I’m getting a little giddy at the thought that my plan to transform a coat closet into a pantry is starting to come to fruition. Since we have two closets in our foyer, we have always used the closet opposite our garage door for other things. Right now it has a combination of power tools, paper towels, small kitchen appliances, nuts and all of our plastic storage containers. I think there’s a loose CD and some bungee cords from moving, too.
I have struggled with organizing our kitchen and have rearranged drawers and cabinets several times. The room is big and there’s plenty of space, but I haven’t configured it just right for us yet.
We’re betting that the key is better shelving in the closet, which will allow us to switch some items from cabinets to the closet and vice versa. With experience putting up the elfa shelves in the laundry room under our belts, I ordered a larger configuration for the pantry. Very excited for those to arrive!
In anticipation, I moved placemats and pot holders from a prime real estate drawer to a lower one, allowing us to relocate our spices from an upper cabinet where they fit (but didn’t use the space effectively) to the long drawer right below. Two sets of these clear, expandable spice racks from Amazon did the trick.
As I organized, I updated a spreadsheet on my laptop with the location of each spice. This is Chris’ favorite thing about my obsessive organization of spices. The spreadsheet was first developed when I was on maternity leave back in 2015 and needed a project to work on during intermittent infant naps. Chris loves it now so much so that his only question was whether we could keep the system when I switched to the drawer racks.
Every spice is alphabetized and it’s location recorded– the row in the drawer (L1, L2, etc.), the tub or the white tower. There’s also a column to note if we have a duplicate and where that is.
With the upper cabinet cleared out, I could move the plastic containers into there. I hope it will be much easier to keep everything neat and prevent us from digging around on the floor when lids fall.
First steps to the pantry overhaul are complete. 😃