Do you want to start eating healthier in the new year? What better place to start in your Sarasota home than the place where all of your food lives – the pantry! Our experts at More Space Place Sarasota have compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks for organizing a healthy pantry below.
Stock up and Start Cooking
All good organization usually starts with a big cleanout. Take this opportunity to stock up on staples like healthy flours, grains, nuts, and spices. Then start using them! Cooking your own meals is one of the easiest ways to incorporate healthier foods into your life.
It doesn’t need to be bland or boring, either. We love adding spice racks to pantries, so you always have flavors from all over the world at hand. Different sized shelves and wire bins are also perfect to store your healthy pantry staples. When you have an organized, functional pantry you have the tools at your fingertips for fun, successful healthy cooking.
In a custom pantry, everything has a place. Built-in baskets are perfect for fresh fruits and eliminate the need for annoying plastic bags. Keep all of your ingredients in labeled, air-tight glass jars on open shelves for you to easily access. If you know exactly where healthy ingredients are you won’t have to spend time looking for them. Eating healthy will be more inspiring and less of an inconvenience!
Location, Location, Location
The most dangerous time for a healthy diet is when the cravings hit, and you open the pantry ready to devour any and all sweet treats – we’ve all been there. Trick yourself by keeping all of the less-healthy snacks at the very top of your pantry, perhaps tucked away in bins.
Then always keep the healthy snacks, like fruits or nuts, in the middle of your pantry at eye level. They will be so easy to reach for you won’t even think twice about the ones up top. Try to remember the saying “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to those guilty pleasure snacks. We also like the saying “in sight, in mind” for your healthy pantry alternative!
Starting with the basics is a perfect first step in leading a healthier lifestyle. At More Space Place Sarasota, we can help you craft a custom healthy pantry solution. Contact us today for a free, in-home consultation!
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If your Sarasota household is full busy children, you know how difficult it can be to stay organized. From morning glasses of orange juice to mid-day snacks, the kitchen is the center of your home. At More Space Place Sarasota, we want to help you keep your pantry organized. With our top tips and expert designs, you can easily have a family-friendly pantry.
Easy Access Snacks
After an active afternoon of flag football and general ruckus, your children are bound to race into the kitchen, proclaiming, “I’m hungry.” At More Space Place Sarasota, we know how helpful it can be to have snacks at the ready. While they would gladly rummage through the pantry until they found the exact snack they were looking for, you can make the process more efficient by storing snacks in color-coded containers. An easily recognizable container can make it easier to keep your kitchen organized.
Use Height To Your Advantage
From candy to a nice bottle of wine, there’s likely something in your pantry that you don’t want your children to get into. This is where you can use the height of your pantry to your advantage. Likewise, store kid-friendly items at their eye-level, so nothing will be knocked over when your children reach for it. The designers at More Space Place Sarasota can give your custom pantry adjustable shelving. Depending on what pantry items you have, you can shift the height of your shelves.
A Place For Everything
In a busy household, mess accumulates quickly. A place for everything makes it easy for everything to be in its place. Starting with shelving, our experts will offer you the custom pantry storage solution you need. Shallow shelves will help prevent you from losing items. Spice racks will increase productivity. A wine rack will provide a touch of style. Our detail-oriented experts can make your pantry perfect for your family.
You deserve to have an organized pantry that you love. Our pantry designs are completely customized for your needs. Contact us or give us a call to schedule a free, in-home design consultation today! We’re happy to help you streamline your pantry system.
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You probably have preferences about the type of wine you enjoy, but are your opinions about wine storage just as strong? At More Space Place Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, we think they should be! If you’re not storing your wine properly, you may be compromising flavor and missing out on the full experience. Create your ideal custom wine storage solution with our team of experts! Read on to learn the basics of wine storage.
To keep your wine in good shape before you can drink it, be sure to store it in a place where it won’t get too much light. As a start, all wine should be stored out of direct sunlight. A closet or storage room with low-level lighting is ideal for maintaining wine freshness for as long as possible.
Without sufficient humidity, the cork in a wine bottle can dry out. When this happens, your wine will oxidize, altering the flavor and ruining the wine. In order to maintain the integrity of the cork and wine, store your wines in a humid location. A storage system that can be kept at 50% humidity or more should do the trick.
Heat is highly destructive to the flavor compounds in wine. Exposing your wine to high temperatures, even for short periods of time, will wreak havoc on the flavor. It’s important to store your wine in a cool, temperature-stable place. Ideally, you should keep your wine between 40° and 65° F, in a location where the temperature never changes by more than about 5° F.
What good is following wine storage best practices if the storage system you develop is inconvenient? When considering your wine storage options, make sure that you find a system that makes your life easier. Like all storage solutions, wine storage should maximize organization and visibility, so that you’re never opening up a chardonnay when you meant to get out the pinot noir.
Get Started in Bradenton Today!
More Space Place is here to help discerning wine lovers in the Bradenton area develop custom wine storage systems. Work with our experts to find storage solutions that work with your budget, lifestyle, and tastes. Visit one of our showrooms in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, or Port Charlotte, or get in touch today to schedule a free in-home estimate!
