The kitchen seems to be the heart of the home in more ways than one. Any Realtor will tell you that the kitchen can make or break the sale of a home. Today we want to talk about cleaning and caring for your custom pantries.
Most modern homes are designed with a designated storage area, either as kitchen cabinets or dedicated closets. Typically kitchen pantry is used to store a variety of items, including food, baking ingredients, groceries, and other food items. The larger the pantry the more it can store. The kitchen pantry can be regarded as an ancillary extension to the kitchen. And become as unruly and disorganized as any closed space.
This brings us to several tips for keeping on top of the clutter, as well as a good once-over this Spring.
#1 – go through each shelf, emptying it entirely.
Discard expired or spoiled items.
Sort like items ie:
- baking goods,
- canned fruits and vegetables,
- legumes and beans,
- dry grains and cereals,
- stocked savory condiments,
- sweet condiments and toppings,
#2 – clean thoroughly.
- Begin by dusting each area to remove debris.
- Wipe out with a clean damp cloth.
- Use a duster to reach in the back of shelves, around trim and corners of walls and ceilings
- Even though the shelving and trim is hidden, abstain from using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals on any wood. This will create weakness in the finish and allow condensation, rot and eventually ruin the entire shelf.
#3- Look Up
While re-stocking, look upward for extra space. Most of us organize left to right, but don’t forget about all the space you have between shelves.
- On top shelves place your light-weight items – extra tissue boxes, paper towels, and seasonal items that you rarely need to reach for.
- In the front keep daily use items.
- near the bottom keep things that get ‘tossed’ like recyclables and extra plastic bags.
- don’t forget the space behind doors where hangers and spice racks are popular
In your next re-design take the ideas that you like and the frustrations in your current shelving arrangement to your kitchen designer. Get shelves that fit your lifestyle, pots and pans, and always get enough shelves so there’s no wasted vertical space.
#4 – Get a glass of wine
Relax before the kids come home. Job well done!