Kitchen Pantry Storage Hacks
The Best Storage Containers for Your Pantry
Let’s start with the obvious: What containers should you use for storing food in your pantry? Consider see-through containers, preferably glass, rather than plastic, with labels. Create a space for some empty extras to keep within arms’ reach. You can also use vertical door storage for lids to pots and pans and extra containers (but more on that in a minute!). You’ll also want a mix of different types of containers to make it easy to differentiate. Some lightweight baskets are a good idea as well, as long as everything is labeled.
9. Lazy Susans to Optimize Corner Space in Your Pantry Cabinets
If you’re not planning to build out a brand new, state of the art pantry, but rather, are looking to make the most of the storage and shelving that already exist, here is one of the best pieces of advice I could give you: Utilize lazy susans as storage in corner shelves to completely maximize the space.
8. Vertical & Flat Storage in Your Pantry
If you’re truly maximizing your vertical space, it may behoove you to think of the pantry like a food library and keep a step ladder accessible and tucked away. To truly get organized, you want to switch your thinking: Infrequently used, non-perishables shouldn’t go to ‘the back of the shelf’ but rather, ‘the top shelf.’ Think vertical! Hang oven mitts as well. Shower racks make great produce racks. Cutting boards can also be strapped to cabinet walls.
7. How to Build Shelving in Your Pantry
Shallow Shelving – don’t want things to get forgotten about on the back of a deep shelf. Also maximize your ability to walk around,if you have the space. Don’t forget shelf liners! It will make your life so much easier when it comes time to clean. LIners you can either throw away or throw in the dishwasher.
Alternative Uses for Your Pantry Beyond Storage
Work Space in a Walk-In Pantry
A Place for Smaller Appliances – another benefit of maximizing the space you have to walk around, is that you can design your pantry with space for smaller appliances. Consider hiding the blender, toaster, and microwave in the pantry. If you have the space, including a small-space island in a walk-in pantry with open shelving or storage underneath is a great place to create a prep station and store some cookbooks, and perhaps even a microwave or blender.
5. Lighting & Electricity in Your Kitchen Pantry
Electric: Outlets and Lighting. If you have a naturally lit bright pantry with windows, amazing! Most of the job is done. But generally these are dark, closet-like spaces without much natural light so task lighting is going to be very important if you plan to actually use the space. Under cabinet lighting is a great option, as well as some over head lighting like recessed canned lights or a flush mount work well in this space.
4. Roll It Around!
Put containers touching the ground on wheels, like crates or your trash can. This will make moving them about the space even easier. Consider a rolling cart or, if you have the space, an island on locking wheels that you can easily roll out of the way if you need more space.
Designing Your Pantry for Maximum Efficiency
3. Access to Everything Non-Food Related
Keep cleaning products at Hands Reach in Your Pantry, Use tension rods to organize cutting boards and pots and pans’ lids, again, adhering to the vertical organization rule! Utilize the space behind the door as well — I’ve seen lots of tutorials suggesting hanging storage for canned goods behind the door, which is a great idea if you have the space, otherwise, a space-saving alternative would be to hang a broom and dustpan for easy access.
2. Easy Grocery List
Keep a white board or clipboard on the wall with an ongoing grocery list. Having it by the door, at eye level will help get you into the routine of adding items to the list the moment you run out.
1. Keep Colors Simple and Bright
Beautiful, Pinterest photos of wallpapered pantries in bold prints always catch my eye, but upon further consideration, they’re often impractical. The pantry is something you use everyday, but not somewhere you spend great amounts of time in– it’s all about efficiency: how easily can you get in, get what you need, and get out? From a design perspective, one of the easiest things you can do is not overthink or be experimental with color and pattern in this space. Keep it simple in your pantry: A bright white coat of paint will do!
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