This morning I was making breakfast and realized there were a couple of pantry organizing tips I haven’t shared yet. I ended up grabbing my camera and quickly filming a 3-minute video. The lighting is so awful in the pantry but hopefully you can get the gist of the tip! 🙂

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Hi everyone, it’s Alejandra. And in this video, I just want to share two quick pantry tips of what I’ve done here.

Easy Pantry Organizing Tip #1

So the first one is if you don’t want to go out and buy another container and you want to make things super easy to access inside your pantry, you can just remove the lid from a box.

So what I’ve done here is I’ve taken all the individually packed oatmeal packets and I just ripped the lid off and then I’m putting it back inside of my big snack breakfast bin just like this and now it just keeps them contained but they’re super easy to access so when I come down in the morning or Ed comes down, we just come here and we just take one and there’s no like lid to deal with, no flaps to deal with. It’s just right there nice and open. So if you don’t want to go and get another container, you can just do that.

Pantry Organizing Tip #2

The second tip is if you can’t find pantry bins that fit your exact shelves like for example this shelf right here is 16 inches from back to front. So when I was looking for bins, I looked for something that was 15 or 16 inches back to front. Now, it’s hard to find bins that are the exact size you need unless you do a lot of research. I did a lot of research and this was the best bin I found and this is probably like 14 inches back to front. So there’s still a 2-inch gap.

Simple Pantry Organizing Tip

Simple Pantry Organizing Tip: Utilize the space behind your organizing bins for added storage

Now, what I did here was I just simply pulled the bin forward to the edge of the shelf. Make sure you don’t go past the shelf. And then I instantly added more space all the way in the back. So what I put back there was like these little bags of oatmeal, a bag of raisins, a bag of dates. And you can’t really tell that those things in the back are not part of the bin.

Now if I put the bin all the way against the wall, pushed back just like that, I’m still going to have that 2-inch gap right here. Now, I’m not going to want to put things in the very front just like that or maybe even just like that because that’s going to hide the pretty bin that I bought that was expensive that I did a lot of research to find. So the best thing to do is to just move it forward and put things all the way in the back, kind of like what I did here.

Simple Pantry Organizing Tip: Utilize the space behind your organizing bins for added storage

Simple Pantry Organizing Tip: Utilize the space behind your organizing bins for added storage

So in this case, I would just move this forward just like that to make sure it doesn’t go past the shelf and then take like for example maybe this bag of pasta. I would take something tall. Let’s try putting this in the vegetable rack. OK. So that fits perfectly back there. So I’ll put all four of these back there just like that. Yeah, just like that.

And now, I have instantly added more space for more dinner foods to come in. And it just looks like the vegetable rack is part of the bin or is inside the bin when things are going to be here. It will just look like it’s part of the bin just like those two all the way in the back.

So that’s just a quick way to add a few more inches of space to your pantry shelf if you can’t find or if you don’t have a pantry bin that’s the exact depth of your shelf.

So anyways, I hope this video was helpful. And I will see you soon. Oh, and you can see my entire organized pantry video here, or take a look at my budget friendly pantry organization video here. OK. I’ll see you guys soon. Bye!

About Alejandra

About Alejandra

Since 2008, organizing expert & certified life coach, Alejandra Costello has taught thousands of students in 132 countries how to get organized through her video-based training programs. Her YouTube videos have been viewed 100+ million times. Named 1 of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV and “The Decluttering Queen” by Good Morning America, Alejandra’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times,, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, and CBS. 


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