Kitchen Remodeling | How to Keep an Organized Pantry
Better Access for Cooking Prep
Kitchen Remodeling | Squeezing bargain store-size bags of breakfast cereal and spaghetti noodles into your pantry can help your family’s budget, but obscure the other goods you have stored there. Find that pack of gluten-free cookies and keep the cereal from going stale with these attractive ways to update your pantry storage, without looking like a plastic container hoarder.
Drawers: Custom Sliding Built-Ins
Soft-close, sliding kitchen cabinet drawers are at the top of any kitchen reno wish list. But this storage feature isn’t limited to your island and under-counter storage. Consider putting these favorites in your pantry so you don’t have to empty it in pursuit of a box of elusive crackers. When shopping, look for gliding shelf systems made of sturdy materials that can withstand the weight of your pantry contents. Metal gliding systems can withstand more than plastic systems.
Drawers: Sliding Baskets
Enjoy nearly the same benefit as pricier custom built-ins with a basket version that feels a little less permanent. Basket drawers designed for closet organization systems can handle lighter items, but if you’re going for the full-duty storage, invest in models built to handle kitchen goods. This expandable basket is built for pantry use with locking mechanisms designed to attach to wire or wood shelving.
Drawer Alternatives: Bins on Shelves
Forgo locking mechanisms and installation by corralling goods on shelves in bins or baskets. Pick containers in a finish that matches kitchen and pantry hardware for a sleek look that cuts out clutter. We like these baskets built for easy grabbing during food prep.
Stackable: Shelf Inserts
Organized pantry shelves are still within your reach—even if you can’t bother with matching bins. Slide in some shelf inserts to arrange and elevate cans, boxes of dry pasta, and more. This steel, powder-coated style will fade into your shelving and keep the ingredient you’re hunting down front and center for better finding. Connect two or more together using the included screws.
Stackable: Can Racks
Stockpiling cans of tuna during a big sale is only helpful if you can see them before they expire. Place them in your eye line with can racks, a favorite of Birmingham-based organizer Amanda LeBlanc. When you remove a front can, the next can will roll forward within sight. Get the most out of obscured upper shelves by filling them with these racks and your family’s canned staples.
Wall-Mounted: Spice Rod and Bags
Free up shelf and countertop space by hanging up your spice bags with this multi-tasking rod. Either invest in a 5-pack of matching S-hooks (about $3, IKEA), or shower curtain rings with mini clamps to grab onto spice bags. You can also double the length by connecting two rails using one bracket.
Wall-Mounted: Bulb Baskets
Bring onion and garlic bulbs out of the damaging refrigerator drawer and dark pantry corners. Hang them from your wall in one of these handcrafted steel wire baskets.
Countertop: Spice Rack With Erasable Labels
Keep tiny bottles of cumin and crushed red pepper from tumbling out of upper cabinets in an avalanche by emptying their contents into these lustrous jars. Then label each with a wet dry erase marker (included) and grab them at your food prep leisure. You can also mount the rack on your wall with the included wall toggles.
Countertop: Lazy Susans
No matter how many storage items you employ in your pantry, you’ll still play favorites by keeping the necessities to the front of shelves and storage units. Circumvent shoving bottles and containers aside by spinning them around on a Lazy Susan as you need them. When it’s time to entertain, bring this white marble version out for condiments or appetizers.
Countertop: Fruit Basket
Corral root vegetables or fruit in this airy basket that will still leave plenty of countertop storage room for other pantry fixtures. It’s even nice enough to bring out of hiding when entertaining.
Floor Space: Utility Cart
There’s no such thing as too many moving parts when it comes to pantry storage. Roll through the punches with bulkier dry goods by employing a hardwearing utility cart that’s small enough to fit into odd spaces or under floating shelves. This steel powder-coated find is a favorite amongst home bloggers for bathroom storage, bar carts, and more.
Floor Space: Step Stool
Give yourself a leg up for reaching your stacked can racks and other sky-high goods in your pantry—even the ones you stacked on top of your cabinets—with this sturdy three-step stool. Its handsome mahogany build features a safety rail for easy climbing and a design for folding flat when not in use. Plus, it’s the only wood step stool available that’s ANSI compliant. – This Old House
Interested in kitchen remodeling? Contact Medina Exteriors today, (330)591-4040