Simple solution for small packets in your kitchen pantry

Card FileHere’s a simple solution for packets of dry goods in your pantry: Store them together in an index card file.

I store packets of yeast in a 3×5 card file and larger packets of taco and stew seasonings in a 4×6 card file. These card files keep small packets from getting lost behind boxes of pasta and cereal and they make inventory simple when creating grocery lists.

An index card file is just a simple, inexpensive way to keep clutter at bay in your pantry!

27 Comments for “Simple solution for small packets in your kitchen pantry”

  1. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    Great Idea!
    I cut the top out of a Kleenex box but an index card holder (being plastic) would last much longer!

  2. posted by Jenny on

    Indeed, this is a great idea. For myself, I use a glass loaf pan. The pan is about as long as my shelves are deep, so it doesn’t migrate to the back of the cabinet. I don’t have a lot of packets anyway, so I also use the pan to keep other loose items like toothpicks, little tubes of writing icing, food coloring, and cupcake sprinkles. I don’t use the pan for cooking, so if I didn’t use it as a container on the shelf it would probably be living in a dark corner with the tin pie pans I don’t use either.

    Looks like I’ve found my next decluttering target!

  3. posted by beth on

    The Container Store sells little plastic pockets made for holding these. You adhere them to the inside of your fridge or a cupboard door.

  4. posted by Sarah on

    I use a gladware to store my packets. They can stand up and I can flip through them. I also keep a smaller gladware that I keep giftcards in.

  5. posted by Louise on

    This is a good idea. I like to keep items together that I use together, so I store my coffee filters and my Splenda packets in the same canister. Right next to it is the canister full of coffee.

    What I need advice on is how to store the box of wine. Yes, I know, bottles are classier, but the unbreakable box is a good choice in our RV. The darn thing is just so UGLY and creates visual clutter. Any ideas on how to disguise it? It needs to live on the counter because I don’t have any cabinets that are the right size and height.

  6. posted by Jenny on

    @Louise —

    I’m not sure what your style is, but some options might be:

    * knitting or felting a box shaped cover in some beautiful yarn
    * sewing a cover, whether quilted, from felt or from some beautiful or kitschy-cool fabric
    * painting the box itself with your own design
    * covering the box in papier-mache
    * wrapping it in some cool artsy giftwrap
    * wrapping it in some gorgeous fabric, furoshiki-style.

    You mentioned you couldn’t stow the box in a cabinet — can you make use of any vertical space you may have in the RV? I mean, does it absolutely, positively have to live on the counter?

  7. posted by Andamom on

    Cute idea. Another would be to use the same types of clips supermarkets do to hold these packets. You could put one of these on the inner part of a cuboard door and have the packets on hand whenever you need them.

  8. posted by Rachel B. on

    This is a great one for me…this takes care of two clutter problems.

  9. posted by Monique on

    I don’t know if Tupperware still makes this item, but years ago I purchased an inexpensive plastic box designed for holding these packets. It is cabinet depth in length and only slightly wider than the packets themselves so it takes up very little cabinet space. The nice thing about it is that it steps up as it goes toward the back of the cabinet so you can easily see what packets are lurking in the back.

  10. posted by andrea on

    I would keep them all in the same box, not two separate boxes. Even less clutter!

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  12. posted by jt in the army on

    Good idea. Somehow my index card holder that I never used in college survived the mass purge when I left for active duty, so now I have a use for it!

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  15. posted by Sheila on

    Regarding the previous post, the article mentions a wine box cover.

    TI purchased a stainless steel holder from Target. I googled wine box cover and found someone else that was looking for it too. This is the description from the site. I tried copying the picture, but it didn’t copy. At least you know something like this existed at one time. Maybe you can still locate one.

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  18. posted by Robin Weiss on

    I need help with the tons of small bags of grains and spices DH brings home. Too small and too numerous to go into little jars and wildly taking over the back counter…

  19. posted by Michelle N. on

    I use a clear over-the-door hanging shoe rack on the inside of my pantry door. Small packets go on the top row, and any small packages, snacks, etc. each have their own place. This way I have extra storage space and can locate small items quickly.

  20. posted by 1husband2sons on

    Recently, I replaced my old Gladware containers with new ones (you know how they get kinda ugh! over time). Well, I wanted to recycle them somehow, so I’m now using the old containers to house anything not house in something airtight (opened brown sugar bags, drink mix packages, tea bags, etc…you get what I mean). My cabinets are so amazingly more organized than they were before and I’ve done my bit to help the planet.

  21. posted by Brooke - in Oregon on

    What a SUPER idea!! Thanks :)

  22. posted by Josephine on

    I use an index card file to store bath items, in particular freebies such as lotion, soap, moist towelette, etc. samples

  23. posted by Sarah on

    I also have a hanging shoe rack in my pantry. It’s an epiphany!
    It holds seasoning packets, tea bags, granola (or other snack) bars, other tiny assorted food items, plastic tableware, straws, the last can of soda, opened cracker packets, candy, gum, etc.
    Got rid of so much clutter, and the space it takes up isn’t useable otherwise!

  24. posted by Justine on

    I use the “shoe” idea but the kind that hangs over the pantry door and has all the clear plastic pockets. I can see the packets through the plastic and organize them according to category like oriental type seasonings, mexican, meat, poultry. Unfortunately this is the only thing that is organized in my life!

  25. posted by Twila on

    Yes, Tupperware does have many storage options. Our Modular mates are great for organizing opened and un-opened packages. Check out the tupperware website…
    http://www.my2.tupperware.com/twilahenry.

  26. posted by Elaine on

    We have a colorful “milk-crate” style plastic box that we got many years ago. It’s about 10x10x10 and doesn’t take up too much space on the top shelf of a cupboard. But it’s up high enough to be forgotten for weeks at a time, until someone is in need of fresh inspiration. It’s fun to take down the box and say “Now what-all is in here?” thereupon rediscovering all those interesting sauce & seasoning packets bought once upon a whim.

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