I love organizing and one of my favorite places to organize is a kitchen pantry. For me, there’s something so wonderful about creating the different categories, all catered to what each client needs, arranging them in a way that is personalized and specific to the people who live in the house, and then being able to stand back and see the end result – an organized pantry where everything is seen. I absolutely love taking a small, focused space and making it completely organized and “pretty”. Since starting Top Shelf I’ve used several different organizing items in pantries but the one item I recommend more than anything else is a standard wire basket. These can be found at stores ranging from different dollar stores all the way up to West Elm and The Container Store.
One thing I love about wire baskets is you don’t have to use a label. I know labels are super popular right now, but not everyone has the creative bug to create and maintain labels. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not for everyone. Wire baskets are great if you want to keep your items contained but still want to see how much you have. And the great thing about baskets is, the contents don’t have to be arranged nicely. They’re baskets! Just throw those bags, boxes, or bars in there and walk away.
By using wire baskets, you can tell with just a glance what “category” they basket belongs in, the contents it holds, if your supply is getting low or if you can skip buying that item the next time you are at the grocery store. I had one client who didn’t realize the amount of beans and lentils she had until I gathered them all and put them in one basket. When she saw all that she had she said, “Well, looks like I won’t be needing to buy lentils and beans for a while!” (saving money, cha-ching!)
So, could your pantry use some wire baskets? Go check out your pantry and see if they could help you out too.