Whoever would have thought I’d be writing about reclaiming my pantry so soon? Certainly not me back when I was dreaming of space and light (see here).
However, I have to admit when the move into the new kitchen happened loads of stuff was literally thrown into the nearest available space, and there it stayed. Particularly in the pantry – let me show you:
That benchtop you can barely see was going to be my little happy place where I’d stand baking cakes while gazing out the window. Not only is there no bench space for making cakes, there is also no standing room. Therefore no gazing out the window.
Here’s another look:
Oh dear, oh dear! Luckily for me a friend had a Tupperware party recently, and although I couldn’t make it to the party, it was just the incentive I needed to order a start to my collection of Modular Mates.
Tupperware? For a few years I have shunned it as having no personality, but finally practicality has won out for reasons of a lifetime guarantee, stackable/consistent storage and airtightness (which my pretty jars don’t do). I also had an issue with weevily things in the last pantry so twisty-tied packets are out!
While this won’t look to you like an improvement, it’s making me feel happier already!
Currently contained in some sort of order are raisins, sultanas, choc bits, pasta spirals, organic white flour, wholemeal flour, wheatgerm, icing sugar… and a couple of others I’ve forgotten about and am too lazy to get up and check it out.
Yes these do sit right in the way of the cake mixer and toaster at the moment, but the shelves are still a bit full! Most of what is in the containers came from the bench and bins on the floor so I have a long way to go yet!
I’ve made a wishlist for adding to my collection. It currently reads:
Oval 5 x 1 (for rice)
Oval 4 x 1 (for white sugar)
Oval 3 x 1 (for brown rice)
Oval 2 x 9 (for baking and ‘large spices’ like cinnamon bark)
Oval 1 x 12 (for tea bags, nuts, seeds, baking powder and bulk spices)
Square 4 x 1 (for flour)
Spaghetti Dispenser x 1 (uhh…, for spaghetti)
Grand Total: $524.40 OUCH! (Need to get married again and have a Tupperware gift registry..!)
Besides the organisation of shelf product I really need to find an attractive way to store the potatoes and onions as well as the half empty bags of flour. Ideally this would be drawers/bins under the microwave. I don’t particularly like those plastic drawers from Storage Box/The Warehouse… something with a little more style would be more down my alley. But the only thoughts I’ve had are for a couple of rustic nail boxes (maybe with dividers and castors added for ease of use) or some glossy white drawers to match the cabinets (cue hard to find/expensive).
Any other ideas?