Have you always wanted your pantry to be more organised but don't have the money for new storage solutions ? If your answering " yes " then I'm hearing you. Lots of people post photos of their pantries on social media and you just know the look they have has cost a small fortune. Don't get me wrong, I love to see how others organise their kitchens but not everyone has spare money for functionality.
Here are some free organising solutions that won't cost you a cent. Some of these ideas I've used in the past, others I continue to use even today. Not only are they free, you can recycle what you already have and use in your home.
* Ice cream containers. When I was a young mum I didn't have spare money for more pantry storage solutions. Icecream containers I had in abundance. I just can't bring myself to throw them out. I used the containers for baking ( biscuit / cake ) storage, lolly / broken Easter egg storage, dried bread crumbs, and packet mixes.
* Glass coffee jars of all sizes. This is a fairly new storage solution I've been using. I had a few of these jars stored in my garden shed waiting for a use. I'd purchased them from an op shop for $2 each. When I started to get rid of the plastic in my pantry, I advertised on my local Buy Swap Sell Facebook group asking for Moccona coffee jars. Lots of people were happy to give them to me. In return I gave my handmade greeting cards as a swap. I even had return ' customers'. The coffee jars come in 4 sizes and offer a great airtight seal. I use them to store sugars, milk powder, nuts, bread making ingredients and snacks.
* Jam jars or pasta sauce jars. I use glass jam jars for storing all my herbs and spices. The pasta sauce jars are slightly bigger and great for storing homemade mixes like gravy powder mix, french onion soup mix and taco seasoning mix. I have a couple of friends who gave me jam jars and a some were purchased for 25 cents each from op shops.
* Oblong plastic icecream containers. These are the ones icecream shops use in their display cabinets. If you can get your hands on these they make great storage for packet mixes. I've also used them in the fridge for storing fruit when the veggie crisper was full.
* Biscuit tins. Just about everyone gets a biscuit tin full of shortbread biscuits at Christmas. Wash, dry and reuse for many different things. I use them for storing plastic cutlery ( the few bits we still have ), storing birthday candles and decorations, lollies and chocolates.
Here are examples of how I've transformed my pantry for free.
|Jam jar uses|
|Moccona coffee jar uses|
|Oblong icecream containers|
|Packet mixes organised|
|Baking and herbs organised.|
|Pasta sauce and jam jar uses.|