Pantry Organization on a Budget (Part 1 of 4 Dollar Store Organizing)

Hi everyone. I’m Alejandra from
and in this video, I’m going to show you how to organize your pantry on a tiny budget.
But first, if you are looking to start getting organized for the very first time, you can
check out my free video series on my website There’s a link below. All right. So when it comes to preparing for
breakfast, making lunches, cooking dinner, you have to have an organized pantry to be
able to make the whole process easier, faster, more efficient and there’s no better thing
to do than have an organized pantry. So one of the things that people always think
about when you think about organizing the pantry for the very first time is that you
have to spend a lot of money to set up systems by expensive organizing products and I’m
going to show you that, that that is just not the case. So I’ve tackled my entire
pantry right here for our – all stuff from the dollar store and I’m going to show you
all the cool systems that I set up to inspire you to organize your pantry with whatever
budget you are working with. All right. So let me show you exactly what
I’ve done. All right. So up here, so the top shelf here is reserved for all of the
big things we buy from Costco, like things we buy in bulk like paper towels, like big
things of chips, big things of cereal. So that just stays nice and empty, available
for stored space. All right. This shelf right here, this is
where I have all of my like bottles, spices, oils, vinegars and stuff and I wanted to use
Lazy Susans because Lazy Susans are awesome for storing round things because you just
– you turn them and you find exactly what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, the dollar store doesn’t
sell Lazy Susans. So I made my own. I took two baking pans from the dollar store. I took
a pack of marbles. I put the marbles in between and now I have a Lazy Susan just like that
and it turns really smoothly really nicely. It’s like these supplies were made for a
Lazy Susan and it costs $3 each. So these stay up here. Spices are in the corner.
On this shelf right here, I have all of the snack foods, dinner foods, desserts and all
I did was take dishpans from the dollar store. So just because it’s a dishpan doesn’t
mean you have to use it like under the sink or by the sink. You can use it as a storage
bin in the pantry or any other space in the house. So I thought this is perfect for categorizing
all these small things in the pantry. What I also did was I found these – they’re
double shelf bridges. This is what they look like right here. They’re hard to find. I
got these last year at Dollar Tree. They’re currently out of stock. I visited seven Dollar
Trees and I called like a total of 15 in the area and they were just out of stock. But what I did here was I put a shelf here.
I put a dishpan underneath, a dishpan on top and nothing is puttied down. It just works
like this but you pull this out and it’s like a drawer. So you have these two dishpans.
You have this double shelf right here and it’s like a set of drawers. It’s like
made to go together. They need to start selling this together because it just works so nicely. It only works with these particular double
shelves. If you buy double shelves somewhere else, they’re going to be a different size
and it’s not going to work. I tried it below and it just doesn’t work. So anyway, that goes there. I put nice big
labels here, so I could see what is where, because the space is kind of dark, but yeah.
So all the snacks, I take them out of the box and I just throw them in here. The same
thing with most of the desserts. I take like the cookies out of the box and then they just
get tossed inside of this dishpan just like that. All right. Down here, this is where I have
all of my dry goods. So it’s hard to find dry good containers that are airtight for
a low price. I found these ones. These were the best that I found. They are not airtight.
But they have a nice seal. So like this top – yeah, the top clasps clips on to the bottom
really nice and secure. Then this lid right here to open it is pretty
tight and they make a tall one and they make a short one. Again, they’re from Dollar
Tree. So, the tall ones are hard to find. Out of
all the stores I visited, I only found four and I visited seven different stores. These
are the smaller ones right here. So again, they’re not airtight but they
are functional and they do hold all of your dry goods. Then over here is where I just
put cereals because it seemed like the best logical place to put them. Then the bottom shelf, I did the same thing
with all of the dishpans. I took four dishpans and then I separated them out into baking,
specialty, tea and coffee, and then this is an empty one. But these double shelves right here, these
are from – they’re actually my grandma’s. They are like 20 years old. She got them probably
at Kmart. She loves Kmart and they don’t work. If you try and pull this out, it doesn’t
work. The double shelf moves. So you have to use the ones from Dollar Tree to do this. Then of course you need a shelf liner at the
bottom of the shelf to make sure that the double shelf does not go through the ventilation
of your shelf. You can get a shelf liner at the dollar store.
It’s not like – I like this one better because it’s flat and it’s nice and secure.
What you can do is the dollar store sells film poster boards, one of those thick poster
boards. You can cut that and put that on top of your shelf as your liner because it’s
going to create a nice like non-ventilated surface. Then you can put these double shelves
on top of that. So anyway, that is that shelf. At the very
bottom of the pantry, I have all of my refills for all of the containers in here. So I just
found these little tubs. I like these tubs because they have a handle. They’re not
clear. I didn’t want to see like all the bags down here. They come in blue and then
white of course. So I just categorized refills in two of them,
bags and then paper goods like picnic stuff in the corner, one over here. Then I just
put a big label down there. They’re kind of flimsy but I mean it’s
a dollar. So it’s a good price and then over here, I found this. This was another
container from the dollar store. This one comes in four sizes. Out of all the Dollar
Trees I went to, only one store had one of these really tall ones with the nice pink
top. But this is perfect for pet food, like Mojo’s food. This is like – it has a nice
handle back here and put a label right here. But they sell four sizes. The small one is
blue. There’s a medium green one. There’s a tall red one and then the tallest is pink.
So yeah, that just goes to the bottom of the pantry. OK. So then over the door right here, I found
this nice hook that is nice and secure. So the dollar store sells different over-the-door
hooks and I found this is the best one because it has like the tightest fit and it just seemed
like it was the best quality and it has two hooks. There’s the smaller one and then
there’s the top one. So I just put my two aprons right here and
then my picnic bag goes on top and I like this because it’s not even like puttied
down or anything and it doesn’t move. The hook is pretty well in place. So that was a great find. So that’s how
I’ve organized my entire pantry. I’m going to count everything up and show you that I
didn’t spend a lot of money in the entire – the pantry is all organized. My systems
are functional, easy to access and everything just looks so beautiful. So OK, there’s
nothing up here. These were $3 each, two baking pans so 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,
23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43. So I’ve organized my entire pantry for $43
and my system is now beautiful. Now, when I go to cook, I’m going to be able to find
everything, easily access everything and I can just show off how beautiful it looks. So I hope this video has inspired you to work
with whatever budget you have and still set up organizing systems in your home with whatever
you’re working with. If this is your first time watching any of
my videos, you can subscribe to my channel for more tips on getting organized or check
out my website Thanks for watching and I will see you soon. Bye.

