The holiday season is officially upon us as of Thanksgiving. The holidays tend to center around the kitchen and one important aspect of the kitchen is the pantry.
This past weekend, I worked with a client to organize her pantry. She loves to cook and a key aspect of that is being able to go to her pantry and quickly retrieve what she needs. She was, however, having difficulty doing so because she was not sure what was in the pantry and where things were stored. She did not have a system.
We emptied out the entire pantry and looked at everything. We eliminated the excess and then grouped like items together according to her own personal preference.
Containers had been purchased ahead of time when we first evaluated the space to help containerize certain items. Then, it was just a matter of figuring out what items belonged where. She already had a hanging rack on the inside of the pantry door. We repurposed it so that items being stored on the door were the items she most frequently accessed. We utilized her various shelves to store like items together.
After the process was complete and the layout met my client's needs, we noticed that certain items were missing. She now knew she needed to go shopping for pasta, tomato sauce, cereal and crackers. We had left space for those items to be incorporated.
To make sure you have the staples needed in your pantry, I am providing a list of items that I recommend: (Your items might differ slightly)
Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Salt, Pepper, Spices, Red Cooking Wine, White Cooking Wine, Chicken Broth;
Canned Tuna, Tomato Paste, Jarred Marinara and/or Tomato Sauce, Diced Tomatoes, Rice, Pasta, Beans, Cereal, Crackers,
All-purpose Flour, Sugar, Oats, Bread Crumbs, Condiments, Salad Dressings.
Again, your items might differ but you can use this as a basis to get started.
So, now that you have an idea as to how I helped my client organize her pantry, you don't need to ponder your pantry anymore. If, however, you need further assistance, don't hesitate to contact me.
In the meantime, have a great week!