can buy in bulk from The Dollar Tree when you shop their store online. Sweet, right? 

This has been very helpful because our Dollar Tree is sometimes out of stock on certain items, or they only have a couple of items when I was hoping to purchase quite a few. 

But by shopping online, you can purchase their items in bulk, usually starting at a dozen and going up from there. 

 Matching Containers

One of the first items you’ll want to invest in to get that pretty-pantry-look are matching food grade containers. 

The Dollar Tree has some cute glass jars with stainless steel lids, that will allow you to store pantry staples like: brown sugar, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, seasonings, oatmeal, quinoa. You could also store smaller pastas, like elbow or bowtie pasta in these. 

clear container; organize your pantry on a budget

Storing your pantry staples in matching containers will give your pantry that organized designer look. You can take these containers up a notch by adding cute labels to each one that will give you a custom personalized look. 

Cute Crates

Many people use baskets in their pantry, but I prefer to use crates. Crates are sturdier, and easier to clean than baskets, and they look just as good. 

The Dollar Tree has some cute crates that you can purchase online here

crate; organize your pantry on a budget

These would be perfect for storing food items like onions and small potatoes. You could also store other items, like boxes of stuffing, boxed rice, popcorn packets, or packets of oatmeal.  

These crates would also be perfect for all those miscellaneous items, to help keep the visual clutter to a minimum. Things like muffin liners, birthday candles, and food coloring, etc.

Chalk Board Labels 

Another fun item the Dollar Tree carries to help keep your pantry organized are these cute chalkboard tags. 

chalkboard labels; organize your pantry on a budget

Clip them to crates or baskets to keep everything organized and easy to find. 

With these tags you won’t ever have to dig through your pantry looking for lost items ever again. You and everyone else in the family will know exactly where everything is or where everything in the pantry belongs.   

Making More Room

Do you ever wish that your pantry was bigger? While moving homes or remodeling might not be an option right now, you can always try to better utilize the space that you do have. 

Create Room On Your Shelves

The shelves in your pantry can easily become overfull and crowded. Are you looking to create some more room? 

Using these white wire racks can help to create space that might otherwise not have been accessible.

wire shelf; organize your pantry on a budget

Or if you find yourself stacking your boxed food or canned goods a little bit too high, these wire racks can add stability to your pantry stash.  

Utilize Room Behind the Door

The Dollar Tree sells a rack with six hooks that clips above your door. This allows you to create more room within your pantry by utilizing the space behind your door. 

wire hooks; organize your pantry on a budget

You can hang up your mop and broom, or your aprons. Anything that can save space within your pantry. 

Hanging Baskets

Although I prefer to use crates on my shelfs, I think it’s a great idea to use hanging baskets on any unused wall space. By utilizing your unused wall space, you can free up more room on your pantry shelves.  

The dollar store sells both black and white baskets in square, round, or oval shapes. 

Hang these baskets to your wall with removable hooks, like Command Hooks. You can also find these at the Dollar Tree as well.  

These baskets aren’t extremely sturdy, so you don’t want to put anything super heavy in them. They are perfect for bananas, or avocados. You can also use them for kids snacks like granola bars or fruit snacks.  

I hope this article has given you some ideas and inspiration to organize and design the best pantry possible for your home. 

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