Learn to Love your Wire Rack Pantry

Having wire shelves in a pantry can be frustrating to keep organized, but this area is needed, especially if you want a streamlined kitchen. Today we are going to talk about ways you can learn to love your wire rack pantry all over again.

Check out the benefits of having one of these handy storage solutions in your kitchen and how to style it correctly, so it looks good while staying organized at all times. Plus, we’ll share some clever ideas on how best to utilize this unique space-saver storage so you’ll love your pantry organization better than before!

wire rack pantry

Having a pantry in your kitchen is a dream come true for any cook. It not only looks great, but its functional benefits are undeniable.

Whether you’re looking to store canned goods, dry ingredients, or cooking utensils, pantries can provide the perfect storage solution for all your needs.

Though having a wire rack pantry is great for a few, some find it difficult to keep this storage solution organized – and if you’re one of them, don’t worry. I see where you’re coming from.

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There came a time when I found it annoying to keep things neat and organized on those write shelves in my pantry as well, especially when every box or can would fall over with the smallest bump.

cans on a wire pantry shelf some fall over some still standing

Wire shelving, indeed, has its own share of flaws, but there are things you can do to keep things neat without much effort.

Here are some ideas to help you learn to love your wire rack pantry again.

Benefits of Wire Rack Pantries

Wire rack pantries are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why. They offer many benefits that traditional pantries simply can’t match.

For one, wire shelves are much easier to clean than solid ones.

They also provide better ventilation, which is ideal for storing perishable items. And because they’re made of wire, they’re also much more durable and less likely to warp or sag over time.

Additionally, wire shelving pantries have many benefits, including:

  • It helps organize your kitchen by making it easier to see what you have and where it is.
  • Wire shelving makes it easy to find what you need since everything is visible.
  • They are very sturdy and can hold a lot of weight.
  • Easy to clean since there are no nooks or crannies for dirt and dust to collect in.
  • Adjustable so you can move them around for larger or smaller items.

These are just a few of the many benefits wire shelving can offer to make it an ideal solution for anyone who wants a more efficient and effective way to store their food.

blue baskets filled with food in a pantry with wire racks

How to Keep your Wire Rack Pantry Organized

Wire shelving is a popular choice for pantries because it is strong, durable, and easily customized to fit any space. However, wire shelving can also be difficult to keep organized.

Following these tips, it can help you maximize the storage potential of your wire shelving pantry.

#1. Take inventory of what you need to store in your pantry.

Wire shelving is very versatile, so you should be able to find a way to store everything from dry goods to small appliances.

Before organizing your pantry, take inventory of what you need to store on them. This will give you a better idea of how much space you need and what wire shelving accessories will work best for your needs.

I like to use categories to help organize food. This is a really easy way to streamline the things you eat, so it fits you and your family. Read more about setting up food categories for organizing here.

By taking a few minutes to assess your needs, you can ensure that your pantry is both functional and stylish and easy to keep put away.

#2. Consider how you will use the shelves.

When setting up any area in your home, your goal is to keep things efficient. This means the more you use it, the easier it should be to access it.

For example, if canned goods are frequently used, they should be stored on shelves within easy reach.

On the other hand, if you have appliances that you only use a few times a year, then a space on a lower shelf or the floor may be a better option.

#3. Organizers for wire rack pantry shelves.

To keep things from falling through the shelving, there are a few tools you can use. I like to use plexiglass or bins as I find they work the best to give a more solid surface to the wire racks.

Let’s look at a few ideas.

  1. Food pouches store well in narrow long bins.
  2. Spices store well on lazy Susans.
  3. Canned goods store well in plastic baskets.
  4. Condiments store well on stadium shelving.
  5. Bulkier items, such as paper towels, do best in large bins on the floor.

Your goal is to know what you plan to store where so you can more easily choose the best container.

#3. Make sure to label all of the shelves.

Labeling items and shelves make it easier for everyone in the household. This will help them to know where things belong. This will also help to keep the pantry organized and prevent items from getting lost.

For example, you can label each shelf with the type of food that it holds, such as “canned goods” or “spices” and make sure that the labels are readable and easy to see.

D/M Pro-Tip: Always group similar items together so that they are easy to find. For example, keep all of your spices together or all of your baking supplies together.

#5. Take Time to Clean and Declutter Regularly

Make it a habit to spend time cleaning and decluttering your pantry regularly.

This will help you reduce the risk of food items such as pouches and boxes falling behind the shelves, as well as make it easier to spot expiration dates on food items.

You should also wipe down your shelves and containers regularly to prevent dust and dirt buildup. This will also help your food stay fresh longer.

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How can I improve my wire pantry shelves?

There are a few things to consider when it comes to improving wire pantry shelves. First and foremost, make sure that the shelves themselves are sturdy and in good condition.

If they’re bent or rusty, they’ll likely not hold much weight and could potentially collapse under the strain.

2 blue baskets on a wire rack pantry shelf

In addition, the wire grids can also be tricky to keep clean, and small items can fall through the gaps. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to improve its function and appearance.

First, consider lining the shelves with contact paper or adding plexiglass sheets. This will help to prevent small items from falling through and make it easier to wipe up spills.

You can also use baskets or bins to store loose items and label everything clearly to find what you need quickly.

Second, make sure that the wire shelves are properly supported. This may mean adding additional brackets or supports to the wall or ceiling. 

Finally, if possible, try to find wire shelving made from a more durable material, such as stainless steel, so that it can hold light to heavy items.

With proper care and installation, wire shelving can be a great option for your pantry.

Clever Ways to Use a Wire Rack Pantry

A wire pantry is a versatile storage solution that can be used in many different ways in your kitchen.

Here are clever ways to use a wire shelving pantry in your kitchen:

I love finding out of the box ideas that I can use in my own home. Here are a few to check out and give a try if it works for you!

#1. Storing cookbooks and other recipe books.

Wire shelving is the perfect way to keep these books organized and within easy reach. Be sure to use plexiglass as a support along with dividers to keep the books standing up.

a stack of cookbooks with one open to chicken recipes

#2. Storing frequently used spices and other ingredients.

This way, you can easily grab what you need while cooking. Spices store well on turntables, which work perfectly on wire shelves. You can also use stadium risers to keep spices easier to access.

#3. Storing clean dish towels and pot holders.

This keeps them off the counter and within easy reach when you need them. A large bin on a shelf or even on the floor will work great to hold these items.

#4. Organizing your Tupperware collection.

This way, you can easily find the right lid for each container. Food storage containers can be tricky to keep organized, luckily, all you need is a basket that is big enough, and you are good to go.

#5. Storing non-perishable food items.

This includes canned and dry goods. Choosing a heavy-duty container to hold these items will ensure it lasts from the weight.

#6. Extra appliances.

Keeping all the appliances you own on your kitchen counters can take up so much valuable space. You can, instead, use rolling carts on the floor of your pantry to hold heavy appliances and give yourself more room in the kitchen.

As you can see, there are many clever ways to use a wire shelving pantry in your kitchen. With a little creativity, you can come up with even more uses for this versatile storage solution.

A wire rack pantry can be a versatile and stylish storage option in your kitchen. With careful planning, creativity, and attention to detail, you can style your pantry for optimal usage and storage.

Keep your wire rack pantry organized and tidy with these tips and tricks, and you’ll enjoy all the benefits of this type of pantry in your home.

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