These steps are for anyone who’s ready to clear the chaos and have a beautiful pantry, but it’s also a very overlooked issue that turns buyers off.
When people are serious about buying your home, they are going to open all the doors in a house, guess what door is a really important factor in their impression of your home? The Pantry!
Most people have heard “Kitchens and Bathrooms sell homes”, the kitchen includes the storage, in other words, the appeal of your pantry is more important than you realize!
“Why Should I Clean My Pantry, Buyers aren’t purchasing my food!”
Ah! Many homeowners with a “for sale” sign in their front yard can relate, it already feels as if your home is on display, the last thing you want to do is have to make your pantry perfect! You’re not alone, and you’re right buyers shouldn’t be interested in your food, BUT they are extremely interested in the space of your pantry.
When shelves are being weighed down and cans are toppling over, it appears as if your pantry just doesn’t have the storage needed.
Don’t Worry, You’re only 5 Steps From a Pantry You (and Potential Buyers) Can Really Appreciate
5.) Start with the end goal in mind! Step 5 is incredibly easy, but don’t overlook it, it’s extremely effective! Find an image of your “Pantry Goals”, Yes, we said #Pantrygoals, you will be surprised how many images you can find of envy worthy pantries for every shape, size, and budget. This will give you a target to hit, and a blueprint of what storage solutions you will need. Maybe it’s plastic tubs, wicker baskets, glass jars, or galvanized cubes.
4.) Gather up your storage solutions. At this point you can make a good estimate of what you’ll need, but don’t worry this can all be adjusted at the end. Stores like Ikea, Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store are popular spots to get everything you need. If you’re working on a tight budget, consider Amazon and the dollar tree. The reason this step comes early, is because it’s one that gets skipped if it’s not done from the start. It’s also a great motivator!
3.) Everything that isn’t fixed to the walls must be pulled out. It’s easy to go in and shift things around, but that will NEVER get the job done, trust us, it’s much easier and less time consuming to pull everything out.
When your pantry is empty, use this time to sweep, wipe down and repair any areas that need it. Dry erase sponges are great options for scuffs.
2.) Donate what you won’t be using, throw away the expired goods, and then separate the remainder into categories. Don’t worry this doesn’t need to be pretty, it can be done on your kitchen floor if necessary. KEEP GOING, this is the most intimidating part of the process, the part where you feel like you made a bigger mess than before. Here’s a quick guide on categorizing:
- Boxed Foods
- Canned Goods
- Cooking & Baking Supplies
- Dry Stored Vegetables
- The final step should be done one Category (or pile at this point) at a time, begin filling the appropriate containers and placing them in the pantry, grouped together.
Pro Tips from INhance IT!
- Labeling is a great option, especially if you’ve used containers that aren’t transparent. The chalkboard label stickers have been a huge hit because they can be erased and changed.
- Customizing is important, do what works for your family, if that means the snacks and cookies need to be on the top shelf away from little hands, then so be it. If you prefer having “on-the-go” breakfast items right at arm’s reach, put them there.
- Remember: The goal is not for your pantry items to be on display for judgement, but for the space in your pantry to be displayed in the best possible way.
- Put spaces where you can, instead of letting the bins or jars have their sides touching, try to space them just a little bit. This tip not only looks better aesthetically, but it’s also much more practical when you’re pulling the bins in and out.
- If possible, keep all corners visible. If you have a sliding closet this means the top corners of the ceiling are showing which reveals the height, and the bottom four corners of the floor are visible which shows the actual floor space available. This automatically makes the space look larger. Same goes for walk-in pantries.
- Now that you have a beautiful pantry, the major key to keeping it in check is not to overcrowd it again. Your storage should make it simple to take inventory before you go grocery shopping, so you can avoid duplicates and overflow.
Photo: Woman’s Day