Do you have a deep, closet-stye pantry? Does your food expire before you use it because you forgot about it because it was buried way in the back?
If your pantry has deep shelves, you probably can’t see everything you have in there. And if you can’t see that package of panco crumbs or that opened box of crackers, chances are pretty good for it will go rancid before it’s discovered again. Have you ever repurchased duplicate items and food stuff because you thought you were out but it was just lost on the back of the bottom shelf?
On this pantry project, we had a couple of challenges to address: the shelves were too deep and there weren’t enough of them. Only four shelves?! That’s definitely not enough for a pantry. We revamped his modest pantry in two important ways:
- we added two shelves
- we reduced the depth of the shelves by almost half
By making these two small adjustments, we created perfectly customized space, designed to store the staple items for this household. Now all items can be stored together according to kind, container type and size. Everything is in plain sight and easy to retrieve. It feels so much cleaner too!
I would encourage you to identify ways to make similar modifications to your deep pantry so it looks and feels more organized. The key is to assess your staples and see how you can make custom-tailored space for each category within your space to be easily seen and used. No more wasted food. See what you have. Use what you have.