Yes, you read the title correctly! A shoe organizer can be used inside of a pantry. If you have been following my blog for a while then you are familiar with me promoting creativity when it comes to organizing a space. And if you're new to the blog - then welcome and you will quickly learn that I use creativity as an outlet to organize spaces. Why? Because when you have fun with organizing you are less likely to view it as a chore.
The pantry is the place that where we go and grab a snack, store kitchen appliances and other food and kitchen related items. But the pantry isn't exempt to becoming susceptible to clutter. Just think about it. If you have a full house then its very common that items may not be put back in its rightful place because so many people access the pantry. As a result, the spices become mixed in with the tea bags and over time you dread opening the pantry.
So, when my client asked me to organize their pantry, I quickly started brainstorming different ways to restore the order but in an affordable way. As a family of three, the traffic to the pantry wasn't excessive and there was already an organized system in place but it just needed a good purge and some updating. I was really excited to see the outcome of the pantry because even though it was small, the organizing options were endless.
As, you can see the pantry includes 5 shelves which stores food items and the open floor space stores reusable bags and items for the family pets. During my assessment, I knew that I wanted to remove the bags from the floor but I wanted them to remain accessible for my client to grab when they go grocery shopping.
So, why a shoe organizer in a pantry? I say, why not. The shoe organizer is multi-functional and priced affordably under $15. But most importantly, it was the solution to the problem to create a clear pathway inside of the pantry. The 15-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer - grab here, from Target also complemented the pantry very well.
So, here's the breakdown of why the shoe organizer came in handy:
Tackling the shelves was the next step and that consisted of taking everything out - yes everything! It would be really challenging to determine where items should be stored if there isn't a clear space to work with. Luckily, my client already had grouped similar items together but the issue was that there was no order and items that didn't pair well together started to blend in and create a mess. When there is a pile up of some sort, then that is a clear indicator that purging needs to occur. For example, a clogged sink typically means that something is blocking the flow and whatever it is must be cleaned out and removed. Well, that also applies to removing all items from a space because you're essentially "unclogging" the clutter. You always want to make sure that when you organize you are starting with a blank canvas.
Grouping like items together like pasta, cereal and canned goods creates a system and will keep your pantry well-organized.
The baskets and labeling the shelves really brought this pantry to life. I used the Lazy Susan to group smaller items together. My client likes to bake so I made sure to use the baskets to store all items and ingredients related to baking. On the top shelf, I used the larger baskets to store paper products and items that my client uses when hosting guests. It made sense to store these baskets higher up since hosting guests only happens once in a while. It's important to remember that store items you use less frequently higher up and items you use more frequently in close proximity. I used the remaining baskets to contain similar items.
I never complete a client project without employing my label-maker. So, I used the label-maker to identify the items on each shelf. By identifying specific areas, this holds everyone in the family accountable to store items exactly where they belong and return them to their rightful place. Think of it like a grocery store, when you walk down the aisles and each aisle is categorized and organized by a product type - making the shopping experience a whole lot easier. I mean could you imagine how chaotic shopping would be without an organized grocery aisle? I don't even want to think about it!
Labeling your shelves can help everyone in the family return items to their rightful place which will prevent the formation of clutter.
I just love when everything has a place and is in order! I was even able to store the pet snacks inside of the shoe organizer since there was so much space. My client also had a few flashlights inside of the pantry which is a great idea, in the event of a power outage. So, I stored those flashlights inside of the pockets as well. Think about it if there is a power outage it would be much easier to reach inside of a pocket to retrieve the flashlight as opposed to searching for it on a shelf.
There were no tools needed to assemble the shoe organizer. The shoe organizer came equipped with all of the necessary tools and easily hung over the door without any issue and the door is easily able to open and close. The floor space now only contains a wine rack, a gallon of water, a large container of pet food and a basket. The client is now able to walk inside of their pantry without stepping on anything or knocking anything over.
This project only took 4 hours to complete! I discarded a lot of expired food products, consolidated items that had multiples and grouped liked items together. My goal is to always create a space that my client can thrive in and enjoy.
I encourage you to take a look through your pantry and throw away expired or spoiled items. There also may be food items you no longer want but haven't expired and those can be donated to your local food bank. Just be sure to check with the food bank regarding what items they accept. Another important reminder is that only food items or items related to cooking or the kitchen should be stored in the pantry. If an item doesn't fall under that category then find the appropriate storage place for it. How many of you have gone to the pantry looking forward to eat a particular snack? But once you open it you realize it's spoiled? Well, we've all been there and it's a disappointment and a waste of money. An organized pantry allows you to view exactly what you own which allows you to be more vigilant about the expiration date. So, whether you live alone or have a full house an organized pantry saves you time, money and your snacks.