How to organise an awkward pantry space23 Oct 2019
An organised pantry can have a profound effect on the way a kitchen operates and for many families it is can be difference between cooking a meal at home, eating out or ordering in a takeaway meal.
Although it is the dream of many to have a large, walk-in style pantry, a large space is not essential to create a functioning and organised pantry. Even the smallest and most awkward of spaces can be practical and functional!
When organising any space for myself or my clients, I have the philosophy that you should be able to reach anything within a space with a single hand, that is, you shouldn’t have to move anything find what you are looking for. This is vitally important with pantries, particularly the smallest and most awkward pantry spaces.
Here are some favourite tips and tricks to tackle some commonly seen awkward pantry spaces:
A deep and narrow pantry
Deep pantry cupboards are one of the most common pantry issues that professional organisers come across and they can be often an extremely difficult space to use without blocking the visibility of the back of the cupboard.
However, these awkward spaces can be very easily be converted into a highly functioning pantry space with the use of some clever and inexpensive pantry organisers.
- In a narrow pantry, avoid placing items directly onto the shelf, rather use baskets or other organisers to group like items together. This enables you to move the basket from the pantry to the kitchen bench to help you find the items that you need more quickly.
- Try a combination of expandable pantry shelf helpers, pull-out or undershelf baskets. In this instance, the objective is to maximise the storage space whilst providing the ability to see and reach everything in the pantry with ease. You should be able to remove each basket without having to move any other basket within the pantry.
- Choose containers with strong handles and that are appropriate for the weight of the items that you wish to store. Howards Storage World's Mimi organisers are ideal to store heavy items such as oils, vinegars and other liquids or larger items like packets of pasta, savoury biscuits and chip packets, whilst baskets similar to the Marie storage basket are ideal for smaller lighter items like packet sauces and seasonings.