De-cluttered Pantry Using Design Philosophy

Okay so yes I’m a graphic designer by profession but I bring my design eye into everything I do.  Just like everyone my home gets into a cluttered mess at times. My latest project was my pantry.

Every time I went in there it was driving me crazy because it would take me so much time to find anything in there and often times I completely missed that I had something stuck under a basket or pile of other stuff. So I decided to do something about it. With a little budget I decided to cluttered, throw away things I didn’t use or were expired and completely empty every shelf. I looked at every single item and tossed out probably 1/3 of the items that just weren’t any good anymore. I then purchased clear canisters of a variety of sizes to house all the dried cooking ingredients that I use often. After that I purchased a few wire baskets and clear shelf baskets to house miscellaneous items like canned goods and dried food packets. It was about a 2 day project all in, but can I tell you it was like a therapy session! I felt so much better as did my family once they opened the doors to our new beautiful pantry. With these small changes now we are able to locate absolutely every item in there and can quickly see if something is running low for our next shopping trip. Design is all around us. It can help us in our daily life not just a business project. Just like I tell my corporate clients when designing a website or a logo simplicity and elegance is key. Your clients need to be able to find information quickly without getting frustrated. Well why not apply that same philosophy to our home lives and closets! Super excited about this mini project. Before and after photos below. Enjoy!