When my baby boy started eating baby food I was so excited–I went to pick a bunch up for him to eat and pulled out all the spoons and bibs and other feeding gear we had for our older son. I finally had everything gathered in the kitchen and went to put it all in the drawers, cabinets, and pantry when I realized something. My pantry, the drawers, and the cabinets were full! I started thinking about it and realized that we had the same issue with our first and my mom had the same issue with my sister. I realized that a lot of people struggle with this same dilemma.
The bibs were being kept upstairs in my baby’s dresser; this was fine until he needed them and I continuously would forget to put a bib on him resulting in messy clothes or having to run upstairs to get a bib, hungry baby crying and everyone else’s food getting cold. I managed to find places to hide away all the baby utensils but it was pretty sloppy. All the baby food just sat in a bag on the pantry floor. I did not want to get rid of our regular food items or make things messy to have room for the baby food jars as we only need space for them for a short period of time, but I also felt uncomfortable leaving the jars on the cold, dingy floor in a plastic grocery bag. I decided to make a space just to store baby feeding items!
My husband was using some pegboard for a project he was working on a while back. He purchased extra in case he needed it, which he didn’t, so I came up with the idea to hang the pegboard with shelves and hooks in the pantry to create more usable storage space! You can use this system for things other than baby food as well–spices, baking mixes, serving spoons, vinegar and oils, hot pads, and more!
What You Need
- Perforated hardboard (AKA pegboard–we used the 1/4″ size)
- 2-4 qty. 3/8 x .171 x 1/2 nylon spacers
- Coping Saw
- 4 #8-10 x 1 1/4″ anchors for hanging
- 4 #8 x 1 1/4″ screws
- Power drill
- 1/4″ drill bit
- 15/32″ drill bit
- Pegboard Organizers
What to Do
1. Find a piece of pegboard that will fit in the space you have available. If you cannot find the right size, cut it down to the proper dimensions. You can find pegboard at hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot and it is fairly inexpensive. Don’t forget, if you are in the military you can get a discount!
2. Decide where you want to hang the pegboard and mark out where you will be putting the screws to attach it to the wall. Mark out these spots with a pencil and make sure the board and markings are level. You don’t want a crooked pegboard!
3. Drill holes for the anchors, a little smaller than the size of the anchors. We used the 1/4″ drill bit.
4. Using a hammer, lightly tap the anchors into the holes you just drilled.
5. To hang any organizers from the board, it cannot be flush against the wall so you will need to add nylon spacers. If you chose to use two spacers, cut them each in half using a coping saw (and something to grip each firmly, i.e. a vice grip) to make four smaller spacers. If you want the pegboard further from the wall, you can use four spacers without cutting or cut off less. The center hole needs to be widened, so grab something to safely tightly grip each spacer and widen the center using the 15/32″ drill bit. Test each spacer on a screw to verify a proper fit; spacers should have a slightly loose fit on the screw.
6. Get ready to hang the pegboard! Insert a screw into the pegboard hole, starting at one of the top corners. Slip one of the nylon spacers onto the screw on the back of the pegboard then insert into the anchor and carefully drill into the wall. Continue this pattern on the opposite top corner and each of the bottom corners until the pegboard is secure.
7. Now it’s time to hang your pegboard organizers! Use a variety of baskets, hooks, buckets, shelves. You can see below what I used to store the baby items but you can get creative! I purchased the Blue Hawk Pegboard Organizer Kit, baskets, and hooks from Lowe’s. I found the set of three mesh baskets at Walmart for only $10 and Walmart also carries other hooks and organizers.
**Look under the pictures below for a fun bonus tip!**
Also pictured: Nuby Travel Fork & Spoon Set
Tip: Want to hang bagged items? Punch a hole in the top with a hole puncher! Make sure you are not punching anywhere that will break the airtight seal. If there is nowhere like this on the product you’d like to hang, you can purchase special tabs that stick to the products for hanging or simply make a tab with a piece of tape and punch a hole in the center.
*Want your Pegboard Pantry Organizer to look sleek? You can paint it! Just make sure you do not fill the holes with paint. You can also try using patterned wallpaper and cut out slots where the holes are so you can still insert hooks and baskets. We opted to leave the organizer as is for now.
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