Organising a narrow and deep pantry can be challenging. Get some ideas to keep your pantry organised and maximise the space of your narrow and deep shelves.
You all know I love organising, cleaning and decluttering my own house, however not long ago I had my very first in-home consult and to make it even more fun, it was for someone quite well known. I had so much fun working on Sally’s pantry.
The kitchen is the heart of my home and I’m sure in so many other homes too. It can be challenging when pantry space is limited and this case I was working with a narrow pantry with deep shelves, which for Sally struggled to know what products to use to help maximise the space at the front and back.
BEFORE: This pantry is very narrow. Sally had trouble seeing what was at the back and didn’t have zoned categories.
The challenges with Sally’s pantry were:
Packets of biscuits and snacks were left open, which have the potential to go stale.
Sally didn’t know where to start to organise her narrow and deep pantry. She was thrilled when I said I would come and do an entire pantry makeover for her!
For deep shelves, it’s best to use storage containers that can fit through to the back of the deep shelf which you can pull in and out, rather than having to reach your arm through.
I’m always up for a challenge!! I wanted to optimise the space with storage and organisation and set Sally up with a system she could maintain.
Steps to organise the pantry:
The clear containers in this pantry also help to lighten up the space to ensure nothing hides away.
I used clear stackable drawers to maximise the depth of the shelves. They didn’t fit the full depth of the shelves, which is okay as this leaves space for any back stock that can be placed there if ever needed.
Kitchen cling film and foil storage makes great use of space at the top of the shelf, allowing the rolls of cling wrap, foil, baking paper and garbage bags film to easily be pulled in and out.
The clear drawers are fantastic for adding go-to snacks and muesli bars into, so all members of the family – including kids, can see what is in the containers grab something.
The bottom of the pantry is being used for back stock to replenish items as they are used.
I found unused space in a few other cupboards in the kitchen which I used to create a little tea station area.
I found another area of unused space which I used to put all Sallys flour and baking ingredients into.
AFTER: This pantry is now more organised and functional with the pull out storage which helps to categories each shelf.