When you have a large household, your kitchen is much more likely to become cluttered and messy, making it much more important to have a good storage system in place.
When you don’t have your pantry organized properly, you may spend too much money at the grocery store, buying items you already have and letting things expire before you can finish them.
With storage solutions from Art of Drawers, you’ll be able to easily access everything that you need, turning your kitchen into a much less stressful environment. Your kitchen should be a place that you want to spend time. And we can help you achieve that goal.
Utilize Bins, Baskets, and Canisters
Organization tools like bins, baskets, and canisters are great options for storing your bulk items, such as rice, cereals, and beans. Clear containers will help you to easily see how much you have left of something, making it easier to keep things stocked.
Bins and baskets are great for organizing smaller items like spices or snacks. If you have children, you should use a bin to store your kid-friendly snacks. That way, they can grab from that bin and go without having to rummage through the entire pantry.
Group Items by Use
Within your pantry, you should group items by purchase or into zones. Using zones will help to make items easier to find. You should keep all your pantry staples together, such as sugars, flower, pastas, and other baking ingredients. These are things that you reach for often, and things that are included in most meals.
You should always have a ready-to-eat area that has snacks and microwave meals at the ready for when you don’t feel like cooking. Another great zone is the canned foods zone. This zone should be pretty large, as you may have back-ups and large quantities of these items.
Use Pull-out Drawers To Keep Foods Accessible
Things can easily get lost within your pantry, which is why pullout drawers are so essential. Pullout drawers will maximize your storage space while making items easier to find. Instead of having to look over other items you’ll be able to pull out a drawer and see everything at the same time.
Buy in Bulk, But Only When It Make Sense
You should keep bulk items on hand for things that you use the most frequently, like rice and pasta. Foods that are considered staple will vary between households, so determine what your staples are and go from there. You shouldn’t purchase bulk items that will expire before you can consumed them to avoid wasted food and money.
Your pantry system should have built in storage space for your bulk item. And if it doesn’t, Art of Drawers can help you maximize available space in your pantry with customized organization solutions.
Use a Lazy Susan for the Hard to Reach Areas
If an area in your pantry is hard to reach, it might as well not exist. Using a lazy Susan will help you access the hard to reach areas of your stocked pantry, allowing you to spin around items to access everything you need without having to dig or reach for things.
Lazy Susans can be used on shelves or in cabinets. They’re a great option for corner cabinets, as they allow you to use the entire space properly.
Put Items for the Kids Down Low
If you have children, it’s a good idea to keep the snacks and meals for them on a lower shelf, so they’re able to access their food themselves. If they can’t reach their snacks, they may dig around looking for food. This can cause your kitchen pantry to become unorganized easily.
Separating baskets and shelf space by person is also a great way to organize foods, especially if you have family members who have different tastes, or family members who don’t like to share their snacks.
Keep In Mind Accessibility Solutions for Older Adults
If you live with an elderly relative, you’ll want to make sure that your kitchen and pantry are accessible for them too. A great way to do this is to put heavier items on lower shelves so they don’t have to lift them too high. If you don’t have lower shelves available, Art of Drawers and design and build custom pull-down shelving for accessible organization.
Pull-down shelves are a great option as they allow the entire contents of a cabinet to be pulled down to countertop level so items can be easily loaded and unloaded. Your kitchen should be easily accessible by everyone in the family. So don’t forget to keep your older family members or family members with disabilities in mind when crafting your pantry solutions.
Contact Art of Drawers for Pantry Organization and Storage Solutions
If you need help organizing your kitchen pantry and making it more accessible, Art of Drawers can help you achieve all your goals. We work with high-quality materials that last a long time. And our design team can help you craft the organization system of your dreams, making your kitchen the ultimate destination for family gatherings, cooking, and meal prep.
For more information and a free design consultation, contact us online or call us at 770-800 8410.
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