10 Tips to Create a More Organized Pantry

Organizing your pantry will free up space and make it seem larger.

The kitchen pantry is clutch for keeping your counters looking clutter-free. No matter what size pantry you have in your central Virginia home, it's safe to say you could use a little more space. But, what if it wasn't actually space you needed in the pantry, but rather, just a few streamlined organizational and storage solutions? Here at Charlottesville Closets, we've found that it's probably the latter. We have compiled our favorite pantry organization ideas that will maximize your pantry space and have you well on your way to a more organizes space.

10 Pantry Organization Ideas

1. Turn shelves into drawers. Drawers that pull out allow you to pack your pantry full of food without having to worry about losing your pasta sauce into the far back corner you can't reach. 

2. Hang a peg board. Instead of stacking heavy pots and pans on top of each other (and using up valuable shelf space) just install a pegboard on a free wall. Suddenly your heavy-duty items are on display and easy to grab.

3. Install drawer separators. To prevent all your bottles, cans, and other pantry items from toppling over in their respective drawers, purchase some drawer organizers that help keep them all in place.

4. Add a ladder or step stool. If you have a lot of vertical space, stretch cabinetry all the way to the ceiling. Adding a library style hanging ladder will add some style. However, a simple collapsible step stool can also help you reach those items stashed away close to the ceiling.

5. Convert deep cabinets to pull-outs. How do you reach the stuff that inevitably gets pushed all the way to the back of the pantry? Optimize your cabinets by removing the sides and turning them into pull-out drawers.

6. Label everything. Keep organization simple by using containers with leak-proof lids and then label them so you know exactly what's what.

7. Transform and unused wall or corner. Let's face it, sometimes you just need more space. If this is the case, takeover an unused corner in the kitchen or nearby hallway. and add more shelving. 

8. Utilize a variety of container sizes. As much as we love a consistent look, sometimes a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn't work, especially when staying organized is the goal. It's best to utilize a variety of different containers, baskets, bins depending on the item to be stored.

9. Add hooks to the side of your pantry door. Hang oven mitts, towels, and/or aprons. That way, you don't take up any drawer or shelf space with your linens.

10. Utilize door racks to add more space. The back of your pantry door is also a great place to add a rack to pot lids or spices. A door rack keeps these items neatly stored and readily accessible.

If you are in the market for a custom home pantry or other kitchen storage solution, contact Charlottesville Closets to schedule your free in-home consultation appointment.

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