It’s hard to drive by our house and see little progress. The rain and the holiday season delayed our renovation by a couple of weeks. The concrete has been poured and the framing has begun, but we really hoped we’d be framing two weeks ago.
Everyone said there would be delays and we should be ready for them, but it still kinda pains us to watch the place sit still.
Our contractor swears that the delays are not major issues and that we will be able to move very quickly now. We’re taking him at his word because, well, what else can you do? So when we walked through the house this weekend, I snapped some pictures and tried to get myself into a more open and eager state of mind.
Our initial plans for the kitchen didn’t include a pantry. I don’t have a pantry currently and I greatly desperately urgently wanted one. After the drafts went back and forth with the architect, and an exit was shifted to another part of the house, it became apparent that we could include one in the corner.
Hallelujah and pass the oversized KitchenAid mixer!
So as you look at this picture – just imagine that the window is gone and there is a walk in pantry in the back corner instead. Then the kitchen wraps around the pantry wall, with an island in the middle.
There are so many gorgeous photos of carefully curated pantries with glass jars containing lentils and cinnamon sticks. I’m such a sucker for that stuff. But, realistically, the thing I look most forward to is being able to pull out my crockpot without walking into the basement.
Our shelving will likely be laminate. It’s more cost effective than wood and that seems like such an easy thing for Mike and I to do ourselves in a couple of years after we’ve used the pantry and get a feel for any changes we might want to make. I can’t be expected to know how I will want to store my cinnamon sticks at the moment, can I?
So I’ll throw out the question … what’s the best way to organize a pantry? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?