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.
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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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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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!