When we installed pullout pantry cabinets during our kitchen remodel last year, I thought my RTA Pantry Cabinet organizational problems were solved. I envisioned rows of neatly stacked spices and easy-to-see bins of pasta just waiting to be whipped into something delicious.The reality is that my pantry has turned into a game of spice-and-go-seek that generally ends in frustration and guilt. The bins I bought for my pasta are there, but there aren’t enough of them, and they aren’t the right size. Worse, the myriad packages, from cans to cellophane-wrapped cookie boxes, create chaotic clutter in the rest of my pantry. So I’m taking time out this weekend for a thoughtful organization project based on my real life, not something I RTA Pantry Cabinet saw on a cooking show.Here’s my seven-step plan for pantry perfection. "1. Install a spice shelf. I love my roll-out pantry, but my spices are getting lost in the mix. Because they’re stacked one behind the other, they waste space, and it’s hard to see what I have. To remedy this problem, I’ll install door-mounted spice shelves inside the cabinet where I keep my cookbooks.
2. Keep go-to items at eye level. Judging by where these cereal boxes are kept, I’d guess that a couple of self-directed kids hit this pantry for breakfast every morning. I’m taking a RTA Pantry Cabinet cue from this smart parent and organizing my pantry based on how often my family uses individual items.
3. Optimize containers. When I first organized my pantry, I figured that every bulk, pourable item belonged in an airtight container. So I went to my local wholesaler and got container sets that featured boxes in various sizes. Big mistake. Because really there are only two sizes I use: large and medium.
I’ll also pay attention to the shapes of the containers I add to my collection. I love the look of mason jars, but rectangular containers like the ones in this pantry nestle together more RTA Pantry Cabinet neatly, conserving precious shelf space within my narrow pullouts.Total Organizing Solutions34. Invest in pretty labels. Every time I pull out a container of a white, powdery baking product, I have to taste it to see if it’s corn starch, flour or confectioner’s sugar. I put all three in containers, but I didn’t like the business-like look of the labels from my label maker, so I simply stopped marking them.
5. Use baskets for anything round. I usually keep round, nonperishable items RTA Pantry Cabinet like onions and potatoes in their bags on the lowest shelf of my pantry, but as the shelves roll, a few veggies inevitably escape and make a mess. Baskets like those used in this pantry keep food organized and still allow air to circulate, preventing the food from getting prematurely moldy.RJK Construction Inc26. Keep awkwardly shaped items down low. At my house a search for an afternoon snack inevitably ends in an avalanche of RTA Pantry Cabinet chips, trail mix and other bagged foods. By moving the packages to a lower shelf, as this homeowner did, I’ll be able to see how they’re shifting and prevent potato chip rainstorms and other messes.Hurst Design Build Remodeling7. Be mindful. The pantries that inspire me most are never packed to the gills with snacks and canned goods. So as I reorganize, I won’t just toss expired items. Instead, I’ll note what I’ve been RTA Pantry Cabinet purchasing too much of and avoid those things in the future."