100 thoughts on “Pantry Organization on a Budget (Part 1 of 4 Dollar Store Organizing)

  1. What kind of label maker do you use? Cuz sometimes you have clear labels, and other times you have white labels. Do you have 2 separate ones? Or is it just 1?

  2. I love your ideas Alejandra! I did pantry for $15, however I wouldn't mind getting some plastic containers to change out more food. Those ones frome the Dollar Tree remind me of Tuperware, in they way they look.

  3. How do you keep track of expiration dates of the things you take out from their box into the containers?
    I love you channel! I wish we had here is Israel also so much stores for these products. We don't have SUCH a variety in our dollar-store-style-stores, and closest one to the container store is Ikea lol, which is not nearly good enough for 'organizing nuts' like us :))

  4. Did you know that you can order stuff on Dollar tree's website and they will deliver to your store for free? Just and idea so you don't have to drive to all the stores looking?

  5. I just started watching your videos a few days ago. and they are addicting. I'm moving into a new house in just a couple weeks and I can't wait to do these ideas. I always thought organizing was expensive. you are genius!!!

  6. If I forget everything else you did in the pantry, your brilliant lazy susan is something that I will definitely be trying.

  7. I just finished organizing. It took me five days to toss away old things, and completely re-do everything. Now I've decided to re-do — again! — after seeing your system; it's simply better! If only I'd spotted you six days ago….!!! Oh well, found ya now! So, back to work………….

  8. I love your videos and they have inspired me to do my sister's pantry…a late housewarming gift lolol ..what type and where did you get the liners for the shelf? my sister has the same type of shelving and I am trying to get some items but I do not want them to fall through..she is a fussy person ..I love you Mickey ( just in case she is watching)

  9. I loved this video when I began my organizing journey. And how the budget it easy for most ppl. I haven't been able to find the double shelves (and I've been looking for like a year?). But I've been able to use the dish bins and lazy Suzan's. It makes it sooo easy to find what I'm looking for by simply going to that specific bin. Much better than trying to remember where I stuck "such n such".

    It has also helped out a lot with my roommate. English is not his first language (it's like his fourth!!!!) So when he needs something, it's super easy to just tell him "look for white bin that says 'pasta' on it. Look for blue writing.) It has also helped with his vocabulary. AND the wonderful benefit that it helps him know where to put it back, thus maintaining the system.

  10. I love that if I need a new tip for organization, I can just come to your account and search for what I'm looking for, and it's immediately at my finger tips! You are fabulous Alejandra! Never stop!

