This is the pantry of my dreams. Seriously, it makes this momma happy and OCD Braun EXTREMELY happy. This is one of those spaces in the house that can quickly become complete chaos!
We knew when we were building this house that the kitchen/pantry part of the house would be really high-traffic and we knew we wanted something that wasn’t cramped, dark, or disorganized. But with open shelving like we have, chaos can quickly take over! But with a little help and creative thinking, we’ve been able to keep this pantry organized (most of the time) and an easy space for every member of the family to navigate!
I’m going to take you on a quick tour and show you some of the ways you can add a bit more order to your life!
With the amount of food our family consumes, it’s easy for boxes and packaging to pile up. We eliminated this problem early on by dumping everything into these airtight pop-containers. They keep everything fresh and look much better than having packaging on the shelves. I don’t know about you, but when food ‘looks’ good, I’m much more likely to eat it. It’s also a plus for my kids. Giving them the ability to see what’s in a container without having to rip it open saves on messes! I mainly use the 5.5 qt, 4 qt, and 2.4 qt sizes.
These bins have actually become one of my favorite pantry hacks. We use these for things like oatmeal packets, applesauce pouches, treats, beef jerky, etc. And I can’t say it enough, I love that I can get all of the packagings out of my pantry, and have it look organized and clean.
Another really great use for these airtight containers is for things like powders, mixes, baking supplies, sugars, etc. It’s so easy for those types of things to create a mess (one that is way hard to clean up) and again, I like that I can see everything on display! I like to buy cereal in bulk to save money, but I don’t love having the big bags taking up space on my shelves, so I keep six of these cereal containers on the shelf, put the bulk bags in big bins, and refill when they run out. They’re airtight so your cereal stays fresh!
There are a few reasons why I love these rotating can dispensers! 1. They do keep your shelves organized and your cans are far less likely to topple from the shelf and break all over your floor. 2. It’s a game and my kids will gladly put a can away when they get to watch it roll to the front. 3. They rotate first in, first out so you’re not letting the same cans sit on the back of a shelf until they go bad.
This is absolutely the most high-traffic, most used area in our house and I’m sooooo glad it’s not at the front of my kitchen where everyone can see. From the ice maker to the drink fridge, a lot of thought went into this space, how often it would be used, and how we could maximize the layout to work for us. Many times plain, simple good design will beat smart storage options any day! And a pebble ice maker…When we built our house, this one the number one thing I wanted. Sonic ice in your house… need I say more?
I love this toaster oven for so many reasons! It heats up and cooks much faster than a regular oven. I put my daily sweet potato fries in there, heat up leftovers, make corndogs for the kids, etc. It saves so much time! The other thing I gotta mention is this fridge. I love when I crack open a drink and it’s just cold enough to ice over a little bit. This drink fridge makes it easy for the kids to stay hydrated and for Braun and I to have easy access to a quick grab!
Pantry 12’W x 10’L
Office 6’W x 10’L
Upper Shelf Height 16.5″
Lower Shelf Height 10″
From Ground 22.5″
So don’t get scared when thinking about tackling your pantry or, if you’re in the process of designing your home, planning a pantry that is functional and awesome for your family!
One last thing – you know how much I love my Costco door. If you are building, trust me, get one of these and you’ll never look back!
Check out some of our other favorite pantry pieces that we totally love!