Utilising effective kitchen storage is one of the biggest considerations people make when planning a kitchen, but – often in older kitchens – habits that develop over time can mean that the available storage is not used to its full potential.
A pantry cabinet is a wonderful addition to any home and – whether you are fitting a new kitchen or simply looking to make the most of the space you have available – organisation is key when filling up the drawers or shelves. An inadequately arranged pantry will be difficult to clean and can lead to wasted food and money, as items may go out of date when out of sight at the back of a cabinet and unnoticed products are repurchased unnecessarily. We have compiled our top tips for ensuring the largest cabinet in your kitchen works as hard as possible to provide effective storage for you and your family.
- When decanting dry goods into airtight containers, opt for square shaped storage. You may have seen lots of pictures in magazines and online of beautifully organised pantries stacked with cylindrical jars to keep items like flour, sugar, rice, pasta and cereals fresh and organised. The problem with round jars is that they will always leave gaps – and this is where square containers come in. A square or rectangular container will make the most of the space available, which is perfect if your pantry cabinet is too small to only hold a few items per shelf.
- Clear containers are ideal as it is easy to see if items need replacing or topping up – this can help save money, as it should prevent anything that is surplus to requirements from being purchased.
- Shelves is not always the most efficient use of space as the items at the back can be forgotten about. Our Blum Space Tower has a number of drawers that slide forward allowing you to easily see the items you have. Pull-out baskets are a great option if you already have a pantry cabinet that you are looking to optimise, as they work in the same way as drawers would.
- If you do not use pull-out baskets or drawers, ensure smaller items are at the front of the shelf with larger products at the back so it is always easy to see exactly what you have.
- Using labels will allow you to see at a glance what you have and where you have it stored – this is particularly useful for products stored in baskets or bins and anything you have chosen to keep in uniform jars. Chalkboard labels are a popular option with bloggers, and they provide a practical option that can be changed easily – as well as plenty of rustic charm.
- Labelling shelf edges can be an easy way to make sure you keep your pantry cabinet organised. Choosing a few store-cupboard staples and assigning spaces to them will mean everything has a place and it will be easier to ensure everything is put away properly.
There are also a number of products that exist to ‘fill the gaps’ in your cabinet, from wine glass racks to bakeware organisers and everything between. Our solid oak spice rack is a fantastic way to utilise what would otherwise be wasted space on the back of the cupboard doors.
These are just a few ways to keep your pantry cabinet organised. If you have your own tips you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch on Facebook or Twitter – alternatively, you could let us know in the comments below!