If you have been reading the blog for more than a hot minute, remember this?
Hello throwback Tuesday.
This was my original butler’s pantry at the farmhouse.
It was amazing.
An entire room devoted to milk glass and chalkboards and numbered baskets.
There was even a sliding barn door.
So when we moved back to Texas to the house that I grew up in, I knew I needed a butler’s pantry, I just had to carve out a place to put it.
And today? I’m going to show you how I organize it. My incredible friend Leslie and I are organizing our houses one room and one day at a time and we are bringing you along for the journey.
Here’s what my butler’s pantry looks like now.
Here’s my smaller version of the butler’s pantry at the farmhouse.
It has a smaller barn door.
But there are baskets.
And milk glass.
And a chalkboard.
If you have a butler’s pantry in your home (or a space you use to store all your dishes) here are a few ideas I’ve used through the years to organize the space.
storage ideas for the butler’s pantry
They are the best deal. They come in a set of four baskets for only $22. The baskets are roomy and sturdy and the prettiest color. I love the color of these baskets against the peppercorn.
Here’s what I’m using these rustic baskets to organize:
- coffee and tea for the coffee station
- trash bags and freezer bags
- mason jars
- extra plastic bags from the grocery store
- extra paper goods for parties
I also use one to hold the dog bowls for Buddy’s food and water. The dog bowls fit perfectly inside the bottom and it’s a great way to prevent that shelf from getting dirty.
2. how to organize shelving
Do you have open shelving or glass-front cabinets in your home?
There’s no place for clutter to hide.
If you don’t know where to start, I have the best ideas for you.
3. How to hide the trash can
This mini barn door is the perfect way to hide the trash can and keep everything organized.
It slides over to hide the trash can.
When you need to use the trash can, you just slide it open.
We are also adding a small trash can with a lid here to keep everything we are adding to the composter.
4. Glass canisters
I have them over on the butler’s pantry side of the laundry room.
Here are a few of the items that I store in them:
- tea packets
- coffee filters
- hot chocolate packets
- popcorn packets (next to the microwave)
- granola bars
5. Laundry containers
Okay, so this butler’s pantry has a laundry side, too and since we aren’t talking about laundry rooms as one of our spaces, I’d thought I’d briefly discuss it here. For starters, have you seen these vintage-looking laundry containers?
They are the CUTEST.
There are several different styles and they are going FAST, so get them while they are available.
I also used three baskets in the built-ins between the washer and dryer. We had this unit built in the laundry area to keep the washer and dryer level and to provide additional storage for this space.
I added baskets with three compartments.
Here’s what I have stored in here:
- extra props for photoshoots
- extra vases for table settings
- picture hangers and picture easels
6. faux built-in plate rack
When we remodeled the butler’s pantry at the farmhouse, I kept waving around a picture of a plate display rack that was all built-in with these amazing rod dowels and looked like something that they have in an English manor house with a butler who polishes the silver and prepares cucumber sandwiches without the crust for tea.
But we didn’t have an English manor house budget.
We had a yard sale budget.
You know, the kind of budget you have to get creative with.
Meet creative budget.
I found these extra tall plate display racks for only $7.99.
I painted them white and stacked them end to end so they look built in.
They are so much easier to clean and tall enough to give the illusion of a built-in plate rack for 1/900 of the price.
I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again.
Organization doesn’t have to be fancy.
Organization doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
Organization can be done a little at a time and a minute at a time.
Just pick your minute and begin.
Rome wasn’t organized in a day….
….and your house doesn’t have to be either.
For more butler pantry organizing ideas, be sure and stop by my friend Leslie’s.
PS I just put together a laundry room board for us over on Pinterest.