While these pantries may just be those of our dreams, they all offer inspiration for keeping our actual pantries organized. The weeks before Thanksgiving (and the full swing of the holidays) is a great time to take note of what you have in your pantry or wherever you keep your ingredients, and sort out what you need more of as well as what you don’t need. It’s also a great time to tidy up your food items and make dessert, appetizer and meal prep a little more sane.
This rustic pantry is full of storage space and charm. Open shelves on the walls offer out-of-the-way storage that is still easily accessible, while the lower open cabinets are perfect for everyday use and at a great height for kids. The drawers hide away cooking supplies that look cluttered on a counter, and the wood chair is a personal touch that makes this farmhouse pantry feel more like a living space than a closet.
The takeaway from this pantry is definitely the charm, but also the different ways to organize your ingredients and food. Try open shelving, cabinets and if possible, drawers and countertops. Find what works for your home and country kitchen, and then organize and decorate in ways that work for you.
While glass jars and canisters are our preference for storing loose ingredients like sugar, flour and the like, your pantry can look more cohesive if you also store boxed and canned goods within containers.
These matching baskets are roomy enough for everything on the shelves, and they add a complementary look to the style of the kitchen, keeping the space looking clean and decorative rather than scattered and disorganized. The ladder is also a nice touch; it’s always there when needed.
Whether you use glass, Tupperware, baskets or other organizers, labels are a must-have. Get creative with chalkboard labels or simply print them out from a label maker. This will enhance the organized look while actually keeping you organized. And, it will be easier to keep track of what you have in stock.
While you may not be able to expand you pantry to its own room, or give it an entire wall like the custom example below, it can still be well put together and even decorated with home accents like ornaments and garland. Use these ideas for inspiration in re-organizing, and have a successful Thanksgiving and holiday meal-making season!