How to organize a deep pantry

Do you have a deep, closet-style pantry?  Does your food expire before you use it because you forgot about it because it was buried way in the back?

If your pantry shelves are too deep you can’t see what’s in the very back.  And if you can’t see that package of panic crumbs or that opened box of crackers, chances are pretty good they’ll go stale before it’s discovered.

You may frequently repurchase duplicate items and food stuff because you thought you were out of that item but it was just lost in the back of the bottom shelf.

On this pantry project, we had a couple of challenges to address: the shelves were too deep and there weren’t enough of them.  Only four shelves?! That’s definitely not enough for a pantry! We revamped this modest pantry in two important ways:

  1. added two shelves
  2. Reduced the depth of the shelves

By making these two small adjustments, we created perfectly customized space designed to store the staple items for this household. Now all items can be stored together according to kind, container type and size. Everything is in plain sight and easy to retrieve. It feels so much cleaner too!

Identify easy to make similar modifications to your deep pantry so it looks and feels more organized.  The key is to assess your staple items to see how you can create custom-tailored space for each category so everything can easily be seen and used.  No more wasted food.  See what you have. Use what you have.  

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