Make the most of your pantry, whether you have a spacious walk-in or just a few shelves for food storage.
HAVE YOU BEEN DREAMING ABOUT A
walk-in pantry? A dedicated room seems to promise a foolproof way to find space for all the things you have jammed into your kitchen cabinets. But no matter what size your pantry is, you’re likely to feel as if there’s not enough room for everything you want to store there, and that it’s too hard to find what you need when you need it.
A pantry is only as good as its setup, so believe it or not, the solution isn’t more space. It’s a better use of the space you already have. Careful planning and a few helpful storage containers can go a long way in improving any pantry and ensuring everything is easy to find, access, and put away.
If a pantry overhaul is on your to-do list, also consider a plan for maintaining your storage system. Food is constantly moving in and out of the house, so you must think through how to keep your pantry wellorganized for the long haul. We have some ideas to help you get started.
SEE IT THROUGH
Airtight glass jars, opposite, are great for storing grains and baking supplies. When items get low, jot down a reminder on chalkboard-paneled pantry doors, left, so you can add them to your grocery list later.
Reimagine your pantry by removing all contents and discarding expired products. Adjust shelving heights as needed to fit essential items. If shelves are not adjustable, consider adding bins, pullout drawers, and dividers, above.
Shallow pullouts— instead of immobile shelves—are a great idea, above right. They allow you to easily reach deep into a pantry cabinet and are a back-saving solution for low shelves. No more stooping!
MAKE IT COUNT
Put every inch of storage space to use with shallow shelves on the back of the pantry door, right. Use this space for small items like condiments and spices that can easily get lost in the back of pantry shelves.