Believe it or not, this is often the NO. 1 mistake made in an efficient pantry set up. There is no point putting your grandma’s pickles in the easiest place to access, if you never intend to eat them! Get the picture? Organising 101 is making sure that the things you use the most are easiest to get to. Let’s step through the thinking:
“EVERYDAY” Zone: This is where your everyday items are kept – think breakfast cereals, tea and coffee, plus what ever you use frequently. It’s in the middle of the pantry, waist to shoulder height. No bending or reaching required. This is your PRIME space and needs to be used wisely.
“LESS USED” Zone: This is where things like bulk food reserves live because you don’t need to access these on a daily basis. Use your higher or lower shelves for this zone.
“RARELY USED” Zone: This is where you store the items that you use only now and again (like grandma’s pickles and the baking equipment you purchased on a whim and never used again!). Its really up high or in the corner of your L shaped pantry. If you really can’t bare to throw it out, the least you can do is get it out of the way in this space.
“KIDS” Zone: Don’t forget the kids! Younger children are shorter than you so why not empower them with a zone just for them, at their height? Think breakfast essentials, recess, drink bottles, lunch bags and food for packed lunches. A great way to encourage independence.
It all really makes perfect sense doesn’t it? We have often been very inspired by Peter Walsh’s famous words about “not letting the life you had, get in the way of the life you want to live”. Your pantry needs to reflect the way you cook today. It’s a wonderful process of being true to who you are, right here and now.
You’ll never look at your pantry the same way again!