  11. Dollar Tree does have a website where you can get stuff when the stores are out of it, BUT some of the items require GIANT item amounts, bulk buying. For some stuff it's not a big deal, but for those stack-able brightly colored bins you used under a bathroom sink (did that too, LOVED IT) they required 48 to be purchased. Seriously.

  12. Alejandra is so amazing.After watching a couple of her videos, I went nuts and started to organize drawers in every room. I don't have a label maker, but I see one in my future. She is adorable and you can feel her passion when it comes to organizing. Thanks Alejandra!

  13. Just saying… I don't get how this helps with ur party?
    I mean who's going to look in my pantry? and I do know where everything is anyway

  14. I loved your idea of lazy Susan, and I tried it.
    wow! it works… but mine cost much more ? because there are no 'euro stores' around

  15. Thanks for this awesome helpful video. I did adopt a couple of ideas. I have the same shelves as shown in the video. I went to the dollar store and bought white foam boards. cut them to size and lined my shelves. Works very well. I also bought the dish pans as well. They have white Sterilite Dishpans in Walmart. and I paid 96 cents for them. Also they have little trays and things in Walmart. 74 cents. I did pay more and bought a lazy Susan and some nice BPA free plastic containers and different size baskets. All in white. They had the double shelf thingy in Walmart and so I used that for my cans. And I will also use one to do the "drawer" with the dish pans. I bought some items from dollar store, some from Walmart and a couple of things from Big Lots. and I am putting it all together. I threw a whole bunch of expired food out. years old. lol ridiculous. I am not finished yet but My pantry is looking way more organized already. It will make my life much easier.

  16. While Dollar Tree has really cheap products, I would refrain from using them for food items. We just don't know what kind of plastic or chemical they have used to create such a cheap products. I'd probably go to a glass ware route but that adds to weight. And those wire shelves start sagging.

  17. This has got to be my most favourite pantry organization ????

    Alejandra's the best!

    I found lazy Susan at Dollarama, $4 each…grabbed a couple the other day but I'll be getting more before they're sold out ?

  18. how will those that make YouTube videos know what we would like to see if we don't give our opinion on what we would like to see. maybe to you it looks like complaint, but to a discerning YouTuber, it's considered feedback. let your fellow commenters give their opinion without jumping down their throat. not everyone wants to watch videos that always cater to the poor.

  19. How come those marbles don't bother you lol. That would totally get on my nerves…you putty down so many things but these marbles are not annoying/yet? Otherwise good video though…I've learned a lot and have incorporated what you have shown… thank you Alejandra……

  20. Im a very clean and organized person and love being so. Ive been watching your videos for a few years now and they have helped “Boost” my Game! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great Tips!

  21. Your pantry looks great but it sounds like all the products you're recommending are out of stock and you keep saying that but I g different ones wouldn't what's the point of the tutorial? Lol

  22. Did you have wood shelves in your pantry and maybe take it out and put the wire shelves in? Seems like it might be easier to organize if you can set your shelf distances. I have a really small pantry and it is a mess

  23. This is wonderful. Moving into a new house and we wanted to get better organized but stay in our budget. This allows us to do both. Thank you.

  24. Hi Alejandra! I love the idea of Refills and Bags since I have so many reusable bags. Will definitely apply this idea asap! Thanks so much!

  25. Just love your videos!!!! I am redoing my pantry and went to to buy the shelves n dish pans. I found the cabinet shelves at the dollar tree but they do not fit over the dollar tree dish plans 🙁

  26. Very easy talk and do it when you live by yourself and organise everything as you like and and according to your systems but when you live with other people having their own systems everything is more difficult

  27. Dollar Tree sells clear plastic cutting mats- I think they're roughly 12 by 8 in (give or take), to use as a shelf liner instead of the poster board. You can easily cut them to size, and because they're plastic, you can wipe them clean.

    I've been doing the marble lazy Susans for years… But I use two plates that have just a tiny lip on them. Enough of a lip to hold the marbles in, but not so high that it's hard to get the items out of a tight shelf space. I like to use every available inch of storage and I was finding that I had to "stack" my shelves too far apart in order to be able to lift the items up and out of the cake pans. By using plates or even a low edged pie pan instead of a cake pan, I can drop the shelf above the lazy Susans at least 3"- Multiply that by four shelves and you've gained an extra vertical foot storage space!

  28. Smart trick with the marbles!! You could probably use less marbles per lazy susan if you had something in the middle to take up space like a small saucer….with marbles just around the outside of the baking tins 😉

  29. Easier if
    1. Left products in boxes and stacking them with label out
    2. Just elasticize all similar bars/snacks together

    So- you can see at a glance – what's left/ need to replenish / ingredients or format of snack you want at that moment.

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