Tips to Make Your Space Functional and Stylish
Back-to-school season is here, which means it’s time to start making lunches again and having that giant supply of snacks at the ready. If your pantry tends to have boxes stacked on top of each other and a mix of canned goods, chips, and drinks together without any rhyme or reason, then today’s post is for you. Read on for our favorite ways to make pantry organization a cinch – you’re sure to have easy breezy morning school prep (and maybe a little extra time for yourself to enjoy that first steaming cup of coffee each day).
Tip #1: Go for Easy Accessibility
Have you ever noticed that the cereal aisle in the grocery store stocks all the kid-friendly (and sugar-y) cereals on the bottom shelves? That’s what we call kid-height friendly, and your pantry should definitely embrace that same concept. Use those upper shelves for the non-essentials or the items you don’t need every day (we’re looking at you, paper towels), and keep the lower shelves and drawers dedicated to easy-to-grab snacks and food. Not only will your kids love it, but they’ll also be way less likely to accidentally tip over that container of flour or break open your olive oil bottle (less mess is always the goal, wouldn’t you say?).
Tip #2: Use Drawers Whenever Possible & Create Countertop Space
Speaking of accessibility, to make your pantry as functional as possible, we’re big fans of incorporating drawers and countertop space. Aside from looking sleek & keeping the clutter out of sight, drawers eliminate you having to bend over to reach a bottom shelf or crawl into a cabinet to find what you need. Countertops, too, work wonders for a pantry by essentially extending your kitchen’s space; they provide an easy space to pack lunches or do a bit of meal prep right then and there, and it’s also a great way to store your extra small appliances in a convenient spot without cluttering your main kitchen countertops.
Tip #3: Simplify It Visually
As much as a pantry is at its core a space meant for function, it’s also nice to keep it looking sharp visually so there’s a seamless transition into the rest of your kitchen. The easiest way to do that is to first invest in uniform bins, containers, or baskets to give everything a streamlined look. Then, go ahead and ditch all those boxes and containers that all of your snacks and essentials come in. By keeping your items on display in individual wrappers, it makes it easier to know your inventory and it’s a lot quicker to find when you’re looking for at any given time. Oh, and one more thing – for an added organization trick, consider color coding your items. Your pantry will look like it’s straight out of a magazine (and the kids will love the fun color arrangements, too)!
Tip #4: Create a Menu/Note Area
Need a convenient way to keep a list of items to stock up on during your next grocery run? Install a menu/notes area right in your pantry. You can get creative with this, too, and use everything from a chalkboard or whiteboard to a calendar or a sleek roll of butcher paper.
Tip #5: Label, Label, Label
Finally, the key to making and keeping things organized in your pantry is to label everything. Whether you’re using a pared down label maker like you’d find in any office setting or investing in beautiful chalkboard signs that you can change up as needed, labels will make your life so much simpler. No more endless searches for that long lost tub of peanut butter or the extra package of sugar you swore you had on hand. Label everything, and voila! Your essentials are always easy to spot.
So, here’s to keeping things simple – because life’s too short to spend it digging through stacks of cheese crackers and pudding.