WHIP YOUR PANTRY INTO SHAPE THIS SUMMER
The summer months are the perfect time to throw all those indoors parties, game nights, movie marathons and sundry get-togethers. But, wonderful as these are, they can wreak havoc on the average pantry.
So, whether you’re looking to re-organise your pantry or start from scratch, here are some cool tips from IKEA to get this super-important space into shape this summer.
Organising gets easier with containers that are clear as day! One of the simplest ways to keep your kitchen looking neat is to transfer food items from their original packaging straight to clear containers or jars.
You can add handmade or storebought labels, making it even easier to tell sticky rice from basmati, or icing sugar from cornstarch. This way, you are creating an interesting display as well and is a relatively easy DIY home project.
Do you struggle to remember what you need to buy for the pantry? Or are you the type who makes endless notes only to misplace them on grocery-shopping day? A simple solution is to hang a chalkboard within easy reach of your pantry workspace.
Then, as and when you run out of stuff, you can just make a note; you can also use the space for recipes, reminders and more! Then, when it’s time to go to the store, just take a photo of the board, and you won’t forget anything!
Using larger storage units, group together similar items or those you use often. This will keep you from having to root around your cabinets for that one spice you remember buying at the market ages ago.
Tea and coffee, biscuits and crackers, grains, canned goods, or even after-school snacks are good examples of what should be grouped. Make sure to label your containers!
If you love being organised, IKEA has an array of pegboards that are perfect for pantries. Use these to store everything from cooking tools to utensils. They are super easy to install and will be a great addition to any pantry!
If you are looking for a bit of an extra lift to your pantry or have a limited amount of space, open shelving will help you tackle narrow spaces. Remember to keep the walls and shelving in neutral colours, a single coat of paint will do wonders! To brighten up the room use matching jars, baskets or bins to hold items in, pleasing the eye and making the room appear tidier.