An organized pull out pantry can be a busy parent’s best friend. If you are organizationally challenged, though (and let’s face it, most of us are), it can do little to save time. Here are some really simple tips to help you make the most of your pull out pantry. If you are looking to purchase quality, economical pull out shelves, contact DIY Shelfworks today.
How to Organize Your Pull Out Pantry in 5 Easy Steps
If you are always looking for ways to find more time in your day, then having a super organized pantry is going to be a big help, and it can be yours in 5 easy steps. Once you are finished organizing your kitchen pantry, why not try adding rolling shelves to your linen cupboard as well to save you extra time on laundry days?
Step 1: Convert Your Stationary Shelves to Convenient Pull Out Shelves
This first step may seem obvious, because you can’t have a pull out pantry if your pantry shelves don’t pull out. However, we’ve included it just in case you aren’t totally convinced that having sliding shelves can make that big of a difference to your kitchen’s efficiency. For all of you doubters out there, here are just a few of the many advantages to installing pull out shelves:
Save Time: As a busy parent, you’ll appreciate the time you will save making meals by being able to see everything on your shelf in a single glance.
Easier on Your Back: You’ll enjoy the fact that you will never again have to get down on your hands and knees to try and reach for something in the far corner of your pantry.
Save Money: If you are budget conscious, (and who isn’t?), you won’t be spending extra money on groceries that you don’t need; items won’t get lost in the back of your cupboards to go stale and you won’t be buying more of something that you already have.
Easy to Install: You can save even more money by installing pull out shelves yourself. Even if you are an amateur do-it-yourselfer, you can simply install pull out shelves in your existing pantry. The following video will show you how easy it is to do.
Step 2: Purge Before You Organize and Continue to Purge on a Regular Basis
The biggest pitfall to keeping your kitchen, or any room in your home, organized is having too much stuff that is never used and is taking up precious space. Getting rid of the excess can be difficult at first, but once you realize how amazing it is to have enough space for the items that you actually use, you will find it easier to purge on a regular basis.
Start by going through everything in your cupboards and throwing out anything that has expired. Next take a hard look at any products that are left and honestly ask yourself, “Am I ever going to use this?” If the answer is no, then donate it to a food bank or give it to someone that you know will use it. Repeat this purging process every few months. Eventually, you will find that the time that it takes you to do this will decrease as you learn to only purchase things that your family will actually use.
Step 3: Make a Plan and Stick to It
The key to effective organization is to make a plan and stick to it. Take a look at all of the items that you plan to store in your pantry after you have gone through your purging process. Group like items together. For example, put all of your larger canned goods in one group, smaller canned goods in another, and boxed items in another. Assign each group or combination of groups a different shelf in your pantry and make sure you stick to your system. Use the heights of your items to determine the depth of pull out shelves that you will require: the taller your item is, the deeper the shelf you should buy. This is so your taller items will have support and not topple over when the shelf is pulled out. This might seem like a lot of extra work, however, the additional time that this step takes initially will greatly pay off in the long run.
Step 4: Invest in Clear Containers
Clear containers are an effective and inexpensive way to further organize your pantry. They are great for storing items such as sugar, flour, and cereals as they are less likely to fall off the shelf when it is pulled out and they actually keep their contents fresher than the original packaging. In addition, they take up less space than the original packaging and it is easier to see when the contents are getting low and it’s time to buy more. Bins can also be used to help divide the spaces on your shelves. You could assign a separate bin to all of your pastas, all of your baking goods, or all of your snacks. You can purchase bins or containers from your local dollar store or thrift store. Better still, you might already have suitable containers on hand ready for re-purposing. For example, empty pickle or Mason jars work great!
Step 5: Labels
A final step in organizing your pull out pantry is to use labels. If your memory is anything like mine, you may remember which bins or containers you allocated to which items on the day that you made the plan, but a week later, you may have trouble remembering. You can purchase attractive labels which will make your containers look great and will help with any fading memory issues. Chalkboard labels are an especially great idea as you can erase and change what you have written without changing the label itself.
Let DIY Shelfworks Help You Convert Your Panty Into a Pull Out Pantry
Are you ready to convert your pantry into an organized pull out panty? DIY Shelfworks can help. DIY Shelfworks will custom make your very own gliding shelves to perfectly fit into your existing pantry. Our high-quality rolling shelves are 100% Canadian made and will be delivered to you in as little as two to three weeks through Canada Post. You can choose from either our premium 9-ply Baltic Birch or our more economical melamine shelves. They come in 3 shelf heights: 3″, 5″, or 7″ and have a limited lifetime warranty. Place your order today and get your kitchen pantry organized like never before.