Kitchen Design / October 23, 2018 / Khloe Stclair.
There are several ways to find more room in your kitchen pantry cabinets. It just takes a little methodology and systematic planning. Listed below are 15 ideas on making the most of your cabinet space.
1. Store dishes and plates vertically by installing rods they can lean against so they are resting upright.
2. For storing in a kitchen cabinet pantry, you might want to purchase stackable storage containers and remove those goodies from their packaging and put in airtight plastic containers to maximize space and keep your items fresh. The same could be done with cereal, removing it from its half-empty packaging. There is usually a lot of “air” in the packaging and the space that “air” takes up can be better utilized as storage space for another article.
3. Many smaller items can be stored in this manner so they will not take up shelf space and they can more easily found as well.
4. Rolling pull-out shelves will add space and ease of mobility to many items you need to reach and yet store in the back of a cabinet.
5. Clean your pantry cabinets out, every six months to one year. Check for expiration dates on products; if they have expired, toss them out. If you have multiples of an item and can't imagine the next time you'll have occasion to use them, set them aside and donate it to your local social service agency or food bank. Cleaning out the articles that tend to get collected can open up more space for needed items.
6. Kitchen wrap (tin foil, wax paper, parchment paper, plastic wrap, storage bags) are very useful in the kitchen, but they tend to become cumbersome to store. Opt for a stackable kitchen wrap holder that stores up to three levels vertically and neatly, taking up a lot less space.
7. Use as much vertical space as possible. Use pantry shelving to add layers to your kitchen cabinets. Using vertical space is one of the best ways to add more storage space to your kitchen area.
8. Soda and soup cans that are “round-packaged” can be accommodated very nicely with a can rack. Storing boxes by rolling them into their allotted spaces can take up a lot less room in your cabinets.
9. Lazy Susans, or turntables, can hold spices and other small ingredients. Being able to turn the table around to have access to any item easily makes them an ideal storage space helper.
10. Large drawers in a bottom, or base, cabinets can be situated to hold pots and pans.
11. A vertical spice rack that can stand up, be hung, or lean against the wall of a cabinet can collect small bottles of spices and herbs all in one place and retrieve more storage space for larger items.
12. You can customize your kitchen cabinets and put in a wine rack to hold your wine collection.
13. Make use of kitchen canisters to store flour, sugar, and tea. Use tall skinny containers for spaghetti or pasta products and shorter containers for beans and rice. As previously stated, there is a lot of air that comes into your home with the products you purchase. By removing the air, you will save on space.
14. Canned foods can be stacked. Any canned foods you decide not to put in a rolling rack can be stacked one on top of another, again using vertical space.
15. Make a list of the products you have and tape it to the cabinet door. When you use one of something, mark it off. If it is something you will need another of right away, add it to your grocery list. Using this method should help when you shop if you don't remember what you have in your cabinet. You don't want to get an item you already have six of if you don't need to.
By thinking and planning, and utilizing these 15 tips and ideas, you should be able to organize your kitchen pantry cabinets successfully. When your pantry organized, your kitchen will run more smoothly, and you can feel at ease about being prepared for nearly any situation. Kitchens are not only for working in; they are for enjoying your time spent there and relaxing as well.