I love spring and fall cleaning.
There is something very empowering and cathartic about throwing old things out and reorganizing either a pantry or a closet. In with the old out with the new. This year, in addition to changing my closets over to my summer wardrobe, I decided to reorganize my entire kitchen. I have what is known as a galley kitchen – two long walls of cabinets and appliances and I have a large walk in pantry that has shelves all the way to the ceiling. The problem with my pantry is that the shelves are very deep and every time I wanted something I would have to remove the front items to find something that might be in the back. I am also a big bulk buyer – so I have HUGE containers of flour, sugars, cocoa, seeds, etc.
This year I decided to create an every day pantry. When I moved into my apartment 14 years ago I took a large walk in closet and converted it into my baking closet using industrial shelving. The shelves are long and not too deep. I have all the baking items, such as cookie cutters, organized by theme which makes it very easy to find something.
I bought a narrow five shelf industrial shelving system from Amazon.com It comes ready to be assembled. I also bought large and small mason jars and erasable stickers also from Amazon. I like the size of these jars as there is just enough of each item but not too much.
Shop waterproof labels like ours on Amazon. 60 waterproof and re-useable labels for 12.99 CAD.
Box of 12 500mL mason jars from Amazon also 12.99 CAD
Industrial shelving (sturdy) for 47 CAD from Amazon
Remember to pick themes that work for you. If mine don’t, create your own. Maybe dividing things by meal or cuisine will work better for you. By having everything within easy reach I find I can be much more efficient in the kitchen. After all the way you organize your kitchen is supposed to make the way you cook and prepare food more convenient. Customize it to what works for you so that making healthy food is a breeze and everything is easy to access! Happy organizing!