I am often called in to organize pantries.
Pantries are hard to KEEP organized because your families tastes, food choices and what’s on sale are ever changing. So, pantry organization is an area you cannot organize one day and then walk away.
It takes maintenance, purging and often a complete overhaul.
Today’s pantry is for those of you with build in wooden shelves in your pantry. I LOVE wooden shelves!
This client was not in love with her shelves. They were spaced too far apart and no matter how hard she tried, she could not find a way to best use the space.
This pantry had NO expired food to throw away. Many times just purging alone can give you more space. But in this pantry there was nothing to purge.
So the only option was to somehow access those pockets of space between the shelves. Enter…
my FAVORITE organizers. The shoe organizer to the right adds shelves – anywhere! Since I had the before pantry pictures emailed to me, I had already bought one shoe organizing shelving unit to match the pantry shelves.
I knew that the cans would fit perfectly!
While I was organizing I realized a second shoe organizer would be very helpful. I had an extra one in the car, but it was white and 24″ instead of 31″. The owner OK’d the addition and I kept on working…
This set of shelves was great for paper products, and pasta. Since the organizer was only 24″ it left a full foot of space on the right where I stored all the baking supplies. Since all the baking comes out when used, and it is not often used, it is OK that it is stacked in there!
Daily snacks were stored in a removable basket. Baskets are so great for those snacks that come in bags! A small lazy susan works perfectly to spin commonly used condiments.
A quick straightening of the top and bottom shelves and…
Since I had the pictures of the pantry and the measurements emailed to me I was able to plan this project and shop for the basket, lazy susan and shoe organizers before I arrived at the client’s home.
I spent 1.5 hours organizing the pantry which was .5 hours less than my estimate.