The secret to an efficient kitchen? An organized pantry. Think about it, the kitchen is where you prepare meals, enjoy time with your family, catch up on work and most of all – eat! So why not have a space that’s efficient? Even if you have a small space, here are some ideas for an organized pantry that even Julia Child would approve.
- Take inventory before shopping. Ever look in the pantry and notice you have two, three maybe even four jars of peanut butter? Unless you’re eating a tub per week, you probably don’t need that much. Take inventory before you go to the store, this will save you time and money but also storage space.
- Consider shallow shelves. If you have deep shelves, like Jamie from the blog C.R.A.F.T., you might “lose” items because they are hidden in the back. With shallower shelves, you’ll be able to see all of the items you have.
- Determine shelf heights. With smart pantry planning comes organization. Use your tallest item (whether that be cereal boxes, bags of flour, salad dressings or bags of chips) to determine shelf height.
- Embrace visibility. If you can’t see it, you probably won’t use it. The close mesh shelves are very user-friendly, you can see through the bottoms of the top shelves so don’t need to get on a step ladder to know what’s on the top.
- Group like items together. This will help you find exactly what you’re looking for when you’re cooking or simply looking for a snack. Also, by placing lighter items towards the top and heavier items in the middle, you’ll save your strength.
The key ingredient to a beautiful and functional kitchen is the pantry. Keep it in shape with these tips and you’ll always be ready for a dinner party, meal prep for the week or simply making dinner for the family.