Published on May 27, 2019

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Think about your kitchen. Now think about your kitchen cabinets. Now think about what’s lurking inside your kitchen cabinets. For those of us who don’t have exposed shelving, piles of canned food, snacks, and boxes of tea can make for a cabinet arrangement that’s admittedly a bit unseemly. This isn’t unusual—but it doesn’t have to be this way either.

Now take a deep breath. Close your eyes and imagine those same shelves, but better. They might be filled with the same amount of food, but that food is now organized into beautiful, individual canisters. You can open and close your cabinet doors without fear that your snacks will all come tumbling out. You can keep your heart rate down as you no longer have to play grocery Tetris with your boxes of cereal, Goldfish, and Girl Scout cookies.

In all seriousness, a few strategic canisters can help you maintain some sanity when it comes to kitchen and pantry organizing, and they can even add some visual intrigue to your space. Not yet convinced? These canisters will change your mind.

For your salt, sugar, and flour

If your baking hobby has taken on a life of its own, chances are your kitchen cabinets are filled with things like molasses and confectioners’ sugar. That’s why it’s best to keep the basics—you know, the things you reach for all the time—in neat, colorful canisters you can keep on the counter.

For your grain bowl supplies

You might get your lentils, quinoa, and millet from Whole Foods’s bulk bins, but we advise putting them in acrylic containers to keep things looking tidy. These pink-toned canisters are positively dreamy.

For your extensive snack stash

Listen: We’re not going to tell you you have to choose between yogurt-covered pretzels or chocolate-covered pretzels the next time you’re in the snack aisle. With a collection of these sleek glass canisters from The Container Store, you can really have it all—and keep things organized.

For those loose tea bags you have around

This sweetly patterned pot (which seemingly draws inspiration from Bolesławiec pottery) is something you’re going to want to have out on display. Why not use it to keep your tea nice and tidy?

For your breakfast essentials

Coffee grinds, oatmeal toppings, Maldon salt flakes that make eggs taste even better: These are some of the things you might need to get your day started on the right foot. And they’ll look better in these sturdy glass vessels from Anthropologie.

For your favorite sweet treats

It’s always hard to keep your hand out of the cookie jar—even more so when your cookie jar looks like this. Its handmade, speckled design is the stuff of contemporary farmhouse dreams.

For all your bits and bobs

When you need to be your most organized self, sometimes it’s best to go totally transparent. These glass jars by Hay, which come in a variety of sizes, are perfect if you’re a stickler for neatness.

For your fanciest spices

If you believe that your kitchen is a work of art, why not throw in a bit of marble? These heavy-duty canisters keep dry goods totally pristine. Remove their lids and you can also use them to stash utensils.

For your gummy-candy collection

Not only do these canisters come in plenty of delightful, vibrant hues, they’re also made of recycled materials, so you can feel good about stocking up on them. If you go bold on color, organizing won’t be boring.

For your everyday condiments

If you’re always looking for your fleur de sel and Everything But the Bagel seasoning, you need them in arm’s reach. In fact, we think there’s a good case for pouring your favorite spices out of their store-bought containers and into these stylish pinch pots instead.

For your homemade trail mix

This simple striped canister looks pretty on a shelf or counter—that’s why it’s a great container for a snack you find yourself constantly reaching for. A bit of texture is welcome in any kitchen.

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