Pantry Goals

10 Before & After Pantry Makeovers That Thrill Us to No End

We're feeling so much joy being sparked.

January 22, 2019
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Welcome to Pantry Goals, your destination for all the practical tips and need-to-know tricks to get your space in tip-top shape (and keep it that way).

The new year is the perfect time to tidy up your pantry. After all, it’s too cold to do much outside (at least where we live here in the Northeast), and the new Marie Kondo show has everyone in a decluttering mood.

If you need some inspiration to get you started, or are looking for ideas on how to better organize your pantry, behold some truly impressive pantry makeovers, courtesy of Instagram. These before-and-after pictures prove it is possible to pare down a pantry—no matter how big or small your space is—and keep it neat and organized.

An Instagram-Worthy Pantry Makeover

Is this even the same pantry? It went from a cluttered, unorganized mess to an Instagrammer’s dream. We’re loving all the practical, see-through storage containers, complete with labels, as well as those charming oil and vinegar bottles.

A Beautiful Basket-Packed Pantry

Behold, the power of baskets. This before and after proves that you can truly transform your pantry with just a couple baskets. Oh, and don’t forget the pantry step shelf to easily view your spices and/or canned goods.

A Big Upgrade for a Skinny Pantry

If you’re working with a skinny pantry space, you’ll want to bookmark this makeover. The DIYers upgraded their little space with deeper shelves and a lovely green paint job, as well as baskets, bins, and storage containers galore.

An Overhaul of a Room-Sized Pantry

The bigger the pantry, the bigger the mess! It’s wonderful to be able to store a lot of food, but not so much when everything is thrown onto shelves willy-nilly. This makeover, which uses of all sorts of baskets, bins, jars, and containers, truly is #PantryGoals.

A Total Pantry Renovation

As if organizing a pantry isn’t a huge enough task by itself, these homeowners completely renovated theirs. The effort was definitely worth it, though, because the sliding door and wooden shelves add such a charming, rustic touch. We’re digging the paper towel storage shelf, too.

A Life-Changing Pantry Purge

If you’re not into the whole wicker basket idea, you’ll like this next pantry. The stunning before and after proves sometimes you just need to get rid of everything you don’t use to create more space. Everything is neat, organized, and visible—without any of the traditional baskets.

An Impeccably Organized Closet Pantry

All we have to say about this makeover is, Wow. In the before picture, everything was a jumbled mess, but the after image could be in a magazine. How cool is it that the appliances get their own shelf?

A Lovely Farmhouse-Style Pantry

Those little wooden scoops set our hearts all aflutter. This pantry makeover is truly impressive. Before, everything was thrown together without a thought, but now everything is sorted into baskets and jars. The under-shelf wire drawers are an ingenious way to maximize limited space, too.

A Boldly Labeled Storage Room

If you use labels like these, your kids (or partner) will never be able to say they couldn’t find something again. This string of photos takes you on a whole journey, from when the pantry didn’t even exist to its final glory, complete with bold, brilliant labels on every jar and basket.

A Lovely Decorated Food Nook

Most of us probably don’t have an inch to spare in our pantries, but after you purge and organize, you may find yourself with extra shelf space. We like the idea of adding a few decorative pieces to personalize the area—just so it doesn’t feel so utilitarian and can “spark joy” in your life.

Which pantry transformation did you enjoy most? Let us know below!

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Mar August 25, 2019
Okay- so where do you put the box when you decant into these lovely containers but it doesn’t all fit? Or you are running out of something and by a backup package. I’m all for keeping things neat and cleaning out so I know what I have and what is expired, for labeling and certain bins, but the “life changing purge” pantry is the only one that doesn’t seem staged and unrealistic.
Bess January 26, 2019
That salad bowl tho. And the board and small bowls....Love them! Does Food52 sell them?
M January 22, 2019
What I've learned from this: the sexiest organized pantries are those that had a lot of space and were mostly a matter of tidying.

And that pantry room before shot looks like a future shot of the after. Even with baskets, a mess will descend!