Last week we got to work with a family that had the most ethnically diverse pantry we have ever seen. When a client knows what fish sauce is, we are impressed. When they have three different types, we are blown away! Needless to say, this pantry was an awesome project!
The biggest challenge for the client was that this pantry is in her laundry room. The kitchen was remodeled by the previous owners, and while it looks amazing, it has very little room for food storage. Therefore, most of the food has to be kept in the cabinets in the laundry room. There were four cabinets that had food in them. Here they are:
The first step? Tossing out all the expired food. In total, there were 11 kitchen-size garbage bags FULL of food that were expired. There could be more, but the crazy Asian food didn’t have expiration dates (or at least ones we could read!), so the client had to go off her memory.
The next step? Create a system for the cabinets. We kept the four cabinets furthest away from the kitty litter box as food storage. Instead of a little bit of everything in each one, they each got a theme:
Grown-up snacks and breakfast food
(and the Goldfish that wouldn’t fit with the kid snacks section)
Keeping cooking staples, like pastas and beans in clear, labeled containers so the client can easily see what she is running low on when making her grocery list.
Keep packets of seasoning and small packages contained in small boxes.
Vegetables on the top shelf, soups and proteins on the next shelf, sauces on the bottom two shelves.
We worked on the kitchen and the other laundry room cabinets too. More of those “after” pictures to come soon! :-)