kitchen

Perfecting Your Pantry

Empty it out. 

- Discard all expired items (don't be embarrassed of what "vintage" items you may find!)
- Sort items into categories of similar items
- Throw away partially used open boxes of food

Sort into categories that work for you. 

- Group by meal (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, desserts)
OR
- Group by type (grains, canned veggies, snacks, etc.)

Contain it all.

- Baskets, bins or containers
- Clear jars add visibility to how much of each item you have on hand (and are typically much prettier than the package the items came in
- Various sizes to fit each shelf space or specific item
- Personal preference: clear, all uniform containers, mix of different styles
- Use vertical space by incorporating stackable/multi-level storage (Two Tier Lazy Susan
- Wire baskets allow fruit/veggies to aerate (Decorative Wire Basket)

Here are a few ideas for containers:

Put it back in an intentionally neat way. 

- Items you use together- store near each other
- Items that you want your little ones to access- store on lower shelves
- Items you rarely use- store up high
- Items you use very regularly- store right at your eye sight level 

Enjoy a little gallery of some pretty pantries we've organized!

Tips to keep order in your pantry.

-Designate a place for a grocery list visible to everyone, so when an item runs out - you put it on the list right then! 
- Storing items with potential to spill in solid bottom containers will make clean up easier, in case of a mess. 
- Invest in labels (or create your own) for your pantry containers, to make sure everything stays in it's place. 
- Give your pantry a deep refresh each season (or monthly if you're able) by purging and rearranging according to what the current season requires. 
- Once a quarter, wipe clean each container to remove the crumbs or sticky handprints that have accumulated. 

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pantry inspiration

When you're in a space that makes you feel happier, you tend to feel a little more inspired...and maybe even a little more motivated. Let's talk about a tidy pantry. I don't know about you, but when each kitchen utensil, appliance, and food item is in it's rightful place, it motivates me to not only eat healthier but to spend more time in the kitchen! 

Today we are sharing a few ordered pantry images to inspire a happier pantry.

Switching your stock pantry items into glass jars is a great way to display your food. The task may seem daunting, but once the chore is complete your pantry will instantly feel fresh and your food can easily be located in just a glance. 

Another great way to freshen up your pantry is to store items such as onions and potatoes in decorative baskets or accessible bins. Also, try putting your fruit in wire or mesh containers. 

Grab a trash bag, a few air tight containers and start creating a happier pantry! Who knows, you may be so inspired that you'll also organize your refrigerator!

 

Stay tuned, our Interior Designer is upgrading her pantry. More to come soon! 

Ingredients for an Organized Kitchen

Before you get overwhelmed, we promise there are small projects to re-order and organize your kitchen that you can tackle today. Here are a few suggestions: 

Display family recipes. The kitchen might be an unlikely yet perfect place for a gallery wall of framed recipes. If you don't have ample wall space, the kitchen counter can be a great place to display one or two favorite family recipes in frames. 

Eliminate unnecessary duplicate items. If you have more than one can openers, mixers, blenders, etc. they are probably taking up space in your kitchen without adding functionality.  Depending on how often you cook and for how many people, think about the quantity of baking dishes, pyrex bowls, wooden spoons, and spatulas you really need. Chances are, you have a favorite few dishes that you use regularly. 

How much tupperware is too much tupperware? Depending on the size of your family, two of the sizes of tupperware containers you use most frequently are plenty to have on hand! To avoid collecting excessive plastic wear- put your last name on them so you know which ones are yours and which ones need to be returned to friends. It might be time to purge all of your old mismatched plastic food containers and start fresh with a new set! 

Consider proximity. Each appliance has a host of items that are most frequently needed nearby. Ideally, you would be able to grab what you need right where you are while cooking. By the microwave, having your microwave safe bowls and plates is a good idea. Cabinets near the refrigerator are best utilized by storing your everyday glasses and cups. If you have a few drawers near the pantry, those are perfect for all of your Ziplock baggies and tupperware. Near your oven, we suggest storing pots, pans, baking dishes, hot pads, your apron and a good spoon rest! (Anthropologie has a few swoon-worthy spoon rests, World Market has a variety of affordable options too.) 

Also think about accessibility. Are the people who need access to specific items, able to reach them where they are stored? The higher shelves are perfect for fragile glass wear, seasonal or occasionally used serving pieces. Of course, knives should be kept far away from the edge of the counter.

For your drawers: dividers. These little storage tools come in variations of material and sizes. Whether you want wooden, plastic, or wire dividers they keep your kitchen tools and utensils in easy to grab sections. Choose ones that a) fit in your drawers and b) fit the decor of your kitchen. 

Let's talk pantry. To create order, print simple labels for your shelves and bins. Leveled steps are great for cans and jars. Each week before you grocery shop, assess what food is old and toss it. Place items that are close to the expiration date at the front of the shelf.  Practice keeping these perishables in one area to avoid them getting shoved to the back and forgotten.

For refrigerator organization - check out this link.

 

Add a little personal flavor to your kitchen...

You can do it! Pour yourself a mug of coffee or a glass of champagne and turn on your favorite tunes. Happy kitchen organizing! 

Also, check out our Father's Day Gift guide post from last year.