Welcome to all the IHeart Organizing readers!
|Notice anything new?|
When we bought our home in August 2010, I loved the kitchen. I blogged about some simple updates here, although there are still many more things to do. One of the things I wished for was a pantry, but I didn't have one, and there was no space for one. I felt so amazingly blessed to be in our new home, that I couldn't find any room to lament the fact that I had no pantry.
So, we stored all our food in the cabinets under and above the bar area. The cabinets are spacious, well placed, and deep, but it wasn't a pantry.
|"Pantry" storage above the bar... notice how we throw chips and other items we don't want the kids to eat up there!|
|Previous pantry storage.... food mixed with crockpot. Nice!|
I was trying hard each week to meal plan based on what we already had, but the problem was that I had no idea what was in our pantry because I couldn't see it!
|Is that a bottle of ketchup back there?|
I was constantly coming home from the grocery store and realizing I had purchased something we already had, but I couldn't see! Ugh. Not good for the budget or the family morale.
|The "secret space" that is going to change my kitchen!|
This space between the wall and refrigerator was perfect to implement the roll-out pantry storage idea I found via IHeartOrganizing. I showed it to my husband, he was excited, and we went to Lowe's. We built this amazing piece in one night- maybe about 6 hours???
|Our new pantry pulls out perfectly between the fridge and wall|
We made a few adjustments to the original plans we found, but it fits our needs perfectly. With the casters, it measures 62.5" high and 9.5" wide.
|We have five total shelves, which measures 8" deep. The 7/16" dowel rods help to make sure no cans of spaghetti sauce fall on the floor!|
|Eight inches deep is the perfect depth to hold many cans, boxes of cake mix, pasta, and baskets or storage containers.|
|We designed it to be this depth so that my canisters of flour, sugar, oats, etc could fit inside the new pantry.|
|I love that I was able to incorporate storage in baskets and canisters in this space.|
|We used 2" non-swivel casters x 4. It's important that they don't swivel so your pantry can only roll two ways- forwards and backwards. :)|
|The long, modern handle was from Ikea. You can find similar handles on Amazon (link below) if you don't live near an Ikea.|
Here's a few helpful links:
Inspiration Post with Plans
IHeartOrganizing Post with more details
Brushed Nickel Hardware on Amazon
More photos of my kitchen
Anyone else out there without a pantry? How do you survive? What organizing solutions have you found?