From pantry pack rat to pantry paradise (part one)

Part one of a six part series revealing this pantry one shelf at a time. Click on photos to enlarge!

photo of young mother in her kitchen

Sharyn in her Kitchen, what lies behind closed doors is about to be revealed

Sharyn loves her home, loves cooking but hates her pantry more than anything else in her kitchen. She has a husband, two small children and a busy life. Unable to do it alone, she called in the big guns and prepared for an overhaul.

Her biggest frustrations were not knowing what was in her pantry and when she did know it was in there ‘somewhere’ she had difficulty finding, removing, using and replacing items on a day to day basis. She was ready to totally update her kitchen because she believed the fault was in the SIZE of her kitchen.

Here are some BEFORE photos of Sharyn’s Pantry for you to review.

Photo of cluttered pantry before any work was done on it.

This is a typical household pantry

photo of top shelf of a pantry showing stacks of items about to topple The contents of the top shelf were about to topple on the unwary[/caption]
photo of 2nd shelf showing disorganised spices, baking items, cans and jars

The second shelf held spices, jars, cans and baking items and a load of other stuff

Photo of third shelf of disorganised pantry showing bottles, containers and a random selection of pantry items

The third shelf held oils, bottles, childrens snacks and other random stuff

photo of 4th shelf showing disorganised items such as dry goods, cereals and paper towels

Breakfast anyone? The 4th shelf held cereals, flour, paper towels, tin foil and other stuff that was just hanging out

photo showing bottom shelf of pantry with lots of disorganised items on the floor

Protein power, bags and bags and bags are stored here on the floor otherwise known as the 5th shelf

Take a look at each shelf and think about what you would do if this pantry was yours.

The series of 6 blog posts will show how we reorganised and maximised each shelf so you can replicate it at home.  Be sure to see all 6 posts: they will be loaded one at a time.

From Pantry Pack Rat to Pantry Paradise Part One – overview of the pantry

From Pantry Pack Rat to Pantry Paradise Part Two– top shelf solution

From Pantry Pack Rat to Pantry Paradise Part Three– second shelf, cans, jars

From Pantry Pack Rat to Pantry Paradise Part Four – third shelf, oils, baking

From Pantry Pack Rat to Pantry Paradise Part Five – dry goods, cereals

From Pantry Pack Rat to Pantry Paradise Part Six- pasta and legumes, potatoes and onions

For more information about how to organise your home read From Stuffed to Sorted or call us for a consultation 0418 597 297.

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MaryAnne Bennie is an expert professional organiser, trainer, speaker and author. Her best selling books From Stuffed to Sorted and Paper Flow may be purchased on her website.