how about storing your goods in a large canning jar like the luminarc ones?http://www.villagekitchen.com/mfg/ar...ing_jars_.html
i have some large ones that i bought that can hold anywhere from 3-5kg (6.5-11lbs) of dried goods per jar.
they are glass, so they are non-toxic and can be steralized through boiling between uses. they are also air tight and (no joke) have kept goods fresh for over 2 years. not to mention they look pretty on the shelf!
i'm right there with ya regarding the un-organized pantry. tonight i cleaned out our pantry and tomorrow i need to go through what we have, what we need, buy and use on a daily basis, and work out a new storage system. i have quite a few canning jars but only a couple of them are large enough to hold a decent amount of bulk goods (like the ones i mentioned above). the rest are smaller. i think i am going to buy more of the larger ones and donate the small ones to good will. it's a little costly, but yeah, just like you - we were also wasting money through double purchases, not wanting to cook from scratch because of a messy pantry etc. and i have such a small pantry, that proper storage and organization is essential if i wish to keep up with "from scratch" cooking.
it feels good to know that my pantry will soon be organized and well-stocked!
actually, right now i'm working on organizing the entire kitchen. it's looking good, i must say.