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IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization

It’s only taken me a solid 2 months after building, painting, and antique-mirroring this IKEA Hemnes cabinet into a pantry for our limited storage kitchen…

…but the pantry is finally ORGANIZED!  No one is more surprised than I am. Believe me.

Remember this?

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Truth be told, the inside wasn’t as pretty as the outside for quite a while.

But now everything has a “home”, and I can’t tell you what a relief it is to have order in our kitchen thanks to this cute pair of jazzed up cabinets.

So if you’ve ever thought about rigging an IKEA Hemnes cabinet into a pantry for yourself, I thought I could give you a quick tour of our setup.

(Some affiliate links are provided below. Full disclosure here.)

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Wire Baskets

Here’s the thing we’ve learned about solid woven baskets in pantries.  If it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. And that’s actually a bad thing.

Once we cleaned out our wall cabinet from our old pantry setup, I can’t tell you how many food items we threw away that were expired because we completely forgot about them.  And that’s because we couldn’t see them!

So rule #1 of pantry baskets: Go for wire or clear bins so you can see at a glance what you own.

It’s not as “pretty”, but it’s functional. And that’s what is more important.

These wire baskets are the perfect size.

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

P.S. Those stacks of hot dog buns are for our July 4th party tomorrow.  Just in case you wondered if we regularly eat 4 bags of bread a week. Ha! #CarbsAreLife

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Lanyard Tag Labels

Each basket has its own label (which I made using these cheap lanyard tags) for canned goods, paper goods, condiments, breakfast items, meal makers, savory snacks, and sweet snacks.

I use these little label tags on everything, even on our stockings with our names at Christmas

And anything that is too big to fit in those 8 baskets goes on the tall lowest shelf like protein powder canisters and cereal boxes.

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Turntable Organizers

I’m ready to spring for even more of these little lazy susans for our spice cabinet because they are perfect for organizing a bunch of small items in tight spaces.

The bins lift right out of their turntable tray and are a great size for holding baby food pouches, supplement/medicine bottles, and small snack items.

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Airtight Food Storage Containers

I’m not always a fan of having so many of these containers but these little guys are the PERFECT SIZE for these drawers and are so incredibly functional for quick grab-and-go snacks and ingredients.

Honestly, they’ve made snacking way too easy because we just open a drawer as we walk by, pop off a lid, grab a cookie, and slide outta the kitchen all ninja-like.

They almost do too good of a job. This size container fits the middle drawers and this size container fits the bottom drawers.

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Embossing Label Maker

I never thought I’d be the kind of girl to say this but… I freaking love my label maker.

Good gosh, what am I becoming?

I want to LABEL ALL THE THINGS NOW!  This embossing label maker is so inexpensive and simple to use. I like that the labels look “old school” too.

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Potato Bin

Nothing to see here except an old baking pan I decided to repurpose for storing our potatoes and onions.  It does the job though!

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

Table Linen Storage

I know not everyone is as much of a table linen hoarder as I am, but for special occasions, I like setting the table with pretty cloth napkins and table runners.

These are all of my sets that I pull out for special holidays.

IKEA Hemnes Pantry Cabinet Organization - Tips and ideas for maximizing storage and creating function for food storage in a cabinet to repurpose as a pantry. #pantryorganization

So that’s the grand tour of my Type A-ness with a slightly Type B-leaning tendency.  I love order, but my need to create also causes messy chaos around here regularly, so I hope this pair of cabinets will help our family stay on track.

Do you have any pantry organization methods/tools that work for you?  With our limited storage, we can always use more help for great storage ideas around here.

If you want more organization ideas, you can see all of my past organizing projects here.

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26 Comments

  1. Congratulations on the new pantry! I was wondering if you still keep your dry goods in the Korken jars featured in your 2017 pantry organization post, and if they’ve worked well for you? I was actually thinking recently about going to IKEA to buy some of those jars for my dry goods after seeing that post!

    1. Yes, I do still keep those dry goods in those jars in that spot because they’re the ingredients I use the most when I’m cooking. It’s nice to have those particular ones right beside the stove. 🙂 Those jars still rock!

  2. Looks great! We do not have a pantry, nor do we have room for an additional storage unit, so most of my canned goods get stored on shelves in the basement. However, our day-to-day food items are stored in one of our kitchen cabinets, and I absolutely adore wire baskets for that small space! I take all of the granola bars and similar items out of their boxes and group them in wire baskets so they are readily available, easily seen, and don’t take up as much space. Seems to work well! 🙂

  3. I love my Kai love my label maker too!! LOL!! I label all the things & find some more! My friends tease me that I am OCD LOL!! My old label maker just called it quits & I got a new one just in time to label all my kids school supplies…we go to year-around school & start back next week 🙂

  4. Love this post! I especially like the lazy Susan with compartments. I use just the regular kind that only has a small edge and things sometimes fall off. This is a great improvement! One of my favorite pantry storage items is a three tiered rack that mounts to the shelf base and can pivot out of the cabinet for easy access. I think it was also Rubbermaid brand, but not sure. I actually never tilt it out because I can reach it easily, but it’s great for spices and small bottles like vanilla😊

  5. Lauren,
    Great storage unit from IKEA!
    Love the hue for the cabinet!
    Baskets are great organizing tools, indeed.
    Love that you labeled each basket!
    That’s a lot of hot dog buns!
    Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!
    Pat

  6. Love your pantry. I have some of these organizers. Will need the baskets when the kitchen & pantry are updated. (Soon, I hope.)

    I was going to mention the potato/onion storage also. I keep mine in two separate cabinets. (I didn’t know this either til last year! Learn something new all the time.)

    Happy 4th!!!!

  7. I have always used Rubbermaid Lazy Susan’s to store all of my spices. Some are two layered. An even more time saver is to alphabetize the spices…..no hunting. 🙂 🙂
    Note: I have done this for 61 years of marriage. 🙂 🙂
    Jean

  8. Can you tell if you used a stain color from IKEA – or what color paint you used on the cabinet?

      1. Your cabinets are beautiful and so well thought out. Thanks for the link to how they were transformed.

  9. this is gorgeous! One tip, if I may? You might want to find a separate storage area for your onions, as onions and potatoes do NOT store well together, creating havoc for the potatoes (they can sprout to the point of rotting).

  10. Your organization is amazing! who cares about type a-ness if it buys you time doing what you want or with family in the end.

  11. Just a quick question, do you find that the drawers can handle the weight okay? I used a now discontinued Ikea cabinet for my pantry and am looking to update it. Your pantry looks lovely by the way!

  12. Lovely! I’m familiar with Hemnes dressers but a question about the cabinets. We are finishing a room soon that needs a lot of storage, mostly for a huge amount of quilt fabric and some extra decor. Do you think these are strong enough for the job? I’m not sure if they’d hold the weight and last a very long time. Thanks!

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