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Old 10-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #21
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How much counter space or wall space for shelves do you have? I took all my spices, baking powder/soda/cornstarch/etc type stuff all out of drawers and cabinets and instead have them in wooden wine boxes I got from Costco. My contractor put a shelf right in the middle of it and when the wine box is on it's side I have a double shelf. I have four of them lined up on the wall at the back of one counter. The spices and oils/vinegars/etc are all lined up in them, along with baking type stuff, and vitamins. On the top of the wine boxes is all my tea and then large glass containers and mason jars with dry goods. I buy bulk flour, sugar, wheat flour, brown sugar, rice, pasta, beans and nuts and then put a usable amount in the large glass jars and store the rest in a place that is accessible enough to dig into once a month or less frequently with a little work.

Does this make any sense? Haha, I can't tell if this description works at all because it's in front of me at the moment.

This freed up TWO cabinets and TWO whole drawers that now hold like half my kitchen stuff and all glassware. It gave me so much space.

ETA: I am next going to do this with my veggies along another wall/counter


I was flipping through channels a few weeks ago and saw this, and decided I NEED to do it
I saw this episode before I even had a family and I LOVED that idea and stockpiled it into my brain with the other 10,000 ideas I have for my dream home....but even with a family now, I don't think we'd ever go through that much food before it spoiled.

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #22
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Re: Kitchen storage solutions?

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I saw this episode before I even had a family and I LOVED that idea and stockpiled it into my brain with the other 10,000 ideas I have for my dream home....but even with a family now, I don't think we'd ever go through that much food before it spoiled.
I think the key may be to shellac a few potatoes and onions and have them for show

I actually think that if I put it away from the light, I do go through onions, potatoes, garlic, lemons, bananas and apples that fast. I would find more things to go through that fast!
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Re: Kitchen storage solutions?

We have the tiniest kitchen (tiniest house) ever, and have battled the storage issue constantly.
We started out using the hall closet as a pantry, but this left us with no place for coats. Fine in summer, not so much in winter. So we returned it to its rightful role as coat/boot/vac bags/craft stuff/shopping bags storage, lol.

I got this shelf at Container Store, although I know you could find something much, much cheaper (just one of the tall parts), and some DVD boxes that fit canned goods really, really well.
This went in the corner of our table area (so when DH sits down, his back is to the shelf instead of the wall, KWIM?) It's a nice looking shelf, so it's not weird to have it exposed, and the shelves are adjustable so I made it fit what we needed (ie trash can is on lowest shelf, etc). The DVD boxes keep some of the "clutter" hidden and semi-organized. Stuff we don't use as much, goes way up top (I am short).
I also moved everything not likely to be needed right away (as in, the pot is boiling and I need to XYZ) to the living room. One shelf of our bookcase is dedicated to large trays/platters/etc and another for baskets (used for chips, rolls, etc).
I don't have a huge stockpile of canned goods or anything, but if I did... I would put a small amount on the black shelves, and the rest upstairs under our bed, lol. That is where we store toilet paper, bedsheets, DD's outgrown clothes, and the highchair
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