The best way to organize pull-out drawers for a pantry is to ensure you get maximum utility out of your available space. Depending on your kitchen’s design, your pantry may be small, around a corner, or blended in with your primary kitchen cabinets. Regardless of its layout, a disorganized pantry makes it challenging to find and use what you have. Get more use out of all your pantry space with these creative options suitable for free-standing shelves, islands, and countertop areas.
Use Clear Storage ContainersClear containers allow you to easily see what you have, which is half the battle. Pour dry goods into clear containers. Stacking storage containers help you maximize the space on a shelf. If you have more space, clear jars can be an attractive design feature on an open shelf.
Use Baskets, Shelves, Bins, and Racks as Pull-Out Drawers for PantryUsing containers to store similar products saves room and keeps your space organized. When choosing containers, consider your habits and activities:
- Are you a baker, or do you primarily stick to the stovetop?
- Does your family tend to consume snacks and other dry goods?
- Do you buy a lot of canned goods?
Door Rack StorageHanging a rack on the inside of your pantry cabinet door instantly gives you more storage space. Racks are great places for spices or your stash of granola bars.
Out of Sight, Out of MindHigher shelves in a pantry aren’t ideal spaces to store everyday items. The same is true for lower spaces and very deep shelves. It’s very easy to lose track of what is being stored. A simple rule of thumb is to have easy access to your most-used items. This means placing items at or around eye level and within reach.Pasta on a high shelf? Not a good idea. Take a moment for a quick audit of your existing pantry:
- How functional is your pantry area?
- Can you see everything?
- Do you have easy access to your most used items?
Pull-Out Drawers and ShelvesTo improve any pantry space, consider adding pull-out drawers and shelves. There are many premade slide-out shelves and drawers available online that can be fitted into your pantry cabinet. Sliding metal racks designed to fit next to cabinets, or between a refrigerator and cabinet, can be used to store items like spices.
User-Friendly Storage SpacesUnderstanding how to get the best use out of the space based on your daily habits and lifestyle is the key to making your pantry storage work for you. Having your most-loved groceries and everyday items within easy reach makes up a big part of the efficiency of your pantry. There are two concepts to keep in mind:
- Organizing your groceries
- Efficient, easy-to-access storage spaces