Small Pantry Organisation Tips: from Chaotic to Organised

Small walk in pantry with Ikea shelves and storage

Let’s Start With the Before… Our Small Pantry Needed Organsing!

Do you remember the girls’ cupboard den that I shared last year? That cupboard was above the stairs, and our small pantry is beneath the stairs, and leads off from the kitchen. It’s supposed to be a pantry, but it’s always just been a chaotic muddle. Ever since we moved in 6 years ago, it’s been on my to do list. In fact it was even the subject of my first blog post! And finally, I have given our small pantry a makeover, on a budget, using materials we already had as much as possible.

Our understairs cupboard
Old fashioned chipboard cupboard door

How We Tackled the Small Pantry Storage Problems

The main problem with our small walk in pantry was the lack of proper organisation and shelving. Every time I put something on the narrow and wobbly shelves the previous owners had put up, I held my breath and waited for them to collapse.

A dingy walk in pantry before we renovated it

Simple Wall Shelving Is a Small Pantry Organisation Essential

After emptying it all, I removed the shelves, filled in a lot of holes and painted it all matte white, with leftover paint. It took a few coats to cover the dingy shiny finish beneath, but instantly looked so much better.

Part way through our pantry renovation
Putting up new IKEA shelves in the pantry
Ryan putting up new IKEA shelves in the walk-in pantry.
Looking up at our new white IKEA shelves
Looking up at our new white IKEA shelves.
Budget friendly Ikea pantry shelves make small pantry organisation easy
Budget friendly Ikea pantry shelves make small pantry organisation easy.

Hanging Wall Storage Is Perfect for Small Pantry Organisation

We didn’t want to add much to the other side of the wall so that we could still walk in. Instead we opted for more bargain storage solutions from IKEA.

New Ikea small pantry organisation and storage solutions
Use the wall space to keep a small pantry organised
Stick on hook from Ikea is a small pantry organisation tip
Understairs walk in pantry with hanging storage and Ikea recycling solutions

Finishing Touches to Our Small Pantry

I painted the outside of the cupboard door in Frenchic Al Fresco eco friendly paint in Dusky Blush, to match the side door which I painted last year. I used the leftover paint to revamp an old IKEA step stool that Thea sometimes uses when she helps with the cooking. You can see the my trays stored down the side of the Ikea storage bins. They are easy to access, but don’t take up much space.

Glass uPVC door painted in Frenchic Dusky Blush Al Fresco paint with a wooden stool, trainers and bag in front.
Pantry storage with a pink painted step stool and trays
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Cat investigating her food storage box
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