Last week I worked on a two day pantry project, most pantries take me 2-6 hours to complete but this one took two days because we had to remove all of the items, dismantle the existing pantry, sort and toss the items, and then install a new custom pantry. On this project I acted as a project manager by coordinating with a cabinet company, providing suggestions for the pantry layout, scheduling and supervising the handyman and the installation, and reorganizing the pantry.I started the makeover by removing all of the items and sorting them into categories on the dining room table. I checked all of the dates and tossed the expired items. Here is the pile up of pantry items that we decided to keep on the dining table…
Once I was done sorting, my handyman Robin removed the existing wire pantry and patched the walls. Holy Moly there were a lot of holes! It was nice to have a blank slate for a little bit!
The next morning the cabinet installer came to complete the installation. Here is the new pantry before I moved all of the food back in, isn’t it pretty?
Now for the before and afters! When I started the old pantry looked like this! It was JAMMED with food, things were piled on the floor and shoved on the shelves. It was my client’s least favorite room in the house. It may appear to you that I threw everything away but that is not true at all! Yes, there were items tossed but by placing all of the “like” items organized on the pantry shelves, all facing front just like at the grocery store. I also downsized messy bags of flour, sugar, and rice into slim canisters from Target. Enjoy!
It is so important to keep “like” items together, I chose to store the soup on a roll out shelf so that nothing gets lost in the back.
Isn’t this chip basket great? No more messy bags taking up tons of room on the shelves or the countertops.
I love to combine loose items like meal bars, oatmeal, and snacks in to clear bins to save space and provide a visual for what is in stock. There is nothing worse than reaching into a box of breakfast bars to find that it is empty!
I always tell my clients to take the time to remove soda cans from the packaging so they are more convenient to grab and go. Also, they take up less space and look neater.