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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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.
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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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Have you ever felt frustrated by your laundry room? Lacking the right amount of storage and counter space can turn laundry into a frustrating and annoying chore. Make things easier on yourself with custom laundry storage solutions from the experts at More Space Place Sarasota. You live a unique lifestyle, and the best way to reflect that is with custom storage solutions that make your life simpler. Consider the laundry storage ideas we’ve compiled below!
Cabinets Above Your Washer and Dryer
Add both space and storage with cabinets installed above your washer and dryer. Leaving space between the bottom of the cabinets and the top of your washer and dryer will give you both counter space to fold clothes and storage space for clothes and supplies.
Cabinets With Built-In Space for Your Washer and Dryer
It’s incredibly frustrating to have your washer and dryer feel cluttered with ill-fitting cabinets and storage. Custom storage for your washer and dryer is a simple fix. Having a designated space where your washer and dryer live is the perfect way to give your laundry area a neat, clean feel. This also gives you a flat surface above your dryer to utilize.
Pull-Out Drawers for Laundry Baskets
Keep dirty laundry neat and concealed until it’s time to load your washing machine. Use pull-out drawers with a customized amount of space for laundry baskets. You’ll feel less stressed and more organized when dirty clothes aren’t simply out in the open.
Built-In Drying Rack
A built-in rack to dry clothes on will simplify the routine of doing laundry as well as save space. A built-in drying rack can also double as a space to hang clean clothes.
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For all your closet needs, the experts at More Space Place Sarasota are here for you! Get in touch with our team today for a free in-home consultation. We’re always happy to help you create the perfect storage solution. Give us a call or find a location near you! We have three convenient showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte.
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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If you feel like you’re constantly reorganizing your pantry, it might be time to rethink your storage. It doesn’t take much for a pantry to become disorganized, and this isn’t unique to homes across the Florida Suncoast. Kitchen pantries everywhere are easily cluttered, especially in households with larger families. If you’re ready to say goodbye to clutter and hello to a neatly arranged and tidy pantry, the experts at More Space Place are here to help!
Start With Shelving
There are many storage solutions you can employ when designing a custom pantry, and configuring your shelving is a good place to start. Adjustable shelves are perfect for creating flexible storage that can change along with your needs. Take inventory of what types of food and kitchen appliances, such as blenders, mixers, and toasters, you’ll need to store in your pantry. This can help guide your shelving design and make sure you incorporate enough space to accommodate everything.
Drawers & Cabinetry
In addition to the shelving system, drawers and cabinetry are great things to consider as part of your pantry’s design. Drawers work well for storing smaller items that tend to get lost or kitchen linens you want to stay clean. Cabinets contribute to a tidy appearance, as you can store things in them you want out of sight. You can also incorporate shelves inside your cabinets for further utility. You’ll be able to customize the look of your storage by choosing from a variety of colors and finishes, as well as different hardware for your cabinet handles and drawer pulls.
Fun & Useful Additions
Once you’ve decided on your main storage framework, you can start thinking about the smaller components that will really make your pantry special. Wine and spice racks, wire baskets, and hanging systems all add stylistic elements, but they also enhance the effectiveness and productivity of the space. These extra storage solutions help round out your pantry and help create a cohesive unit that will ensure you love spending time in your kitchen.
To learn more or to schedule a free in-home design consultation with one of our storage experts, contact More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte today! Let this be the year you make your custom pantry dreams come true.
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Like bedroom closets, we often find that our kitchen pantries don’t have enough space for all of the items we need to store in them. This can be a frustrating problem to have, especially if you have a large household with a lot of mouths to feed. At More Space Place of Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte, we provide custom storage solutions that make the most of the space you have. We work with you to turn your cluttered and disorganized pantry into a highly functioning kitchen storage area. Read on to learn about some of the best ways to organize your pantry.
There are many options for pantry storage systems. Between rotating and extending shelves, dividers, pullout baskets, and wine and spice racks, you can utilize different components to create a system to perfectly suit your storage needs. Are you tired of digging to the back of the dark and crowded cupboard to find the spices you need for dinner? Spice racks make it easy to quickly find what you need when you need it. Do you find old and stale chips buried under cracker boxes that you forgot you had? Shelves and dividers can help eliminate that problem. By building a custom storage solution for your pantry using the different storage elements, you’ll never discover old and moldy fruit in the forgotten pantry corner again.
Storing Items In Groups
After you’ve designed and installed your custom pantry storage setup, you can start arranging your food items. Grouping like items together is a good way to maintain organization. Store canned goods together on shelves in an area you designate for non-perishable food. Utilize similar containers for smaller snacks and treats that you can store side by side. This uniformity will make your pantry look clean and tidy while allowing for easy access of your food. Baskets work well for storing fruits and vegetables, as well as certain products that should be kept separate from food, such as cleaning supplies. Arranging your food in similar groups will help you keep track of the various goods and know exactly where to look when you need something.
The storage options at More Space Place are not only incredibly functional, but look great, too. You can choose from a variety of color, material, and style options to match your kitchen’s look. Call us today to get started and schedule your free in-home design consultation. Or if you’re out and about, stop by one of our showrooms in Sarasota, Bradenton, or Port Charlotte. We’re here to help with all your storage needs!
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.