Simply Done: A Simply Beautiful Pantry

May 17

Whether I’m contacted to unpack a kitchen or re-organize one that over time has spun out of control, it’s a space I love to work in. Because we spend so much time in our kitchens, they are generally an area that clearly shows the love a little more than we prefer. I’m a sucker for a good kitchen Cinderella story…where a kitchen that was previously out of hand has been re-organized, revamped and renewed. I love to see the kitchen owner find a new spark for cooking because their kitchen is organized and functioning efficiently. But there’s an equal amount of stress, chaos and clutter involved when you move into a new home and into a kitchen your unfamiliar with. Maybe a kitchen that’s larger (or smaller) than your previous one. You don’t know where to begin or how to put it all away.

Recently I was contacted by the sweetest mother of 3. After moving into a new home, she found herself overwhelmed with the idea of setting up a new kitchen. And she has little time to do it herself because she’s a work-at-home mom with her youngest at home all day. She’s juggling nap time schedules and pre-school / elementary school carpool times. Plus unpacking the rest of her home! There just isn’t enough hours in the day to get it done. And when it’s your kitchen, you want it done. Now. I was more than happy to help her! And more than excited to make one area of her home not only run smoothly, but be simply put together for the sake of finding things…and putting things away too!

We did an overall kitchen set up that I’ll share when we’re completely done. There’s a few spots remaining that need the help of a contractor. But in the meantime, I’m excited to share her newly organized pantry. She has a modest pantry that takes up a corner of the kitchen. When they moved, she packed food categories into bins and set up the pantry in a way she could at least get to what was needed…

A Simply Organized Pantry

After a little organization and minimal product, here’s the after…

A Simply Organized Pantry

In any pantry I organize, it’s about zones. Heck, beyond just a pantry…every space in your home functions better when there are zones, where like items are huddled together. And that’s pretty much what’s going on right here!

When corners are involved, lazy susan’s are a great option to make the most of the awkward nooks…

A Simply Organized Pantry

I huddled together oils, sauces, nut butters, jellies and jams onto a few inexpensive lazy susan’s

A Simply Organized Pantry

For her toddler’s pureed fruits & veggies, I chose a divided turntable

A Simply Organized Pantry

To keep categories together while also allowing her to easily find things, we chose clear pantry bins and open stacking bins

A Simply Organized Pantry

And we made use of containment she already owned like shelf risers and ceramic canisters

A Simply Organized Pantry

Frequently grabbed for items, like chips or cracker boxes, in many cases don’t even need containment. She opted to leave them on the shelf, which is a fine choice!

To make the most of her pantry space, we moved her spices to the cabinet next to the stove…which is a likely spot she’d be grabbing for one anyway. These were organized with a simple canned food riser

A Simply Organized Pantry

A Simply Organized Pantry

I added another riser to the cabinet left of the stove to store her small supply of baking spices and sprinkles…

A Simply Organized Pantry

Previously her spices and baking items were tangled in with the larger pantry foods. Organizing them this way allows her to find them easily and not allow these smaller items to get lost in the shuffle. And that means nothing goes to waste either!

Gorgeous, right? Just a beautiful kitchen she can enjoy her time cooking in!…And not stressing over!

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