When we moved into our current home there was very little extra storage space. Â The kitchen is eat-in galley style. Â We sacrificed some table room at the eating end of the kitchen and installed a wall of book-cases to hold our dishes (day-to-day and good), cookbooks and small appliances. Â This allowed more cupboard space in the kitchen for pots and pans and ingredients. Â Still, for someone who loves to cook, there just wasn’t enough room to hold more than a few cans and boxes of food.
What we did have, just outside the kitchen in the front entryway, was a large coat closet and a small broom closet. Â Pretty sure I could manage to carry the vacuum upstairs on a weekly basis, we decided to turn the broom closet into a pantry. Â Hubby went to work installing some MDF for shelving, and I set about stuffing them full of delectable goods.
I found that it would get cluttered, and sometimes I would actually run across 5 tins of coconut milk I had bought thinking I had none. Â Sigh! Â Time to crack out the curry recipes! Â The solution was to organize the pantry by type. Â Top shelf: Â baking, then pasta and grains, then tinned goods, Â then serving dishes. Â I reserve the floor for any items that are too large to fit on the higher shelves. Â I place the items I rarely use to the back of each shelf so I can easily find and reach the daily ingredients.
With such a small space, things can get easily overlooked. Â I keep a clipboard printout of every ingredient that lives in the pantry with a pencil attached to it. Â As I purchase new ingredients, or use them up, I mark the quantity on the Â list. Â As I run out I add it to my grocery list so I’m never without.
What tips and tricks do you use to organize your small kitchen space? Â How about your pantry? Â Comments are open!
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