I have never been able to fathom the design...how in the world is a family supposed to store any amount of food? Was it built, assuming the "average" family eats out a lot? Or was the design to encourage the consumption of only fresh fruits and vegetables?
I know I'm reading too much into it...I can't imagine either of those scenarios was considered...but it's maddening, nonetheless.
Until the girls were born, it wasn't such a huge issue. (I was only cooking for two people, we did eat out more, and it was no big deal to run to the store in the middle of the week.)
But over the past three years, I've really felt frustrated with my storage space. I've loosely had the idea to call in the storage solution folks, but I hadn't made it a priority.
At the beginning of the summer, I told Hubby that I wanted to invest in the pantry. He agreed, and I finally made it happen.
Here are the "before" pictures...
|The shelves were 16" deep, so I had two "layers" of most things. I cleaned out the pantry once a month...otherwise I'd forget what was "hidden".|
|The bottom of the pantry had a lot of wasted space. The cooler bags toppled over frequently, "hiding" my potatoes and onions and garlic.|
|We added this door organizer as soon as we moved into the house, having had it in a previous house. It's a great space-saver, but it was jammed with too many things.|
And here are the "after" pictures...
|This is my very favorite feature...I LOVE this basket system! Not only does it help me organize many smaller things, but it really takes advantage of the large space at the bottom of the pantry.|
|A close-up on one of the drawers...look at all my teas! I have one deeper drawer for all my baking supplies (chips and nuts and chocolates). And the bottom drawer holds my potatoes, onions, and garlic.|
|No change to the inside of the door, other than I was able to reorganize and neaten it up a bit.|
I bought a few new storage containers for sugar, flours, and such. (The ones I had dated back to the mid-90's...ack!) I just need to buy a basket of some sort to hold open bags of pasta and rice.
We've had our new shelving system in place for almost a month, and I couldn't be happier. It's really one of those things that I now wish I'd done a long time ago.
I'm filing this under my AWARENESS challenge for 2012. This experience is a reminder to me to invest in the utility of things that can really make my life a little easier...things I use every single day, multiple times. It's worth it!!!