Kitchen pantry storage can seem the perfect answer to clutter on the counter tops and in other kitchen shelves. However, if your pantry is getting disorganized, it may be time for some new designs that will make pantry organization that much easier. Depending on the amount of space you have and what will work best, here are some guidelines and ideas to get started.
Step 1 - Clear the Clutter
Before undertaking any pantry redesign, it is advised to clean out all those items that will only get in your way later. Clear everything out onto a nearby counter top. Begin to group things together by meal category, and make two shopping lists: one for food items you need to replace and one for the storage shelves, containers, labels, etc. you plan to use.
Do not hesitate to throw out what you will no longer use, and consider storing larger items elsewhere such as the garage or basement if you have one. These first steps will go a long way in keeping your pantry storage design from becoming overwhelming.
Step 2 - Utilize Door Space
If you have a larger pantry with a door, consider investing in a storage rack for spices, water bottles, and other items that can be difficult to store. This rack can be hung on the inside of the door, and many of these now come with simple hooks for the top and do not require any installation with screws or clamps. If your pantry lacks a door and there is room for one, consider having one added.
Step 3 - Add Shelf Dividers
Pantry shelves can be notorious for becoming disorganized quickly, and shelf dividers can be a possible solution for this problem. Basket drawers found in any home/office store department can work perfectly for this, simply by placing them on your shelves and filling them with food items by category. These drawers are available in different sizes, so you can match them with the sizes of what you are storing.
Step 4 - Use the Space You Have
If you are in a smaller home where kitchen space is at more of a premium, there are still some pantry design options that have proven very helpful. If you have a large enough cabinet, consider installing a pull-out pantry; this compact feature rolls in and out, providing storage shelves where you can store items that require no refrigeration.
If you have a blank wall area close to the kitchen, you also have the option of installing a utility cabinet. These are available in a wide variety of sizes, and they have limitless variations of storage drawers, racks, and shelves. Look for a utility cabinet where you can pick and customize these to make the best use of its space. Attach the cabinet to the wall with one or two feet of space to allow for additional storage of larger items that will not easily fit in the drawers or on the shelves.
Step 5 - Other Shelving
If you do not have the wall space for a utility cabinet, create your own pantry space with bracket shelves in your kitchen itself. Also check if you can add rolling carts with drawers underneath. These can also be used in any other type or size of pantry as well.