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22 Pretty Ways to Organize Your Pantry

Is it just us, or is a gorgeous pantry just like an invitation to cook up a masterpiece or finally host that dinner party? Whether you have a full walk-in pantry or are dealing with more of an open-shelving situation, a pretty pantry goes beyond just storage space. We generally don’t spend much time thinking about how to decorate a pantry, but just a few little updates like colorful containers and labeled jars can go a long way in creating your dream pantry. Here are 22 stylish ideas on how to strike organizational bliss by putting your beautiful items on display and creating a neat arrangement of your daily essentials.

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1. Put a Label on It: Instead of spending a whole weekend labeling every jar, put a funky vintage label on the shelves to keep things organized. Wooden crates and a wire pendant light make this pantry completely rustic chic. (via The Handmade Home)

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2. Have Miscellaneous Baskets: If you don’t really want to buy containers for every single item in your pantry, get some big baskets to store all the bagged things. You’ll never have to go digging through piles of bags to find an ingredient if they’re all kept together. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

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3. Free Printable Chalkboard Labels: From arborio rice to quinoa, these labels are ready to print and apply to all your pantry staples. (via Lia Griffith)

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4. Open Shelf Pantry: Not all of us are blessed with a walk-in pantry, but we love the country charm of this open shelving. Keep just the main staples in pretty glass jars and you’ll have everything you need for that next baking adventure within arms’ reach. (via Ella Claire)

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5. Continuity Is Key: Lose all the ugly cardboard boxes and mismatched containers. When all your containers are the same size and style, even the tiniest pantry looks like a million bucks. (via Chez Larsson)

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6. Add Color: Pantries are generally not very well lit, so painting the walls a bright cheery color or adding a pendant light is a great way to ensure you don’t spend hours in the dark searching for things. (via Honey and Fitz)

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7. Restyle the Whole Look: When flimsy bifold doors and wire racks just aren’t cutting it, turn the space into a much sleeker and more stylish built-in cabinet. Make sure to leave some open shelving for pretty things you don’t mind showing off. (via The DIY Village)

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8. Think Smart: Can you believe this pantry was stocked using only containers from the dollar store? Whether you opt for glass or plastic, just having matching containers instantly makes your pantry look more organized. (via The Social Home)

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9. Free Decal Printable: Perk up some inexpensive Mason jars or glass containers from IKEA with these classy decal labels that are even dishwasher safe. (via The Painted Hive)

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10. Organize by Type: Wouldn’t making lunches be a breeze if everything you needed was one the same shelf? Keep the things you use the most often on easy-to-reach shelves so you’re not tempted to mess up the organization. (via Light Locations)

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11. DIY Pegboard Storage: If you don’t have the shelf space, just fake it with an easy DIY pegboard. Hang baskets from the hooks to keep little things from getting lost in drawers. (via Inspired by Charm)

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12. DIY Etched Glass Jars: Forget printing and trimming sticker labels — etch your jars with this super easy method. (via Brit + Co)

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13. Color Coded: A matching color palette is not required for your baking cupboard, but it does look awfully pretty. The inside of cupboards is a great way to add a little extra storage for hanging cutting boards or mounting pockets for measuring spoons. (via Torie Jayne)

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14. Upcycle and Recycle: Start saving those glass spaghetti sauce jars and use them to DIY some really cool storage all over the house. Paint the lids with a multi-surface paint and add a colorful knob for a glam look. (via Eighteen 25)

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15. Little Touches: The littlest things can freshen up a tiny pantry. Here, they added ribbon to the edges of the shelves, painted the inside of the cupboards with chalkboard paint and added chip racks for novel snacking. (via 11 Magnolia Lane)

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16. Put Cans in Baskets: Instead of stacking cans in precarious piles where the oldest usually just keep getting pushed to the back of the cupboard, store them in see-through plastic bins. (via A Bowl of Lemons)

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17. DIY Stain Glass Canisters: If you’re considering color coordinating your pantry, this easy DIY stain is perfect for bringing in a pop of color. (via A Girl Who Makes)

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18. Clean up Your Drawers: It’s the things we use the most that get the messiest. Corral plastic bags and Ziploc bags in tissue box holders for convenience. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

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19. Divide It Up: Take advantage of vertical space with tension rods. Simply adjust and tighten and you will instantly have multiple shelf options for baking trays and cutting boards. (via Martha Stewart)

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20. Add Some Metallics: Nothing adds a touch of glam like a bit of copper in your pantry. We made these shakers in just a couple minutes, but you could make even bigger jars if you wanted. (via Brit + Co)

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21. DIY Dipped Containers: Anything color dipped and we’re definitely in. The hardest part of this DIY will be deciding what colors to use. (via This Little Street)

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22. Stick to a System: Whether you choose to organize the shelves by meal or container type, the most important thing is to stick with a system that works for you to keep your perfectly organized pantry looking good all the time. (via InStyle)

What are your tips for keeping an organized pantry? Share your thoughts in the comments below!