With the holidays fast approaching, extra seasonal cooking is in the near future. According to the USDA, Americans spend an average of 128 minutes in meal preparation and clean-up during Thanksgiving, compared to the average 34 minutes of meal prep time on non-holiday weekends. By organizing your kitchen and pantry now, you can free up more time to spend with loved ones.
Make your kitchen and pantry work together.
As the trend for open living spaces becomes more popular, the pantry should be thought of as an extension of the kitchen. To keep counters less cluttered and clean, pantries can be used to store more than just food.
Rethink what you store.
House small appliances and bulky items in the pantry to keep the kitchen counters clear for meal prep. These items should be stored below, and smaller appliances that are needed daily should be within eyesight and reach.
Over-the-door racks are also a great addition to the back of a pantry door and can store cleaning supplies, wrapping products, paper goods and more!
Upgrade your storage space.
Today, the standard size for a walk-in pantry is about five by five feet, and reach-ins are about three by five feet. Most pantries are equipped with five shelves placed about 14” apart. However, consider adding a flexible organization system like ClosetMaid’s ShelfTrack, which can be easily adapted for your family’s ever-changing storage needs.
Don’t forget to accessorize!
Add even more function to the pantry and kitchen cabinets with shelf dividers, spice racks, and pull-out baskets to improve the visibility and accessibility of everything you are storing.
Preparing your kitchen and pantry now for upcoming seasonal cooking can make all the difference this year!