An interior design shows us how to organise a pantry

Clever solutions maximise space and help make the most of your kitchen, creating a sense of ordered calm and an environment that allows you to cook and entertain with ease.

Good pantry storage is also essential if you want to make the most of a compact room. Being able to put pots and pans away neatly will help boost the sense of space, while well thought-out storage for ingredients and china will make cooking and serving easier.

PANTRY STORAGE IDEAS

Learn how to organise a pantry with these inspiring pantry storage ideas from Katharine Pooley.

1. ORGANISE YOUR STORAGE

Firstly, I cannot recommend enough investing in some sort of storage or organisation. Whether that’s a revolving spice wheel or just some additional shelving; it’ll make organising your pantry infinitely easier, as well as being a really simple way to make the space look tidier and more structured.

Pantry storage ideas

Photography: James Merrell

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2. LIGHT UP

If you own a pantry, or a larger cupboard, I’d recommend getting some spot lights. They can be battery operated and added to the top of shelves to create additional light; it’ll make the space seem larger, it’ll be easier to spot what you’re looking for, and will overall make the space seem more appealing.

organise a pantry

Photography: Katharine Pooley

3. BE MINDFUL OF WASTE

Group foods or drinks in terms of how soon their expiration date is; that way it’s easier to keep an eye out on when things are going off, and you can reduce waste.

4. TRICK THE EYE

It might sound simple, but make sure the taller items go towards the back; it’s easy to put things at the front when you’ve just used them, but that will lead smaller items getting forgotten about at the back, plus a general untidy feel.

Pantry storage ideas

Photography: Carolyn Barber

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5. REACH OUT

Try to avoid putting any delicate or glass objects higher up; it’s a recipe for disaster if you’re reaching for something that can easily slip and break.

organise a pantry

Photography: Katharine Pooley

6. USE LABELS

Labelled containers or drawers are a godsend, and will prevent you rummaging around to find what you’re looking for. The embossed drawers in my Devon project have been a life saver!

7. MOVE REGULARLY

I would recommend rotating the items in your pantry on a frequent basis, to avoid food collecting dust at the back and never getting used. You’d be surprised what concoctions you can create with tins in the back of your cupboard.

Pantry storage ideas

Photography: Laura Edwards

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8. MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY INCH

Adding shelves to your cupboard doors is a fantastic way to add space for narrower items, like spices. Especially if you’re working with small cupboards, this really opens up the space opportunity and makes excellent use of what would be a wasted space.

organise a pantry

Photography: Katharine Pooley

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