Although I don’t have a “before” picture of my open pantry, you can easily imagine flour, sugar, and grits [I’m Southern] in mismatched plastic containers, canned black beans next to Fancy Feast chunky chicken cat food , crackers and chips precariously balanced on shelves and spices hiding behind a myriad of cereal choices. It was a chaotic free-for-all.
Because my creative tendencies trump my organizational skills, I am forced to spend hours, yes hours, on Pinterest until I find something that appeals to my aesthetic. However, just finding a simple idea or an appealing image sparks my imagination to recreate in my “own” way.
Glass storage containers speak to me because they are beautiful and practical. Food is beautiful and being able to see it makes me happy. Glass is practical because I can easily see when I am running low on something that I need to add to my grocery list.
To add interest and texture, I mixed ceramics, olive wood, stainless steel, baskets and milk glass in with the clear glass. I love my open pantry! My eyes are happy looking at it; my mind is happy imagining all the kinds of things I can cook with items from it; and my psyche is happy knowing everything is organized and within easy reach in it.
Here are some tips to help you create your own open pantry.
I bought three different size glass storage containers from Sur La Table. They are great about sending 20% off coupons via email. I spaced out buying them so I could apply the coupons. However, if you want to get them now, I will include links at the bottom. They will be affiliate links, but I will only ever include links to items I love and can honestly recommend.
Now, let’s talk spice organization. We all know how difficult it can be to find spice racks or good solutions to spice organization. I’ve been really happy with the Lipper pull-out spice drawer holder. Each row holds 6 regular sized spice containers. Of course, it’s still not enough to hold all of my spices, but I do own more spices than any normal person should. 🙂
The ceramic containers from Creative Co-Op are beautiful but not completely air tight. I would give them a 7 out of 10. I bake a lot, so I am looking for larger containers in the future that can fit at least an entire bag of flour. For the time being, this size works great in our one bedroom apartment.
TJ Maxx and Marshalls always have a plethora of cute baskets! You can also find some nice ones at thrift stores or estate sales. I have mine full of flavored extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
I LOVE MILK GLASS. Milk glass is classic, timeless, and makes anything you put in it pop!
I wish I could take a better picture, but the moment I touch the blinds, the cats will start destroying them! So instead, you get to enjoy the view of cars parked on the street. OH well. 🙂 This is real life.
Shop the look here:
Glass Canister with Olivewood Lid – Tall
Glass Canister with Olivewood Lid – Medium
Glass Canister with Olivewood Lid – Small
Lipper International 8720 Three-Tier Tilt Down Kitchen and Cooking Spice Drawer, Silver/Gray
The canisters I bought are no longer available, but here are similar ones by the same company.
If you have any questions, let me know!