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How To Organize A Pantry With Deep Shelves

08/26/2020

Deep shelves can be a challenge to organize.  It’s difficult to get what you need and can easily forget what’s in there.  A few months back, there was a pantry with deep shelves that I organized.  This pantry was a bit unique on the right side having deep shelves and the left side having rolling […]

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Deep shelves can be a challenge to organize.  It’s difficult to get what you need and can easily forget what’s in there.  A few months back, there was a pantry with deep shelves that I organized.  This pantry was a bit unique on the right side having deep shelves and the left side having rolling drawers.  The shelves were 22″ deep and the rolling shelves 21″ deep.  Deep shelves do not allow you to see what’s in here and make it hard to get what you need.  Here’s how to organize a pantry with deep shelves.

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Empty out the pantry completely

From there start sorting and grouping items into similar categories (i.e pasta, breakfast, baking, rice, etc.)  Get rid of expired items or things you forgot you had.

Taking everything out allows you to start with a clean slate, you get a better visual of how you can organize it.

Sorting similar items will allow you to see how much of a category that you have and what size bins will be needed.

For this particular project, items were sorted by rice, baking, snacks, cooking, breakfast, nuts, entertaining, canned goods

Shop your home and clean the pantry

Before running off to The Container Store and buying a plethora of bins, shop your home first.  Clean the shelves too, this will give you the chance to clean it completely without anything in there.

One thing to keep in mind is if you have bins at home, don’t use them to use them, make sure they match or blend well together.

Select appealing bins

Choosing bins that are appealing to the eye matter because it helps keep it organized.  If you don’t like what you are looking at, the chances of your pantry staying organized are slim.

Before making any bin selections, measure the space so you know how much room you have.  Nothing will stop you dead in your tracks when bins don’t fit.

When selecting bins, choose ones that match.  Cohesiveness and symmetry matter, it makes our brains happy.  Now too many of the same bin can make us cringe, so choose bins that are a good combination.

If you have multiple shelves, choose one bin style for each shelf.  When selecting the color of the bin, choose it on the space, contrasting colors work well and are appealing to the eye.  White bins brighten up space, tan bins bring warmth to space and clear bins allow you to see what’s in there.

Deep Drawer Bins

Adding deep drawer bins gives you easy access to everything on that shelf without having to take it all out.  These deep drawer bins act like drawers, making it a breeze to get what you need.  They are 16″ deep, making them the longest bin out there to organize deep spaces.

These bins are a game-changer and a must for any pantry with deep shelving.

Add Turntables

Turntables work great for deep shelves because you can easily access what you need without having to take everything out.  Round items work best on turntables because space is maximized.

Go Vertical

Figure out where you can go vertical when analyzing your space.  When it comes to the pantry, there are a few options.

Utilize storage bins appropriately, for example, Oxo.  They have bins that are tall and can be stacked on one another.   Add a storage drawer to maximize unused space for example Elfa.  Use a triple-tiered shelf for canned goods, this gives you a better visual of what you have and makes it easier to access.

Conclusion

Adding a few bins and turntables can transform your pantry quickly and easily.  The annoyance of those deep shelves will become a thing of the past and you’ll experience a love affair you never knew was possible.

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