Organize My Kitchen Pantry With What!?

Know what you can do with a dozen clear dollar-store butter dishes, and five feet of Velcro?

Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

I’m guessing if you read my post title you already know the answer is organize your pantry. Allow me to show you how.

First, some pantry background—I live in a tiny space, and am a freak about utilizing every inch of it. Really—every inch. I have a cozy but functional kitchen, and that’s where I need the most help. I’m fortunate enough to have a pantry, and have already added extra shelving where there wasn’t any. If you take a look at the photos, you can see where I added a small shelf above the main shelves because there was so much wasted space. I don’t like seeing airspace. I want something everywhere there’s air.

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

I also added one of those fantastic, coated wire racks to the pantry door. It holds a lot of groceries, and I highly recommend trying them if you’re short on cabinet space. Also, if you don’t have a pantry at all, but have an open space next to your fridge, see how you can make a rolling pantry by clicking here.

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

So after I gave myself a big “Atta Girl!” for the added shelf idea and the wire rack addition, I realized I still had too much…well…air. So after living with the extra airspace for four years, I finally made it my mission last week to scour every Dollar Store in Bloomington, Illinois to find something to get rid of it. After only my second Dollar Store—The Dollar Tree to be exact—I found exactly what I was looking for.

You know that feeling you get when you’ve been shopping tirelessly for a new home, and you walk into one and know immediately that it’s the one? That’s the exact feeling I had when I saw my lovely, dollar-a-piece butter dishes. I just knew. I snatched up every single one. A dozen total. I’m sure the cashier was wondering what a person could do with a dozen butter dishes. She was probably also wondering about the condition of my arteries. That’s a lot of butter.

So here’s a picture of the space that has frustrated me for so long. You see it. The space between the shelves and the door jamb. That’s six-inches of prime real estate just begging to be utilized.

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

If you scroll back, and look at my coated rack on my pantry door, you’ll notice the top two compartments are filled with spices. Those spices, paired up with my incredible butter dish lids are about to take care of my problem. Relocating my spices would then free up the racks for other pantry items. Be still my heart.

So learn from my mistakes on this one. I originally was going to drill holes in the butter dishes, and screw them into the wall, but I knew I’d probably end up breaking some of them between the drilling, and screwing them into the wall. I ultimately decided to use Velcro. Gotta love Velcro.

The next picture is what not to buy. I thought the little pre-shaped coin Velcro would be great. Peel those babies, stick ’em on and no more air! Wrong. I put them up, put my spices in them and a few minutes later, I experienced the domino effect as they fell off the wall, each knocking off the one below it. Made me wanna cuss a little bit. Ok. I did cuss a little bit. Then I cussed a lotta bit as I peeled 24 stickers off my wall, and 24 stickers off my gorgeous butter dishes. The Velcro coins aren’t strong enough.

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

Here’s a picture of what actually worked. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Heavy duty, hold-on-to-your-panties Velcro.

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

I used about five inches of self-sticking Velcro on the back of each butter dish lid, and mounted equal strips on the wall where I wanted them to hang, and wha-la! Finally, no more air!

Another reason I love the butter dish idea is because they’re see-through. Even so, you’ll notice in my after photos I labeled the spices on both the front of the lids, and on the tops of the lids so they’re still easier to see. Yes, I do alphabetize my spices. And yes, perhaps I have a touch of OCD going on. Check out my before and after photos.

Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

In addition to spices, those little envelopes of taco seasoning, dry soup mix, Kool-aid and such work well in these as do the tin boxes of spices.

Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

I know this project isn’t exactly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize, but I still get a certain amount of satisfaction knowing I’ve done the most that I can with the space I have. Now what can I do with twelve of these…

 Dollar Store Kitchen Pantry Organization / HomeStagingBloomingtonIL

This post was written by Tracy Evans who is a Certified Home Stager, Certified Redesigner and Journeyman Painter servicing the Central Illinois area. Feel free to visit her website at www.HelpAtHomeStaging.com to view her portfolio for more before and after pictures of her projects. And if you enjoy gardening, you may want to visit her gardening blog at MyUrbanGardenOasis.

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10 thoughts on “Organize My Kitchen Pantry With What!?

  1. marsha schierbeck says:

    That was awesome….and I thought I was a use every space nut. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Tia says:

    Hello,
    I found you through google…. I absolutely love, love, love your idea!! I am out to buy butter dishes not only for my pantry but my children’s art table so we can organize their crayons and pipsqueak markers by color. Genius!
    Thanks again.

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  3. Thank you for your thoughtful post. This helps me a lot!

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  4. molly says:

    That’s awesome! Way to go! Also funny to imagine the next owner wondering what was going on in the pantry when they see it.

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  5. Sue P says:

    Super idea for Butter dishes & love the wheel out Pantry, I desperately need BOTH for my small kitchen.
    I collect kitchen ware & dishes probably have 40 sets plus everything else that goes with them so really need the room. Some sets are boxed sitting in the garage and I would like to use them, along with my others.
    GREAT job and idea’s to use. I’m much older and a widow so I will have to try doing these alone. I use to be extremely crafty. Until I was injured and it’s very frustrating knowing that I can do it but just takes me a lot longer.
    Thanks for the useful information.
    Sue P. Florida!

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    • Tracy Evans says:

      I’m glad you’ve found the posts useful, and I sympathize with you having to do projects alone–and with an injury to boot! You just have to be in the right frame of mind when you start a project alone, knowing adjustments have to be made. I do it all the time. I’ve found different ways to compensate with not having a second set of hands by using clamps, propping wood up against things, pre-drilling and partially inserting nails and screws before assembling and such. I’m hoping to publish another post this weekend with another way to free up some cupboard space in a small kitchen. It’s for a DIY spice rack I built a couple weeks ago. I’ve moved to a different house, and had to leave my butter dishes behind. If you’re not a follower to my blog, you may want to click on the “follow” button so you don’t miss it. Thank you for your comment, and good luck with your future projects!

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