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4 Tips to Get the Kitchen Pantry of Your Dreams

4 Tips to Get the Kitchen Pantry of Your Dreams

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4 Tips to Get the Kitchen Pantry of Your Dreams

Don’t tell the kitchen, but the pantry is our new favorite room in the house. Organized, clean and cute, our pantry went through a major overhaul to go from drab to fab. Is your pantry filling you with dread? Say goodbye to grocery graveyards and the room of no return. With these simple and easy tips, you can get the perfect, well-organized snack-filled hideout from the fam and the pantry of your dreams!

In medieval times, each food had a dedicated storage room. Meats were stored in a larder, alcohol was stored in the buttery and bread was stored in the pantry.

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family in pantry

Go for Open Shelving

Lifehack number one: open shelving for everything! Okay, not everything. But when it comes to keeping up with organization and making your grocery trips easier, open shelving is here to save the day. Not only are open shelves sleek and beautiful, they also hold you accountable for keeping it tidy! It’s also easier to see what you need, or what you have enough of, for your grocery shopping so you don’t buy things you don’t need. Yay saving money!

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pantry organization

Always Stick With the Group

Once you’ve Marie Kondo-ed your pantry and gotten rid of all of those label-less, nameless cans that have been in there for who knows how long, it’s time to regroup. Literally. As you’re reorganizing, group like items close together. When it’s the crack of dawn and you’re sleepy-eyed trying to grab an easy breakfast, you want things to be easy. Keep cereals, snack bars and oatmeal packets in the same area. Place bigger bulk items on the top or bottom shelves, where they’re not used as often.

A butler’s pantry came about as a place used to store and clean silver. The butler kept a close eye on the silver and used to sleep in the pantry to protect against thievery, which is where the name “butler’s pantry” originated.

pantry organization

vegetables in baskets

Explore Uniform Storage

Labels save lives. Maybe it’s those OCD tendencies, but there’s just something so relaxing about storage that’s completely uniform. Transfer bulk items like flour, mixed nuts, pastas and more in clear jars with easy pouring and labels to make life easier. Use mason jars or see-through containers so that you can save time instead of hunting through to find that one spice you thought you saw a few weeks ago. 

The word “pantry” comes from the Old French word “paneterie,” taken from “pain,” the French word for bread.

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Add Some Personality

Unpopular opinion: pantries can be totally swoon-worthy! Your pantry can be just as eye-catching as the rest of your house without taking away from your dream closet budget. Go for simple pops of color or pattern by using wallpaper to liven up the space. Swap out that sad lightbulb for a fun, farmhouse-style light that will make the room feel like a luxurious extension of your kitchen. Or, do like Danielle, and send your door to a carpenter to be remade into a major statement with frosted glass and a unique design.  Whatever design trend you love, incorporate here so that it’s a room you want to go into!

Before refrigeration was available, people used ice boxes within cold pantries to keep perishables, such as milk, eggs, and butter, cool. 

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door knob

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3 thoughts on “4 Tips to Get the Kitchen Pantry of Your Dreams”

  1. Love this Danielle! I have had the privledge of Seeing that space in person and always wondered how you did it. Would love to know where you get the lanes from. Who would have known where those terms even came from! So very French ! 👍👏🏻💖

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