Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday - Kitchen Edition

If you know me, you may be chuckling at the prospect that I have anything to contribute to a discussion of great kitchen ideas. But let me tell all you smart-alecs out there - it's not about cooking, it's about kitchen organization!

In my opinion, the pantry is THE most vital kitchen space. If you don't have one, or have ever had to live without one, you know exactly what I mean. Everyone needs a nice, large space for food storage. Because we have lived in older homes, we've found ourselves in the position of converting broom closets and coat closets into pantries.

In the home we're in now, the pantry is an oddly deep closet that sits above the stairs. There's lots of room, but it's impossible to find anything. So I created a system of baskets of various sizes, had an afternoon of fun with the label-maker, and voila! A pantry organized just the way I like it (with all foods alike in one handy location) - and everything's accessible! We've even got some BBQ tools (and fly swatters) on pegboard on the walls. (Bibs used to hang there, too.)

I don't know about you guys, but I find it handy to buy some things in bulk. But bulk storage can be tricky. But since last summer, when Pat built me a seating bench for around our table, I've had a great place to stuff in all those bulk supplies.

Have fun organizing your kitchens! :)

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  1. You use baskets, a label maker AND buy in bulk? Are we related??? :o) Great Tips! Blessings, Whitney

  2. oo, you've just given me a great idea w/ that bench. my dh also built us a bench for our table, but if he made it into a chest, that would give me more storage space!!

  3. Very nice. We don't have a pantry in our kitchen (but we do have a super handy stuff catching desk instead!) so I use a closet in the basement. Not so very handy, but having chickies who are old enough to send down for things, super handy! I love the bench storage, too!

  4. We have a largish family and no pantry. NO PANTRY! It is killing me! I cannot wait until God provides us with a house that has a pantry and more than 3 bedrooms.
    Great tips!


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