The Perfect Pantry
Spring is here, so what better time to do a little spring cleaning by organizing your kitchen pantry? We all know they become caches of half-used bags of raw walnuts and a 1/2 cup of quinoa that seemed wasteful to throw out. Time to get rid of the detritus of baking projects past, and start fresh! In honor of pantry spring cleaning, I thought I’d bring you a few images of beautiful pantries to inspire...
Every kitchen needs a pantry, whether a large cupboard, a shelved closet or a true, bona fide butler’s pantry, with counters and a sink for food prep. We all need somewhere to store kitchen items and bulk foods - from the 12 packs we buy at Costco to the mixer we may only use at the holidays, and everything in between!
For me, the key to the success of a pantry big or small, lies in plenty of open shelving of various heights and depths. Some shelves need to be deep to hold large items, but others need to be shallow, so everything can easily be seen. I recommend the deepest shelves be near the ground or the very top of your space. Since big bulky items are often least used, putting them near the ceiling makes sense, and heavy items can be placed near the ground for easy lifting.
For storage of bulk food, glass containers are a must so the ingredients are instantly identifiable. For the same reason, I prefer open-wire baskets for catchalls - straw baskets merely hide what you're looking for, and that defeats the idea of organizing!
I love the idea for lid storage on the back of a pantry door, as I always seem to be missing the lid for some of my favorite pots!
I particularly love the idea of a walk-in pantry with countertop access for small appliances, as I like to keep my kitchen counters as uncluttered as possible. Even a large kitchen can feel small with too many countertop gadgets!
The ultimate walk-in pantry for me, in addition to plenty of storage shelving and countertops, also has a sink for easy clean-ups. Think of it as a kitchen within a kitchen! This vintage butler’s pantry is like a dream. Look at all that storage! And while not a huge fan of glass cupboards in the kitchen because one has to keep them “styled,” in a pantry they make perfect sense to always easily find what you need.
For more pantry inspiration, please visit my “Organization” Pinterest board!