When you aren’t blessed with enough storage space in your kitchen, sometimes you just have to create it yourself!
Our home, like many older homes, was not blessed with a great deal of kitchen storage. When we decided to do some remodeling in this space, we had hoped to add in more, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible without tearing down walls and re-arranging the entire space.
We simply did not have the budget to do that, so instead, we decided to use the space we had but do so a bit more ‘smartly’.
The first step in doing so was to declutter. That meant going through each cabinet and throwing out or donating any and all items that we either don’t use or were in disrepair and just taking up real estate we needed.
That job was mine and I must say it was EXTREMELY enjoyable! It truly was so liberating to downsize and keep only what I absolutely needed and get rid of all the excess!
Once that was job was completed it was time to re-organize each cabinet with the items that I kept. (I’ll be sharing more on that in another post.)
Part way through the organizing stage I was actually shocked to find that I had cabinet space to spare and that’s when inspiration hit me!
One thing I had always dreamed of having in this kitchen was a walk in pantry. But again, that just wasn’t an option in the space we had.
What was an option now though, was a large cabinet that I had freed up completely after decluttering.
The cabinet is conveniently located right above our coffee station and beside our grocery list chalkboard. Since I already had a cabinet for all of my baking supplies like flour, sugar, and seasonings, I decided this one would mainly hold my cooking supplies like oils, rice, pasta, cereal, etc.
So I gave the interior a fresh coat of paint and once that was completely dry (3 days) it was time to fill up!
Now that I had gone through this ‘purging’ and ‘re-organizing’ process, I definitely wanted this new pantry cabinet to be organized so I purchased some clear storage containers for many of the pantry items, as well as, baskets to hold other items.
The clear containers make it SUPER easy for me to see when an item is getting low.
And the baskets are the perfect mobile storage device because now I don’t have to get a step stool and dig way into the back of the cabinet for something. All I do is simply pull down the basket, remove the item and put the basket back in its place!
I also had some mason jars that were taking up space in one of my other cabinets so I decided to make use of them too! That’s a $0 bonus!
I even made labels on Canva for most of the pantry items. Because there is another cook in this house (my hubby) who wouldn’t know quinoa from bread crumbs, LOL! I’m hoping to finish labeling everything this weekend!
There will be times that I want to change out some items or at the very least wash the containers, so I printed them out on regular copy paper and used two-sided tape to put them on the container. This way it will be much easier to remove the label and I won’t have to deal with that sticky coating that usually remains after peeling them off.
I made specific labels for the items in most pantries and you can download those here.
Otherwise, I did create a blank version.
This way you can fill in whatever items you wish for your pantry!
I know it sounds silly in the scheme of things, but it’s little things like this pantry cabinet that truly make life so much easier. And frankly, when life is easier, this gal is so much happier!
So if you’re looking for more storage space, you might, like me, not have to look far. All it takes is a little (or a lot in my case) decluttering and downsizing, and that just might open up some extra space! And we could all use that, right?
Here is a list of the storage items I purchased. All are reasonably priced and make a huge difference in keeping your pantry not only organized but neat as well!
I hope this post inspires you to find that hidden storage you’ve been wanting and put it to good use!
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!
Blessings and hugs,
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