Oh The Pantry!
You know that space … where the chef of the home can go to create …and dream and… provide delish meals for the family… That Pantry!
I dream of a large walk in with a place that will hold everyday food items, stockpile supplies, menu plans, cookbooks with recipes, food inventory lists and ample space for large appliance storage! A girl can dream, right?!
The reality is … I do not have a walk in, nor space to hold everything I want in a single space. But, I do have a very modest pantry with several shallow shelves SO I am able to house a little bit of everything. This also means there are other spaces where I house all needed items in order to maintain my kitchen (that will be a different topic for a different day).
When I moved into my current home, I downsized in all areas to include the kitchen… with that downsize went the walk-in pantry… So I chose to say “Hello”, to small spaces!
This is an honest pic of my unorganized pantry when I first moved in …
I quickly found out that the systems I used in my previous pantry (which was a walk in) did not work in my current pantry.
The systems I used before consisted of risers for canned goods and plastic pull out drawers that contained items that I could see easily in my previous space by pulling out the sliding drawer. In my new space the risers did not fit properly (to narrow of a space) and the drawers would not pull out completely. I dealt with it for as long as I could and decided enough is enough – time for a Small Pantry Organization!
I took inventory and decided what the must have items were and what I absolutely HAD to have there… and added on nice to have and this is what I came up with for RULES :
1) Must be functional, above all !
2) I must be able to know at a glance where everything is located.
3) The space must allow other members of the family to put away/get out grocery items without having any difficulty.
4) Visually appealing – This was my nice to have!
I was able to organize with Dollar Tree bins (most of which I already had) and Dollar Tree canisters and containers.
This is what my pantry looks like now – Take A look!
I also filmed 2 YouTube videos – One BEFORE and one AFTER The link to those are below!
I filmed a short video of my pantry BEFORE :
I filmed a short video of my pantry AFTER :