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Pantry Makeover with new Rubbermaid Modular Canisters: Review & Giveaway

Please just tell me I'm not you let your pantry get like this? There are a few things that really bother me about my situation here. There's no rhyme or reason, stuff gets pushed to the back and forgotten about, and most of it isn't sealed tightly to deter any ants or other no-good pantry pests should they come looking for food.
Using the new Rubbermaid Modular Canisters, I was energized to get the top cupboards of my pantry back under control. My main goal was to get everything I use for baking into an organized and convenient situation. You saw above what my pantry looked like, and now you can see what I was dealing with once everything came off the shelf!
After I wiped down the pantry, I threw out any expired items (yeah, there was stuff from 2008 in there, I'm embarrassed to say), and decided what to do with what was left. Most importantly, I wanted easy access to the items I used the most, and I wanted everything to have a container - no more open boxes or unsealed bags.

Once everythingwas given a permanent place, I made some really primitive labels (until I get around to ordering these) for the majority of the containers. I'm considering getting a second set of Rubbermaid Modular Canisters so that I can have all the containers in my pantry match! Plus, I like that the Modular Canisters can be grouped into whatever arrangement works best for the space you have (if your shelf space is shorter, you can simply rearrange them!).
Typical of Rubbermaid products, these are durable and airtight. Clean and sleek-looking, I also like that they have measurements on the side of the container so you can easily see how much of something you have. This set of four containers includes:

  • (1) 5-cup Container: Great for baking soda or powder, coffee, or crackers. I used it for chocolate chips!
  • (1) 10-cup Container: Great for rice, dried fruit, or granola. I used it for brown sugar!
  • (1) 16-cup Container: Great for sugar or cookies. I used it for Bisquick!
  • (1) 21-cup Container: Great for flour, cereal, or dried pasta. I used it for wheat flour!

When I do get a second set, I think I will use them for rice and pasta, as those are always tricky to store. In fact, I ended up tossing two packages of large pasta shells when I cleaned out the pantry today because the shells that were left in the box after the last use were not sealed tightly, and thus they were stale.

Are you feeling inspired?! This whole activity took me maybe an hour, so I know you can do it! And Rubbermaid is going to help along the way! I'm very pleased to be able to offer one lucky read a set of the new Rubbermaid Modular Canisters!

To enter, please leave a comment below telling me how Rubbermaid Modular Canisters will help solve your pantry crisis! Or, tell me if you have another unique intention for them! I'm interested to hear what you'd use them for.

This giveaway will end on the evening of 4/25 and a winner will be chosen at random using Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Open to U.S. residents only.

This giveaway has closed. Congratulations to #9, Mo!

Product sample was received for review.
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Trish said...

These are awesome! In my pantry everything is just piled on top of each other. This would allow me to stack - not pile- pantry items. Thanks Rubbermaid!

April 13, 2010 at 8:41 AM
Anonymous said...

I have started buying extra food when it has a great sale price with coupon. These canisters would really help me get organized with all the extra food. Your pantry looks great!!

April 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM
Marissa O. said...

I would use the containers to rearrange my counters and cupboards so I could see where everything is and actually use the food! Great giveaway!

April 13, 2010 at 10:41 AM
Brittany said...

I would love this. I have a very small amount of cabinet space and this would help me be able to organize and use my space more efficiently.

hiptips4u@ gmail dot com

April 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM
Debbie said...

I would love this. Need big help with organization in the cabinets!!

d.hassman at gmail dot com

April 13, 2010 at 10:47 AM
Crafty Batches said...

Oooh, I love it! I'm all about being organized...if only someone could start the process for me! :)

April 13, 2010 at 10:51 AM
Jolynn_Reads said...

I'd use these to store my rice an a few other things. Or maybe a wedding shower gift?

April 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM
April said...

This set would be a great way to help out with my 2010 Resolution to be more organized. I have a deep shelf pantry and these would work out great. Thanks!

caliblonde1979 at live dot com

April 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM
~Mo~ said...

I would love these, to organize my pantry. Right now I have everything in there bags, and it's just a very unorganized area!

April 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM
Heather A said...

I am moving from a house with a nice size walk in pantry to a house with no pantry at all. These would definately help making the transition from pantry to tiny cabinets!!

April 13, 2010 at 12:22 PM
Kim said...

WOW...what I could do with these. I can tell you that I would put my flour, sugar and other staples in them just to start with!
What a great giveaway! Thanks!

The Misplaced Midwesterner

April 13, 2010 at 12:45 PM
Anonymous said...

oh boy- it's as if you looked into my pantry too! I would love to win these to put my dry ingredients in (white & brown sugars, & flour, etc)
onecrypticmama AT yahoo DOT com

April 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM
Melissa said...

