Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
The kitchen pantry, a space with the most potential and with often the most clutter. Pantries are a hidden gem in your home and can be utilized to the fullest to accommodate a wide variety of needs. A good pantry is essential to a well-organized kitchen design and can also save time when cooking for the family. They allow us to keep our kitchen counters clutter-free and provide storage for those awkward sized serving platters. Whether you have a pull-out pantry or a butler’s pantry here are some helpful tips to better utilize the space you have and some pantry designs that might inspire you if you are looking to upgrade.
Best organization tips
Starting fresh. Sometimes the best thing to do is completely empty out the space so you can see what you have, what needs to go and what you will have left to put back.
Utilize storage containers. Whether it is baskets, clear bins or storage cubes, containers are the number one recommended organization tip to keep things from becoming an out-of-control mess. Labeling each container is another added benefit that will prevent you from having to pull out each bin when looking for a specific item.
Groups. Things that belong together should stay together. For example, place all of your canned goods in the same bin or shelf and keep all of your dry ingredients together. This means there will be less hassle when looking for the needed items in your next delicious creation.
Remember the little ones. Kids have a habit of rummaging through things without putting it back in order afterward. By placing a kid-friendly bin in an easy to reach area that is filled with snacks for them, they can find what they need without making a mess.
Back of the door. This little life hack utilizes the space behind the door to maximize the storage of small, lightweight items such as spices, pasta, and dry goods.
A Butler’s pantry is a great option for having some extra prep space and storing those larger items such as mixers and crockpots. Because of the additional space, they can also be the perfect place to have your beverage bar at the next party.
Basket storage. This allows you to have and keep the space organized while still keeping it looking great. This is especially helpful if you have an open, more exposed pantry.
Walk-in pantries continue to be the favorite choice as they offer the best blend of options. With these, you can easily store those larger items, group similar ingredients together and even have a prep area so that the kitchen remains free and clear.
Pantries have become an essential part of kitchen designs and the many options available means there is one that is suited to your particular needs. Browse through our kitchen gallery or visit hereto get some inspiration before you start your project. We believe it is important to understand the purpose of each space we design which is why we dedicate so much time to learning the needs of our clients. How can we help you discover the best options for your next project?