Khloe Kardashian recently gave the world a peek inside her own , and her food-storing system is on point. Lucky for us, we know the experts who made it happen.
Mary Astadourian and Jennifer Dynof, the duo behind and Khloe K's impressive pantry, gave us some insightful and inspiring tips for whipping any kitchen into shape.
1. Designate a space. No matter how small your kitchen may be, find a space to create a pantry – whether it's an entire room or just a corner of your kitchen. If you have your dried goods and canned food spread out it will be much more difficult to keep track of what you have, and you will end up buying more than you need.
2. Make zones. The key to an organized pantry is to group things the way you and your family use them. All breakfast items together, pastas together, grains together, all snack foods together – you get the picture.
3. Seeing is essential. In a well-organized pantry it's important that things are visible. We advise putting dry goods (sugar, flour, etc.) into clear containers to give you a quick visual of how much of any one item is left. Plus, keep the items you use most at the forefront and a stool on hand for accessing overhead shelves.
4. Bins and baskets are your friends. Using matching containers is a great way to give your pantry space a uniform look. If space permits, we like to give everyone their own bin filled with their favorite treats. Kids will love them, too!
5. Clean regularly. Don't be afraid to clean out your panty just as you would your clothes closet. Do a thorough edit at least twice a year, tossing any foods that may have expired and pulling out anything your family no longer eats. You can donate extra canned goods to a food bank or shelter in your area.
6. Label, label, label. The best way to stay organized is to label the items in your pantry. This also helps everyone in the household find what they are looking for and know where things go when they put them away.
7. Know what you have. One of our favorite tips we give clients is to create a list of staples in their pantry and tack it to the door. As things get low, check them off the list so you have a visual tab of what you have left on hand.
8. Keep it stocked. The concept of a pantry is a space to store food, so stock up! Having a hardy reserve means you are always prepared to cook-up a last minute meal.
9. Make it your own. The pantry is part of your daily ritual, and it should be organized in a way that is most efficient for your needs. It should also fit with the rest of your home's aesthetic. Don't be afraid to paint it a fun color or get creative with your basket selection!