As many of us follow the current guidelines associated with the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s clear to see that daily habits are changing. Shopping habits in particular have adjusted, with many people now buying enough goods to last a week or two at a time. While this is a great idea, it can be a struggle to work out where to store everything, especially if the space in your pantry is limited.
Fortunately, there are several ways to make the most out of the space that you have, and there’s never been a better time to reorganize your pantry than now! So, check out our top 10 tips that will help you fit everything in.
Waste No Shelf Space!
Shelf space is important, and every inch counts. Try creating adjustable shelves that can be used to house different items. Use shallow shelves to house things like jars of spices or canned goods, while taller shelves are for cereals, spaghetti, and other larger items. If you cannot adjust your shelves, you can still store smaller items on tall shelves. Simply attach under shelf baskets so that you can make the most out of the space above the jars and tins below.
Use Tupperware Containers
Tupperware containers come in many shapes and sizes, and are a great way to organize your pantry, as you can see exactly what is in each container. They’re ideal for dry goods such as rice, flour, or cereal, and with matching sets, your pantry will look super smart. Look for airtight containers to ensure the contents last as long as possible. A final bonus is that they typically take up far less space than the original packaging.
Utilize All Available Wall Space
Like shelf space, wall space is valuable in a smaller pantry, so be sure to make use of all of it. A super simple solution is to screw stationary baskets to the wall. These can be used to hold a wide variety of jars, bottles, or anything else that can’t fit on the shelves. Hooks are another good idea, and can be used to hang utensils, or even a shower organizer, which can be transformed into a makeshift spice rack.
Use the Back of the Door
The back of the door is another great place to store various knick knacks. Try screwing in some hooks and hanging things like oven mitts, tea towels, or aprons. Alternatively, by fixing a shoe organizer to the door, you suddenly have a number of pockets that can be used to hold jars, packets of chips, or any number of things. Finally, the back of the door is also a great place to store pan lids. A simple DIY frame can be fitted, allowing you to store all of your lids in one convenient place.
Work in Layers
When stocking your shelves, it’s essential that you work in layers. So, keep taller items at the back, and shorter ones at the front. In this way, you can see what you have, and won’t lose things so easily. To store several things that are the same size on one shelf, use shelf risers to elevate the items at the back of the shelf.
Use Bins for Bulk Items
Whether it’s bags of chips or a few pounds of potatoes, it’s a good idea to buy a few larger bins to store them in. This keeps them all contained in one place and prevents them from spreading around throughout the rest of the pantry. Just be sure to rotate your stock, and put the oldest goods at the top when it comes to refilling them.
For a simple solution to shelf problems, why not replace them with pull-out drawers? This makes it easy to find everything you need, and eliminates the problem of things getting lost at the back of the shelf. It’s also a great DIY project to keep you busy.
Don’t Forget the Ceiling
Okay, so we’ve made the most of the walls, door, floor, and shelves, but there’s still more space to use! The ceiling is often overlooked, but it can be a good place to screw in some trays for holding lesser used items. Alternatively, screw or glue some jar lids to the ceiling, and attach small jars filled with things like stock cubes.
Try Lazy Susans
Never lose a pack of spices in the corners of your shelves again! By adding rotating Lazy Susans to the corners of your shelves, you can simply spin it around and effortlessly grab whatever is ‘stuck’ in the corner.
Use a Peg Board
If space allows, it’s a great idea to fix up a pegboard. This can be used to hang pots and pans, freeing up some valuable cabinet space in the kitchen.
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