This may be my favorite door in my house. We found this beauty in a barn and I just knew it had to be for my pantry when we made my new kitchen. On the other side of this pantry is a closet and it was so deep so we used half of it for a pantry when we designed our new kitchen.
Here is a peek inside:
One of my New Year’s Goals was to organize my house and I had mentioned looking for some type of plan you can read that post here. I am following A Bowl Full of Lemons 2016 organizing plan. This week was the pantry. Ok, in my last house my pantry was double the size and I bought plastic cereal containers and containers for boxes of crackers. That didn’t work for us! I never filled them expect for the day I got them, so they just took up room and made it a mess. So for this pantry I just wanted to be able to grab and go. And because I have 3 kids with busy schedules they feel the same.
Below are my favorite cubes. I had them embroidered from Thirty-One Gifts.
My daughter has to eat Gluten Free so this is where I add all of her snacks and special food. The other one says “School Snacks” This is my favorite pantry item. Now, I don’t ever have to be the snack police. I found myself always saying, “no, please don’t eat that snack, that is for school lunches”. Now they know if they want to still live in this house that cube is off limits!!! There’s nothing worse than on Monday morning you go to put snacks in the lunch box or they do, and there is nothing to pack because the night before the football team was over and had some food!
On the middle shelf I have all the snack food that is the “help yourself ” shelf!
I also have to have a shelf for my kitchen appliances:
I like to have space for my favorite kitchen appliances because at least once a week, I clean off the counter tops and I don’t like anything on them except fresh flowers.
Over the breakfast shelf I have a sign that says “Start each day with prayer”, along with your healthy breakfast choice of course!
My Tips for a “Grab and Go pantry”
- We like to be able to “see” everything when we open the door. If it is too stuffed with stuff then things don’t get eaten and go bad or we can’t find things!
- Don’t bother buying fancy food holders and containers chances are if you are a busy family you won’t take the time to fill them and then they will just add more work for you.
- Have room for your favorite appliances. The ones you use daily or at least once a week. I have other fun appliances like a doughnut maker and waffle maker that we maybe use three times a year, so those kind get stored in the basement.
- Put your “cooking food” in your cabinets. I have cabinets organized for baking, canned goods, dry goods and we love pasta in our house so we have a whole cabinet filled with our favorite pastas and ingredients for those types of dishes.
- BEFORE you do anything make sure you clean the shelves. Wipe them down and while your food and appliances are on your counter-tops start organizing every thing and purge old food and donate non-perishable foods that you just know you won’t eat!