How to organize a pantry floor

Get tips on how to organize a pantry floor so you are sure to be using all the space you have available for storing your food. An often overlooked space in pantry organization, but you might be surprised at what you can do with all that room! 

Closets and pantries may just be two of the smallest rooms in our, which is funny when you think about it. These two spaces hold more things than most of our other rooms combined.

How to organize a pantry floor

This means we need to be strategic when setting things up. To not only ensure we are making the most of the room we have available but also to make it easy to find what we need without wasting time searching in chaos. 

When you are organizing a space, it helps to look at the areas that are the easiest for you to reach. This is your “prime real estate,” where you want to place anything that gets frequent use. In contrast, is the places that are hard to get o, such as the top shelf in your pantry along with the floor. Both can be a bit tricky to reach, so housing items that you use less frequently will be a good use for this space. 

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More often than not, things tend to get tossed on the floor in the pantry to deal with later, this is a clutter-bug habit that keeps rooms in absolute chaos. Let’s face it, food is expensive, and by streamlining your food pantry, yes, even the floor, you will turn this small area into an organized tool for your kitchen. 

What can you store on a pantry floor?

Usually, when you think of what belongs in a pantry, food is the first thing that comes to mind. However, you can keep so many other items in this area.

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1. Appliances

Tools you do not use frequently will do better in your pantry rather than clustered and out on your kitchen counter. By keeping only what you use daily out, you will free up space for cooking, baking, and more.

Appliances that you can store in your pantry:

  • Stand mixer
  • Instant Pot
  • Crock-Pot
  • Air Fryer
  • Roaster
  • Smoothie Maker
  • Juicer
  • Dehydrator

2. Paper

Paper supplies are another item that will do better stored in a pantry. You can set up a large basket on the floor to hold misc items.

Paper items that you can store in your pantry:

  • Rolls of paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic silverware
  • Paper coffee travel mugs
  • Red solo cups

3. Bulk Food

The floor is a good place if you purchase food in bulk. Food storage buckets are great for storing food without the contents getting stale or pests.

Bulk food you can store in your pantry:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Beans

Bottom line: The pantry floor is best for items that are big, heavy, bulky, and simply awkward. 

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I love these organizers because they make it easier to store appliances either inside of your walk-in pantry or a closet that is nearby.

How to organize a pantry floor

Using containers to hold like items will help to keep the floor of your pantry neat and put away. Be sure to use big labels to remind you and your family what belongs where.

Let’s look at a few options for your pantry floor.

Floor cloth baskets

I love baskets for storage, and they work well on the pantry floor. You can use baskets to hold paper products such as napkins or paper towels. You can also set up a basket to hold paper plates and plastic silverware. If you have a large basket, you can use it to hold water bottles or coolers. 


I like to use organizers in ways that fit the space. A clothes hamper may not seem like a good choice for the pantry, but it works well for holding brooms, mops, Swiffer, and other long-handled tools. 


This is my go-to organizer for most large areas because they are versatile. A tote will work well to hold seasonal supplies such as dishes or table cloths and napkins. If you keep your pet food in the pantry, a food storage tote will work quite well on the floor. 

Floor Organizing Options:

up close photo of a storage container holding dog food


A shelf on a floor?

Yes, and here’s why. If you have appliances you are not using often but still would like to have them close for easier access, the floor is a great storage area to consider. Double the room you have with a single shelf. This will allow you to put appliances below and above, giving you more room to hold your items. 

Why put appliances on the pantry floor?

When you only keep out the appliance you use frequently, it frees up so much space on your kitchen counters. Clutter-free counters can make this room so inviting. The less you have out, the more room you have to cook, bake, visit, and enjoy your kitchen. 

When deciding what appliances to keep in your pantry, look at what you have out now. Ask yourself if there is anything you can put away without causing inconvenience by not having it close by. These items may be good candidates for your pantry. 

a collection of kitchen appliances on a counter


Most often, you may be used to seeing these trays in mudrooms to hold shoes because they keep the dirt better contained. This is why they work well in a pantry. Trays help to contain any mess that may spill. A shoe tray will keep large containers of oil together while catching any spills at the same time. 

Food Storage Buckets

These work great to hold bulk food such as rice, sugar, or flour. They are durable, and the handle makes them easy to remove and use. Be sure to note the expiration date so you are always keeping your food used up before it goes bad. 

Sliding Drawers

Sometimes you need to think outside of the box to utilize all the storage space you have available. A good idea is to add a few drawers below your bottom shelf. These drawers are great for snacks meant for the youngest children in your home, as they can reach them more easily than an upper shelf. Label a basket for each child and fill it with foods they can use for school lunches or after-school snacks. 

Shelf Basket

I love these shallow shelf baskets because they can give you more space even if you store things on the floor directly below them. Use them to hold bread, foil, wrap, storage bags, or grill utensils. 

Plastic Bins

If your family enjoys bottled drinks, you can use this tip to keep them all organized. A bin for each type of drink is a great way to streamline the floor. One for soda, one for water bottles, one for probiotic water, one for tea, and more.

Remember to keep the outside labeled so your entire family can help to keep these bins neat. 

two blue baskets in a pantry filled with snacks

Wicker Baskets

I love these baskets and find they work well with snacks. A large basket can easily hold several family-sized bags of chips or pretzels. Not a fan of snacks? You can use them for just about anything, and the good news; the wicker is a nice sturdy option so that it will stand up well. 

When streamlining your kitchen pantry, the floor can often be overlooked. Find extra room on an organized pantry floor and create a food storage area that is the envy of your family and friends. 

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  1. These were all wonderful suggestions on what to put on the pantry floor and what organizational tools to use.

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