The pantry is among the most neglected places in the home. But just because it's not a focal point doesn't mean it should be overlooked. With a few smart solutions you can turn even the smallest space into one that's big on style and functionality. We've gathered 14 clever ideas to help you make the most of your tiny pantry closet.
1. Ditch plastic.
2. Utilize the door.
When it comes to small pantries, maximizing space is key. So don't forget to use the back of the door as well. Whether you hang a storage rack or build a custom unit like this one crafted by Smallbone of Devizes, you'll never regret having a little extra space.
3. Separate items into categories.
Go-to staples, such as brown sugar and chia seeds, find a home in dedicated labeled containers in this small pantry closet designed by The Home Edit. On the other hand, snacks that are interchangeable, or one-offs, are temporarily stored in woven baskets. Genius!
4. Invest in a spice rack.
Sometimes a small purchase can make a big impact. Case in point: A spice rack that allows you to see your full seasoning inventory at a glance. And it doesn't hurt that when you decant your spices it looks super pretty and lends uniformity. Plus, according to clean living pros, it's much healthier than letting them sit in plastic jars.
5. Create a snack station.
Rather than having the young and young at heart rummage through your pantry to find a snack — leaving things in constant chaos — create a station with their grab 'n go favorites like this pantry closet from Leah over at The Tidy Bee.
6. Get storage racks for cans.
7. Stock up on bins.
8. Invest in a lazy Susan ... or three.
9. Go wild with labels.
10. Buy risers.
11. Hang under shelf storage baskets.
12. Install pull out drawers.
Grabbing the last can of diced tomatoes from the back of your pantry for your signature spaghetti sauce can be such a chore. Make your life simpler by installing pull out drawers like designer Nina Hendrick did in her beautiful pantry. She built her drawers from scratch, but here ( $52.18 ) is a similar option.