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 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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