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The Pantry: Not Everything but the Kitchen Sink

May 1, 2018

The Pantry. By definition it’s: a small room or closet in which food, dishes and utensils are kept, but let’s be honest…has it become a catch all for more than what you intended it to be used for? Here are my favorite tips for pantry storage to help you leverage that valuable space - whether small or large - in the best way.  



If you’re going to have it, make sure you use it…




VISIBILITY: When it comes to storage in any area of the home, I always recommend clear or transparent solutions to ensure you know what you have, to in turn use what you have. This is especially important for the kitchen, when the items being stored - food, nuts, spices, etc. - have an expiration date. These transparent containers, which come in a variety of sizes, from oxo are my favorite for storing pastas, grains, seeds, and more for your favorite snack or meal. I share even more of my favorite pantry storage solutions on my earlier 5 Best Pantry Storage Solutions post.  


Source: @oxo Instagram


ACCESSIBILITY: Similar to being able to see what you have, it’s just as important to easily access what you have. Since it’s likely that you have a handful of spices that would take up significant pantry real estate, I love either this rotating-style 2-Tier Stainless Steel Lazy Susan or this tiered-style Linus Spice Rack spice rack storage solution, both available at The Container Store. All of your spices will have equal accessibility so none will be left behind or forgotten when hidden behind another on a pantry shelf. 

 Source: The Container Store


If you have a larger pantry, use it efficiently…


PRIORITIZATION: When prioritizing what goes where, consider what’s used most. All every day items should live on the pantry shelves that are eye-level or easiest to reach. The idea is to simplify! So make your most frequently used items the ones that you can easily grab-and-go.

Source: thekitchn.com (Image Credit: Leela Cyd)


BULK STORAGE: If space allows, the pantry is a great place to store larger items or less frequently used items.  Paper towels, party supplies (plastic utensils, cups, napkins, etc.), larger serving bowls and trays, and take out menus, to name a few, are all things that we have on hand, but don’t use daily. These items should be stored - in an organized fashion - on either harder to reach shelves at the top or bottom of the pantry for when you need them next. 

Source: Crate and Barrel


If you’re ready for your own pantry organization, you know who to call! 


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As a professional organizer in New York City, I believe in celebrating the things in life that make you happy and serve you well. I provide creative solutions to organizing small spaces (like New York apartments) that are both intuitive and simple to maintain. Look around for some inspiration! - Wendy