One issue that a lot of homeowners face is that they struggle with disorganised and messy pantry areas in their homes.
While it’s understandable that most pantries can be a little over cluttered, they don’t necessarily need to look disarrayed. If you’re wondering how to efficiently organise your pantry in a neat and tidy way, I’ve got some excellent ideas for you. These pantry decor ideas are tried and tested and will give you the results you’re after.
Here’s everything you need to know:
A designated space for the pantry
Before we get into the details of how you should organise your pantry, you need to make sure that you have a specific space in your kitchen that is designated as the pantry area.
A lot of people make the mistake of storing utensils, crockery and cutlery and food items in several different cabinets and drawers that are spread through the kitchen. Doing this will only create further confusion and chaos. The best way to proceed when it comes to kitchen storage is by designating a pantry space.
Having a designated pantry space will make it much easier for you to keep track of your food items and other utensils.
Make proper zones for items
If you’re just going to stock everything randomly on the shelves of your pantry, it is going to cause major problems for you later.
You won’t be able to find something when you need it and you may need to empty out a large part of the pantry to find a specific item. The best way to organise your kitchen pantry is by making sure that you allocate specific zones for specific items. For instance, your dry fruits can be laid out in one corner of the pantry, snacks can be kept together in one corner, different types of pasta can be placed together on a particular shelf and so on.
Storing dry foods in see through containers
Dry food items like sugar, flour and other such products need to be stored in see-through containers or glass containers so that you can keep a proper track of the quantities that are left of each item. Refilling depleting dry food containers becomes easier when you can easily see the quantities that are remaining of each item. Further, you also need to plan your storage in such a way that items that you use on a regular and daily basis should be easily accessible and at the forefront of your pantry.
Perform a cleaning ritual
One mistake that a lot of homeowners create is that they don’t spend the time to perform a cleansing ritual for their pantry. You must to make sure that you clean out your pantry from time to time. When cleaning out the pantry, get rid of food items that have crossed their expiry date, refill depleting boxes of dry foods, donate canned foods that are extra and so on. Also, make sure that you thoroughly dust the pantry and clean it before restocking the place.
Labelling can prove to be very effective
You need to ensure that all the items that are stored in the pantry are properly labelled. Labelling proves to be effective not only for you but also for other people in the household. Labelling the items will make it easier to find them and put them back in their proper place. If you don’t have a label maker machine, you can use simple sticky tags on the containers and label these tags with a black permanent marker. Make sure that you label each and every one of the containers that you keep in storage.
Decorate your pantry a wee bit
If you’re lucky enough to have a largely-sized pantry, you can decorate the space a wee bit. Installing artificial landscaping products in the pantry area can give the space a less cluttered appeal. You can install an artificial ivy wall in the pantry to give the surroundings that natural and mesmerizing appeal. Faux hanging plants are also an excellent option if you have limited decor space in the pantry. If your pantry has high ceilings, you can put large artificial outdoor trees in the corners of the pantry. You can also place artificial flowers around the pantry to add colour to space.
Prepare a list for the pantry
In order to prevent confusion and chaos, keeping a proper list of all the items that you have in the pantry is essential. You can tack the list to the door of the pantry and keep updating the list as and when you need to. A printed list or a handwritten list will come in handy when you are going grocery shopping. With the help of this list, you will be able to restock your pantry in a hassle-free way as and when you need to.
Paint the pantry walls as you like
At the end of the day, the pantry is yours and yours alone. You can brighten it up by painting the walls in bright and vibrant colours. You can select shades of blue, green, yellow and other such captivating colours to liven up the pantry. If your pantry walls don’t have any storage racks installed on them, you can also get a professional artist to paint a beautiful and scenic nature painting directly onto one of the walls. When selecting wall paints for the pantry, make sure the colours you choose are in sync with the rest of the decor of your home.
There you have it, simple and easy ways to organise and decorate your pantry. These tried and tested ideas are extremely effective and will prevent any confusion and disorder that you may be facing otherwise. The kitchen pantry should always be well organised so that the members of the household don’t have any hassles in case unexpected visitors show up for a meal, or food items are needed in the case of an unforeseen emergency. Start making these changes in your kitchen pantry today!
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