If you're lucky, you're able to buy in bulk. I'm not talking Costco-bulk, I'm talking items like oats, grains, and flours bought in bulk and then repackaged by your store into relatively smaller bags so the (bulk) savings is passed on to you. Our local grocery store as a pretty good bulk section and I make good use of it.
This poses a problem for my kitchen organization. All these bulk bags stuffed into a standard cabinet causes some angst. All this was shoved in the bottom left shelf of the cabinet behind. No joke.
Not only is it a pain to find what you need when you need it, but it doesn't allow you to see what you really have (without pulling everything out) so sometimes I'd end up buying more oats when I had a couple bags hidden in the back. Bags with only a little left in them would get lost in the mess and I'd end up having three small bags of popping corn and five bags with only a cup or so of oats in each (true, true).
To purchase one of those nice cabinet bins/drawers, would have cost me at least $50 or a lot of time and effort (and some cost) if Jamey used his precious time to make one for me. I decided to take matters into my own hands. We are women and we are resourceful! Hear me howl!
I don't why I chose to howl instead of roar. I just did.
I went to our stash of boxes ready to be recycled and found a few that suited me. I trimmed off the lids and made a hole in the side for a handle where needed. I pulled everything out of the cabinet, wiped it clean and combined all my duplicate bags. Container lids are in the right side of this cabinet and I had been using a large shoe box for them (which worked great, but needed replacing after a couple years of use), so I found a new box to house them, too.
Next, I divided up the goods putting the items we use most in the most convenient box to slide out and the items we don't use as often in the middle box. There was some space left in the back, so I stuck a few back-up items back there. I know they're back there. Really. I do.
Now when we need a bulk item, we just slide out the box (or boxes, if we need to get to the center one) and we have a full visual to locate the item we want and survey our supplies.
No more frustration getting to the bulk items I need? Price-less.