Many homes have a dedicated pantry cabinet for storing canned goods and other ingredients, but many homeowners feel that they aren’t making the best use of their space. If you regularly have to move various bottles and boxes aside to find the one ingredient you really need, then you may be looking for advice on how to make better use of your space. Our team at McMillan Millwork & Joinery has 20 years of experience designing and installing cabinets, and in this article, we’ll be providing a few tips on how to more effectively organize your pantry.
- Use a Door Organizer- If you have limited kitchen space, then your pantry cabinet is probably smaller than you’d like. One way to get more use from the space you do have is to use a door organizer–you can install wire shelves on the back of your pantry door, or buy an organizer designed to hang over the top. These organizers are a great place to store spices and other small items.
- Consider Sightlines- Another tip for a better-organized pantry cabinet is to consider your sightlines–ingredients that you use frequently should go at eye level, while those that you use less often should go closer to the top or bottom of the space. In addition, it’s a good idea to use tiered racks to elevate items at the back to make sure that you can see everything you have. In our experience here at McMillan Millwork & Joinery, making sure that you can see all the items in your pantry is not only great for finding what you need, but it will also help you save money on ingredients.
- Save Your Corners- If your pantry cabinet has corner shelves, it can be difficult to prevent items from getting lost in those little-used areas. One effective strategy that we at McMillan Millwork & Joinery have seen for using these corner spaces is to place your items on a lazy Susan–with a rotating display, you won’t have to worry about anything being forgotten about.