The $11 Organizer That Made Me Completely Rethink Pantry Storage

published Apr 15, 2024
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A built-in lazy Susan is a smart design solution that can make use of an awkward and otherwise unusable corner of the kitchen. Without the rotating shelves, how else would you access the dead space created by 90-degree cabinet angle? Unfortunately, these units can also be a magnet for mess and chaos when pot handles catch on the cabinet closure, mixing bowls topple with each turn, and Tupperware takes a tumble with every spin. 

When I recently renovated my kitchen, I realized that I had been relying on the lazy Susan for all of the wrong things. Instead of using it for equipment storage, I decided to treat it as an extension of my pantry to house baking essentials. With that perspective shift in place, I lined the lazy Susan with clear, wedge-shaped bins.

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What’s So Great About iDesign Lazy Susan Wedge Organizers?

Storing all my baking supplies in a single, spinning cabinet has freed up valuable space in my pantry, and helped keep me organized. My lazy Susan shelves have an outer lip to corral items, but they still wouldn’t suffice for my plan to stock the shelves with tall baking supplies. These clear plastic bins have high sides that fit into the curve of the shelves, thanks to their wedge shape. They also have a built-in handle that makes it easy to take hold of the container and remove it when I need to search for a specific ingredient. The inevitable spills and drips are contained to a small area, and are easily cleaned with a damp cloth. 

I’m able to fit three of these wedge-shaped bins on each shelf of my lazy Susan. I sorted similar ingredients into the same bin — one for chocolate and cocoa powder, another for extracts and leavening, another for syrups and oils, and so on. The bins are clear, making it easy to see the contents, and I also labeled each bin as a finishing touch.

These organizers have been a game-changer for me, but they can be just as useful even if you’re not a baker. You can organize the bins according to your cooking style. It’s a great way to keep your collection of hot sauces, dried fruits, seasoning mixes, and more organized, too.

Buy: iDesign Lazy Susan Wedge Organizer, $11.71

This article originally published on The Kitchn. See it there: The $10 Organizer That Made Me Completely Rethink Pantry Storage