This would solve a lot! I currently have round canisters and they aren't very efficient. I didn't know what I was thinking when I purchased them a couple years ago. :)

April 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM
My Favorite Deals Blog said...

I'm sure if I cleaned out my pantry I would come across some expired items too!

I would love to win these containers so I could make my pantry more clutter-free!


April 13, 2010 at 5:41 PM
Show Me Mama said...

I am addicted to containers. Because it helps organize my food items and everything is it's place and organized. I use it to store rice, flower, sugar, and lots more. It is a life saver for us.

April 13, 2010 at 7:56 PM
Shirley said...

These will help me keep my messy panty more organized! Thanks!

bunko4me at comcast dot net

April 13, 2010 at 8:45 PM
cjs said...

I would definitely use them in my pantry - rice, sugar, pasta, cereal, dry cat food, crackers - you name it. If it is in my pantry, it probably needs those containers :)

April 13, 2010 at 9:40 PM
Deb said...

I will use them to store my dry goods (flour, sugar, rice, etc)

deborah150 at

April 14, 2010 at 8:01 AM
Michelle said...

Wow. Your pantry loves amazing! Mine looks like how yours started out, except worse. Haha. Looks like a huge space saver as well!

April 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM
bepoia said...

I would use the cannisters to corral all the little packages of food that fall out of the cupboard everytime we open the door

April 14, 2010 at 11:56 AM
Jamila said...

I would love to use these in my pantry or to get things organized on the counters.

April 14, 2010 at 6:50 PM
Lindsay said...

Well, summer is quickly approaching and I have to move back home from college. This means I will be taking all of my stuff and making it fit in our little house. These would come in handy for all of my leftover food and such.

April 14, 2010 at 8:08 PM
J said...

I would love to use these Rubbermaid organizers to help me store the food in my cupboards more airtight so ants and other critters don't get in and so I won't waste food that go out of sight out of mind. Thanks!

April 14, 2010 at 10:52 PM
Anonymous said...

These would help me organize all my soap making supplies! Currently the are all just scattered around my craft room, so these would help me to organize all my supplies!

April 15, 2010 at 4:05 PM
Beth Whitney said...

These would be great! I would probably use them for the kids' snacks, so they would stay fresh!

April 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM
hlspring said...

my pantry always looks like a bomb went off in there. I would love to actually have an organized pantry where we can find the food we have (oh, and not let things go to waste because they are shoved in the back!)

April 16, 2010 at 8:12 PM
Naomi said...

We are in the process of going gluten-free, and it would be great to get all the alt grains into bins rather than scattered about in their various packages. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

April 17, 2010 at 5:58 PM
Anonymous said...

Last night I was making room for baby food jars as our son is moving on to solids. I was amazed that I filled a garbage bag full of expired food that was burried in our overcrowded pantry (don't worry, it was all non-perishable...nothing was growing in there!!!)
I NEED to makeover my own pantry!!!

April 18, 2010 at 6:07 PM
Anonymous said...


I'd use these to better organize my stockpile--I could save so much space!

April 19, 2010 at 7:23 PM
Christine said...

They don't sell these in my area yet. I could really use them in the non baking section(I already have bakery under control). My kids are constantly opening boxes or bags of snacks that make that portion of my cupboard look out of control.


April 20, 2010 at 12:49 AM
Mrs B said...

We just moved and our pantry went from approx 3 ft wide and 6 ft high to 1 1/2 foot wide. I could realllllllllllllllllllllllllly use some help getting this one organized!!! :)

Mrs B

April 20, 2010 at 4:01 AM
Anne said...

Wow my messy pantry could use some organization that really saved space like these do! I have so many flours, chocolates, and other supplies since I bake so often that these would be a lifesaver.

April 20, 2010 at 8:34 AM
Sarah said...

I'd love to use these to help organize my stockpile. Lots of pasta is really messy when it spills!

April 20, 2010 at 9:37 AM
Ryan said...

I would love to use for staples like flours and sugars, rice etc.

April 20, 2010 at 11:24 AM
Randall and Rachel Beita said...

I would love these!! Right now I need canisters for flour and sugar and whear flour so this review will be great.


beitagrubb at gmail dot com

April 20, 2010 at 5:11 PM
Anonymous said...

These would help so much since I buy a lot of bulk dry beans and grains:)
miamichickens at yahoo dot com

April 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM
My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

these would help me in the house too.

April 24, 2010 at 3:21 PM
Randi said...

I would use these to store my various sugar , dry beans and rice in. I love Rubbermaid, and I have a matching set of the smaller squares and circle containers in my cabinet now. :)

April 24, 2010 at 11:31 PM

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