How To Deal With Pantry Pull Out Shelves
Pull-out pantry shelves, or really any wide, shallow, pull-out shelves are such a successful idea in theory. Indeed, they are a huge step beyond the deep shelf, which doesn’t provide sufficient access to items residing at the back. The pull-out shelf is the deep shelf but movable, see.
If we’re being honest (which, most times around here we are, to the point of vast over sharing and by “we” of course I mean “I”), the shallow pull-out shelf has not yet reached its ideal storage developmental stage.
If you possess a good dose of organizational tendencies, pull-out shelves won’t present such a challenge. But if, like two of my clients in the past week and a half, you struggle in the organizational department, shallow pull-out shelves can be the greatest storage nightmare realized.
Why? These shelves are essentially just flat surfaces you’re supposed to put stuff on. Fill them up, no less, because hey, you can still get to the stuff at the back! The edges aren’t high enough to lean anything on, there are no divisions of space denoting where certain things should go; handing these to my clients is like saying, “Here, store the whole contents of your pantry on a painting board.” And also, the most sadistic, “Good luck (sucker).”
Here’s how to make sure those pull-out shelves don’t get the better of you:
1. Ruthlessly Monitor and Maintain
Starting with the most obvious– you must continually go through the contents of these shelves and dispose of items that are expired, no longer desirable, or almost depleted (keeping an entire cereal box for a measly three Cheerios is stupid). If you neglect to do so but continue to add in newly purchased items, you are certain to end up with really cluttered shelves.
2. Add Storage Containers
Adding bins or containers to your pull-out shelves will provide you with divisions of space, taking the guesswork out of where things belong. Allocate a bin for each category (pastas, cereals, snacks, chips, granola bars, whatever) and nest the boxes and bags within. You can opt for cabinet organizers or plastic storage boxesto hold food items in their packaging, or, if you want to decant things like tea bags, oatmeal packets, granola bars, etc, you can try a clear bin with dividers. You can also ditch the varied packaging and establish a uniform look with a container set.
3. Give Preference to the Big, Hard Stuff
When possible, avoid using your pull out shelves for regular eats and treats (non-sturdy things such as potato chip bags, etc) which are topple-prone and easily turn into a mess. Instead, stick to using them for storing canned goods, large sacks and bags of sugar and flour, and lesser used kitchen appliances.
Those are my tips; how do you deal with pantry pull-out shelves?Image credits: BHG, Dearborn Cabinetry, Southern Living, I Heart Organizing, BHG, Organized Mom, House and Home
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