Canned food organization

Maximize your pantry space with our budget-friendly canned food organization tips using items from the dollar store. Discover clever and cost-effective solutions to keep your canned goods neatly arranged and easily accessible. Our expert advice and creative ideas will help you streamline your storage and make mealtime a breeze. Say goodbye to pantry clutter and hello to a well-organized and efficient kitchen.

I feel like I am in the middle of about a dozen unfinished projects and it’s driving me bonkers. The task of getting organized can sometimes be very daunting but I am determined. I decided to finish one thing at a time starting with the pantry.  I want to use what I already have and if I must buy something it needs to be from the dollar store, I’m on a big-time budget these days.

Feeding a family of 5 gets pricey so when something goes on sale I stock up which means a pretty full pantry.  I spied these nifty little wire baskets at the dollar store, grabbed a large and small can and they fit! I have seen all sorts of amazing DIY canned food storage ideas but really, who am I kidding, these baskets will do the trick!

 Labeling the baskets seemed like the best idea so I know exactly what I have on hand.  The labels came from Online Labels and they have a label designer program which makes creating and printing super easy!

 There is still so much more to do, I’ll be sharing little bits and pieces over the next few weeks and a whole lot more, so stay tuned!

~Thanks for stopping by~


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  1. I’m on a budget too. Trying to clear out all my debts. My strategy is different though because my family is small, just my daughter and me since Daddy is away. I don’t stock up because it ends up going to waste and groceries here in the Philippines don’t go on sale much. I buy what I need when I need it and just what I need 🙂 It helps that the mall is just across the street.

  2. Great idea kristin! I’ve been thinking about how to store my canned goods neatly, and this fits the bill to a tee! love the labels too. Thanks!

  3. Hey Kristin, brilliant idea. I am trying to figure out if your wire baskets are mounted on the pegboard or if they are sitting on shelves?

  4. Love this idea. I don’t buy very many canned items but my youngest daughter loves Progresso Tomato Basil Soup so I tend to stock up when I can find it for less than $2/can. I recently used one of those locker shelves in my pantry just for her soups and it made a world of difference. Do you have any organization tips for boxes of tea? She has a ton of those as well.

  5. i will be heading to the Dollar Store this week, i go once a month. i want these little wire racks, because my can situation is getting out hand. i think this would be good for the in out system as well, as i get new veggies they can go in a different wire rack, and wait for the others to be used first! First in, First out, usually i use this system when using my veggies. the veggies in front get used before the ones in back, and all new ones get put in the back!

  6. Which Dollar store did you find the wire baskets – Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree – WE have all three!! I love this idea, just wondering how much the baskets were.

    1. I found them at the 99 cent store for 99 cents each. However I have seem them at the dollar tree as well. Good luck!

  7. Can you please help me organize all the paperwork I have? I literally have a small room of it.


    1. Stack the cans on the second layer in-between the 2 cans, if that makes sense. Basically the first row would have 5 cans, second row 4, third 3 etc…hope that helps

  8. When we owned our own home it came equipped with wire racks on the wall just as you go down the stairs to the basement. There were 4 of them hung there and they went right around the corner. They held so much and it was so easy to see what you needed. I miss those so much. But the house we share with my daughter now is very small and doesn’t have the wall room. This is a great idea. I have been looking for an alternative. Thanks so much for the post.

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  10. I tried this and not only is this convenient it saved a lot of space in my pantry so I can fit more items on that shelf LOVE IT! Thank you for the idea

  11. I made a small pantry and used 4 plastic rectangular plastic tray/ baskets from the dollar tree ! Each tray holds 12 regular size cans ( 14-16oz) .
    Four trays ( bean/protein, fruit, soup , veggie). Two trays across fit my shelf and I can stack a loaded tray two deep on top of each other. Label each can with a sharpie so you can see top of can. I can pull tray out as needed. I use jars for flour, sugar, oats ,rice and pasta. Cereal in cereal keepers (rubbermaid). Nuts and dried fruit stored in bottom frig drawer. There is only two of us now and this system is very generous storage.

    1. I’m so glad this is working out so well for you! Sounds like you are super organized, I love it! Have a wonderful week!

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