Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle

Solving The Walk In Pantry Puzzle-overflowing kitchen table

I was excited to start my day with a pantry organize!  I knew this walk-in pantry was going to be a big job and my client got a jump on the work of clearing a lot of the pantry before I got there.   So when I arrived I knew we’d better get busy!   My client had admitted to being overwhelmed and we needed to find the perfect equation to not only get everything back into the pantry but also make it WORK!  The items from the pantry were also on the kitchen counter….

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- pantry overflow on counter

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- overflow on kitchen counter

And a side table between the kitchen and dining room…

 

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- pantry overflow on side table

 

To start solving the walk-in pantry puzzle, I tackled what was still in the pantry first.   There was a pretty good mix of dishes, serving items and food.  To the left there were mostly pans, cookbooks and a variety of dishes but there was also some food items mixed in helter, skelter.

 

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- messy left side of pantry

 

I turned my attention to gathering all the dishes and cookbooks and shifting them to the left  side.  I also took into consideration how often items were used and worked to get smaller items in the corners so they would be easier to remove.

 

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- close up

 

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- organized left side of pantry

 

I loved being able to add a cute cream and sugar dish with matching salt and pepper shakers in front of the cookbooks!  Although it’s hard to tell, the shelf above that are all of the client’s graters/choppers/slicer/dicer type items with knives tucked in on the far left.  There was enough room to add a cookie press (or three) on the right side of that shelf as well.   Normally when there are duplicate items we encourage our clients to pick the favorite and donate the rest.  In this case all three cookie presses were used at the same time for holiday family cookie baking days!  So they were allowed to stay!!  🙂  For the other shelves it was a matter of finding like items and arranging them in the best possible stacking scenarios.

Then it was on the right side of the pantry!  This is where most of the food items had started and I worked to solidify them ALL going there.

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- messy right side of pantry

Expiration dates were checked and a lot of them were discarded due to expired dates.  Then flours, sugars, beans, pastas, cereals and snacks were added to containers that the client had purchases before our session.   My label maker had smoke flying off of it as I made sure labels landed on items not easily identified by sight!  🙂  We also condensed and used every bit of the wire shelving on the wall.

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- organized right side of pantry

Then for the last area,  front and center when you walked in the pantry.  This space had shelves and drawers. a lovely thing!

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- disorganized shelves

 

Several of the big items fit in this section well, so they got to stay where they were while excess things were cleared away.  Coffee, cereal  and snacks fit nicely onto the shelves above.  Paper towels worked wonderfully in one of the drawers.

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- organized pantry shelves

When everything was happily in it’s new home, we exited the fully stocked pantry to a clean surfaced kitchen!  Here is the dining room table….

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle - completely clear kitchen table

 

and the side table ready for the holidays……

 

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- organized side table

 

and the kitchen counter!!   It was a good, good day!

Solving The Walk-In Pantry Puzzle- organized counter

 

Project by Nicole in Kansas City.

 

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