6 Expert Tips For Getting Your Pantry Perfectly Organised
New Jersey-based professional organiser Christina Giaquinto has seen it all. For years, she's organised clients' homes, and, in so doing, helped bring order and happiness to their lives. In our new series "Take It From a Professional," Christina brings us inside the world of expert organisers. Today, she reflects on one big pantry project and shares tips on how to maximize your kitchen storage.
- Invest in Organising: Think about your organisation project as if it were a remodel. You want this to last, so an investment is necessary, whether you're on an Ikea or a Container Store budget. If you invest in shelving and boxes, you're much more likely to keep a space tidy and organised.
- Keep Only What Belongs: Kitchen storage, and pantries in particular, are repositories for all manner of household goods. When tackling a big organisation project, keep only what's meant to be there: food, drinks, and kitchen goods. Store other goods where they belong, too.
- Categorise: Christina advocates taking everything off the shelves and categorising on the floor. Sort kitchen items into food, drinks, and other. Then, sub-categorise. Keep like with like. In the case of this project, that meant soup goes in one area, soap on another shelf, and soda elsewhere.
- Re-Box: For goods you always have, like salt, sugar, and nuts, consider pouring new purchases in with the old in a plastic container. You'll minimise the amount of unsightly boxes in your pantry and achieve a more cohesive look.
- Keep Within Arm's Reach: Give a priority place to the items that see frequent use. For this project, Christina worked with a couple who really loves their soft drink. So what went front and center? That's right, their Coca-Cola and their ginger ale. Items which see less regular use, like appliances and party serve-wear, went on the hard-to-reach top shelf.
- Label: Labelling gets a bad rap, but it's actually really helpful for ensuring that things stay in their proper place. The whole point of organising is to create a system which can be kept long-term. It's worth investing in a label-maker if that means you'll always put things back right where they belong. In the case of this project, Christina and her team took it one step further — the soft drink is even colour coded.