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Having a pantry for storage in your kitchen can be a mixed blessing. When it’s not organized, a kitchen pantry can quickly become a place where food goes to get lost or stale. How many times have you come home from the grocery store with a can of green beans only to discover you had four in your pantry gathering dust? If you are putting food in your pantry only to lose it and never use it, you are wasting money and space. Customized pantry storage allows you to better organize your kitchen, ultimately leading to quicker meal prep, easier access to your items, and financial savings. More Space Place Sarasota is here to share some features you can consider as you plan your custom pantry storage solution.
Consider Sliding Shelves
One of the reasons pantries tend to collect food that doesn’t get used is because items get shoved to the back of deep-set shelves. Shelves that slide effortlessly out on smooth tracks offer a solution to this problem. You can put just as much food on a shelf, but being able to pull it out for easier access to everything, especially the things in the back, prevents food from going to waste or being forgotten.
Add Shelving to the Door
If your pantry has a regular door that opens on hinges, make sure to utilize the back of the door. This is the perfect place to add shelving or storage racks for spices and small cans. Many people forget about this spot and don’t end up maximizing their pantry’s storage potential.
Choose Shallow Shelves When Possible
If you have a walk-in pantry, consider keeping your shelving fairly shallow. This will help prevent you from losing items inside. It’s also a good idea to store like items together so you can easily see what you have, as well as find what you need when you need it.
Consider Some Drawers
There are some dry items that you will store in your pantry, like bags of rice and pasta, that don’t stack easily on a shelf. A couple of rollout drawers can provide a great place to store these kinds of things. We offer a variety of styles and finishes, as well as hardware options, so you can create a pantry storage system that looks the way you want it to.
When it comes to your kitchen pantry, the more organized you are, the better space will be used. Make sure you aren’t wasting grocery money by buying items that never get used. Invest in a custom storage solution and enjoy a more functional, easily accessible pantry. Contact More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte today for a free in-home consultation! We’ll help you achieve the organized kitchen you’ve always wanted.
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Your kitchen is likely one of the busiest rooms in your home. Unfortunately, kitchen organization is often overlooked or pushed to the side, which can leave you with a big mess when it comes time to prepare a meal. When you have a well-organized kitchen and pantry, the time you spend there can actually become rather enjoyable.
Have a Professional Help Out
Our goal is to create custom storage solutions that our clients will love. Kitchens are an ever-growing part of our business, and we love to help clients design the perfect storage solution for their kitchen. When you contact us for a free consultation, think about what is most important to you. Do you need more space, a better way to keep things tidy, a different look, or all of the above? We can custom design the storage solution that will suit all of your needs.
Keep Snacks Close By
If you have kids, you probably experience a mini-tornado in the kitchen whenever they come through for snacks. One way to keep the snacking well organized is to do some color-coding. Use wire baskets or plastic bins of a certain color to stash snacks. If the kids know their snacks are always in the blue containers, they’re much less likely to make a mess while searching for them.
Look for Space You’re Not Using
There’s probably a fair amount of unused space in your kitchen, but you may not have considered it for storage because it’s in an unusual area. Do you have blank space above the refrigerator, sink, or elsewhere? That space is potentially something that our experts can use to create new storage for you. There may be a great opportunity for brand new shelving and storage solution that you would never have otherwise considered–and you don’t need any major home renovations to get it!
Contact us anytime you feel a storage makeover is what you need. We can create custom storage solutions for your kitchen, closet, or any other room in your home. We are here to help and we look forward to speaking with you soon!
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Any time a homeowner considers a home improvement project, two questions typically come to mind. Does this home improvement make the best use of the space I have? And, will I get my investment in the project back when it comes time to sell the house? Let’s take three popular projects and look at them through the lens of these key factors.
Home Office Build-Out. With the installation of unique home office furniture, it’s possible to create a workspace in a spare bedroom, or even in an unused corner in a larger room of the home. In the case of the bedroom, the home office build-out is a home improvement that promotes a dual purpose for a single space. That’s a particular benefit in smaller homes that have only one or two bedrooms.
While a home office build-out doesn’t rank as high on some home improvement lists, creating a space featuring unique home office furniture will often return about 70% of the money spent on it when the house sells. What’s more, it maximizes your home’s use of space at the same time.
Kitchen Remodel. On the space-saving side, a well-planned kitchen remodel will incorporate the most efficient ways for storing food, kitchen tools, cookware, plates, glassware, and the like. A kitchen home improvement project almost always takes place within its original footprint. This space often becomes a main gathering place at meal times, during parties, or just for a chat, so many kitchens are laid out to accommodate socializing.
In terms of recouping cost, the kitchen remodel has long been at or near the top of the list, with most of these home improvement success stories returning 90% or even 100% and up of the money spent on them.
Pantry Makeover. Because it’s stationed close to the kitchen, a pantry project and its costs are often folded into the kitchen remodel, so as a whole, a kitchen/pantry remodel should be well worth the money invested when a house goes on the market.
Where a well-organized pantry shines, of course, is in the efficient use of its space. Shelving, bins, cabinets, and racks placed properly in this comparatively small space make life easy for the head of the kitchen, or anyone else looking to find an item quickly.
The home office, the kitchen, or the pantry – upgrading any or all of these areas can add to the comfort and utility of a home. Whether you can resell the upgrade for close to its cost, and whether the remodel or makeover you’re considering is the best possible use of space, varies widely from home to home.