We live in a 1960's ranch-style home. It has a closet in every single room of the house, built in dressers, but had nothing even close to a pantry space in it. I had to have a space for one, but the way our kitchen is set up, it was nearly impossible. So instead, we turned our hallway closet, which is right off of the kitchen, into one. While it's not large, it does the job for now. Someday I would love to redesign our kitchen and put in a walk-in pantry. Look at these wonderful pantries that have inspired me:
This pantry is elegant and spacious. Perfect!
This pantry must belong to a large family. Maybe the Duggars? :)
Another option if you don't have pantry space. Put up some shelving and organize with various jars and containers. Country Chic!
This pull-out pantry wouldn't be my first choice, but is another great option if you lack space.
What a charming country walk-in pantry. I love the baskets and organized jars. I could plan some great dinners out of a pantry like this!
Here's a pantry you can tell is used on a daily basis. Organized and full to the brim.
I find real satisfaction in having my household organized (not that it always is!) Whether it be the linen closet, pantry, dresser drawers, or even the dog's toys, I want everything to have a place. I believe that you not only get more done when things are well organized, but you'll be happier doing it. Clutter and chaos in your home create clutter and chaos in your head! All it takes is a little work and a few bucks after a trip to the dollar store. It seems like a minor thing, but family meals are an important part of the day. The pantry is where they start! Here are some great tips I've found to make organizing your pantry easy and attractive:
~Hang a wallboard somewhere in or near your pantry to keep track of items you need to purchase for the week. It can be a dry/erase, chalkboard, corkboard, etc. You can also put a coupon organizer near the list. Clip them as soon as you get them in the mail and have them ready to go.
~A pantry space should be kept cool and dry. You don't want it near a heat source or where the sun will beat on it.
~Have baskets or designated shelves to group together items (baking goods, cereals, soups, etc.) I have a drawer for sugary snacks and a drawer with healthy snacks. I keep all of the baking goods on my top shelf in airtight containers.
~Label! If anything, it'll help the rest of the family know where to put the goods when they are helping you unload the grocery bags. It looks nice too :)
~To keep bugs from getting in your goods, place bay leaves in various places throughout the pantry. Another great tip from Martha! If you have fruit flies, try an open container of white vinegar for a couple of days.
~Keep an empty basket in the pantry. The night before, set all of the ingredients for tomorrow's meal in the basket. If you have a recipe to go with it, put that in there also. When you get home from work, it's ready to go.
~Place small packets/containers in see through containers grouped together with a label
Pantry Challengers!! Check them out...
1~ Linda is up to the challenge...
2~ Mannie (what a cute name) is going to be cooking up a storm along with us!
3~ Melissa doesn't yet have a pantry, but you don't need one to join in...
4~ Lisa is blogless, but she's not too chicken to hit that pantry (like some of you, coughcough LIZ cough cough!
5~ Corgi Dog Mama , who is one of the kindest bloggers I know, isn't just joining, she also has her own giveaway going on. Check it out!
6~ Becca already has a delicious recipe made..mmmmm!
7~ Mandy shared a wonderful recipe to use up those ingredients.
~8 DD is joining the party :)
9~ Erin has pantry photos and some great recipes up!
10~ Check out Liz's reorganized pantry. Looks great!
~11 Linda at Restyled Home has a wonderful pantry inspiration entry.
~12 Courtney dove right in and cleaned hers up!
~13 Using up her inventory and staying away from the store, Robin has this thing down!
~14 YOU'RE next! Go look at that pantry and all the stuff stacked up in there...time to clean out and bake, bake, bake!
**Just a note: Sometime this week my new blog design will be installed, so be on the lookout for some changes. Also, things might appear wonky for a day or two until I get it organized!