If you follow along on Instagram Stories you know I’ve been working with Ellen of Southern Sequence to organize different areas of our home! Staying organized doesn’t come naturally to me so when we moved this summer I knew I needed to enlist the help of a professional!
If you’re in Houston and looking for help organizing one of your spaces, I highly recommend her! We purchased a package and I’m so impressed with everything we were able to accomplish during our sessions. We organized my office, the garage, master closet, and pantry! I have to say one of my favorite areas we tackled together was the pantry. In our last house, we had a cabinet as our pantry so to finally be able to display food in fun jars was a weird dream of mine lol! I knew I couldn’t afford to deck out the pantry from head to toe in acrylic pieces from The Container Store so we opted for a less expensive route. I love how it turned out so I asked Ellen to share a few tips on how to recreate at home!!
Store items that are used together near each other. For example, you might have a shelf dedicated to meals with three bins for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Then, another for the kid zone where all their snacks and food items will be stored. Drinks can be stored together in another area, and so forth.
TJ Maxx or HomeGoods will offer a variety of containers for a discounted price. The downside is they may not always match. As long as they are made of the same or a complementary material this will help everything look cohesive, and keep visual clutter at bay! You’ll notice in Meredith’s pantry we used a variety of acrylic containers that are different styles and sizes. Then the white and water hyacinth bins are complementary finishes that tie everything together.
When possible display colorful items in a ROYGBIV pattern. This comes in handy with kid foods as they are typically very colorful!
If your kiddos are of age to help themselves to meals and snacks, store them on a lower shelf for easier access. I always suggest storing the least used items on the top shelf. This might be small appliances, or party supplies only used for guests.