Most of us can agree that a calm and collected mind is predominantly a by product of a clean, tidy and organised working space. An area where it is important to feel calm and collected is the kitchen. Chaos breeds more mess and frazzled cook’s make mistakes. Well, luckily we understand how busy life gets and how valuable it is to have a well thought out pantry to help make cooking for your family a more organised and efficient endeavour. Come organise your pantry with us.
How To Organise Your Pantry
Perfect the Bones
The most important starting point for a pantry overhaul is your shelving. If your current shelving isn’t user-friendly, it might be time to add, chop and change. Most storage or hardware stores will sell some easily installable shelving that drills into place. You can also add smart items to the back of pantry doors, wine bottle holders and baskets to shelving and hooks to hang items that don’t fit elsewhere. Once the bones are solid, you can start thinking about the new layout.
Establish your Style
Just because your pantry lives behind closed doors does not mean it has to be boring. Just as using fun and beautiful stationery encourages you to write and organise your work, in the same way, a beautiful pantry encourages you to both use the space and keep it beautiful. Choose your storage shelving and containers with sensitivity to the design of the rest of your kitchen. Replace the doorknobs with ones that are fun and match the rest of your home decor. You can even go a step further and apply wallpaper the back of your pantry. Not only does this idea have a huge impact but it will also help with visibility when looking for items at the back of the cupboard.
Don’t assume that your new fancy layout will mean that your brain will remember where things are in the middle of the night when you have to rustle up some emergency mac and cheese. Take the guess work out of the scenario and invest in some practical and attractive labels to attach to shelves and containers. Not only will you know where everything is, but the uniformity of a system will ensure that things are put back with care and respect for their place in the future.
Think about things that you need while in your kitchen. Instead of keeping you favourite cookbooks in a bookcase in the study, make some space in the pantry. Instead of keeping tea towels in the linen cupboard, fold them and keep them in a labelled basket in amongst the bottle of tea bags. Make sure when you’re divvying out air-tight containers, that things you know you’ll have sitting there the longest get priority over things that run out quickly.
Lastly, before putting everything in its place willy-nilly, give some serious thought to the following:
Which items do you use regularly?
Where do containers fit in regards to shelving?
Do I need to hide, or place certain items out of reach of little ones (or husbands)?
Keep in mind that things you use most often should be at a comfortable eye level and at the front of the pantry so that you can always find and access them without too much hassle. Items that should be out of reach of little hands can go higher up in the cupboard and towards the backs of shelves. Make sure things like herbs, spices, baking items, cookie cutters, condiments, etc. are grouped together so that common sense will prevail when looking for or replacing items after use.
Once all is said and done, it may take putting aside a couple of hours to put your dream pantry together but the feeling of accomplishment and calm will be well worth the effort.
Now it’s time to organise your pantry!
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