Organising a small pantry doesn’t have to be something that you lose sleep over. A simple idea is enough to make the most of the space you have available, however small it may be. All you need is a few shelves and the right accessories. Simple, right? Yes, it is, and effective too!
When thinking about how to organise the pantry, the first thing you need to decide is how much space to leave between the shelves. If you’re planning to store large, heavy objects – a dinnerware set, vacuum cleaner, multiuse buckets, etc. – you’ll need to leave enough space on the floor, so as not to overload the shelves. The rest of the shelves will probably be used for non-perishable food items, so you don’t need to leave too much space. If anything, leave a shelf with enough room to store bottles.
Now that you’ve arranged your shelves, how do you organise them so that everything you need is easy to find, and your pantry stays well organised? If you’re not careful, cartons, tins and jars will start to pile up until the shelves are too full and you can’t find the things you’re looking for. A good idea for avoiding this is to use drawer dividers with different compartments. This way, it’s easy to store similar products together and keep them organised at the same time. You can use as many dividers as necessary, while leaving free space for bulkier products, such as kitchen roll or laundry detergent.
The pantry is a good place to store the dustpan and brush, so it’s right at hand but not on display or in the middle of the room. If you have enough space to lean them against the wall, then perfect! If not, or you prefer to make better use of the space, you can store them behind the door, by affixing some hooks to the door and hanging the dustpan and brush through the hole in the handle. If you use a dustpan with a stick, you can find a folding one in any good hardware store, so that it doesn’t stick out when hung on the door. These door hooks are also suitable for hanging aprons.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a pantry at home, you shouldn’t have to give up any of your cupboard space. Below we show you how to make a pantry in the kitchen, even when it seems like you have no space.
The pantry doesn’t have to be a specific space, nor only one place. You can distribute things between all the nooks and crannies found in the kitchen: the corners are usually a good spot; behind the door; on the table; between the window and the wall… Wherever there’s the tiniest bit of space, you can improvise a storage solution, either with a cupboard or shelf. And to keep everything well organised and in its correct place, the same trick as before: drawer dividers. The different sizes, materials and finishes allow you to choose the option that best suits both the products you want to store and the design of your kitchen.
As we’ve just seen, you don’t have to move everything around or spend a lot of money furnishing your pantry. Once you’ve decided what it is you want to store, you can create a successfully organised pantry with just a few shelves and the right accessories.