We have a very small kitchen.
Our kitchen is functional but it’s lacking storage space. All of the cabinets hold our dishes, cups, pots, pans and bowls and there is little room for food storage. All of our food was being stored in a small cabinet in the kitchen that we call the pantry.
We’ve made this space work for the past 4 years we’ve lived in our home but as our children are growing, we’re needing to purchase more food. We’ve been cramming the small cabinet full but didn’t have enough space to truly ‘stock the pantry’.
We needed pantry space in our home.
Of course, we could remodel our kitchen or purchase a large cabinet that would take up more floor space to serve as a larger pantry but both of these options would cost money that we don’t want to spend right now.
We decide to turn one of our hall closets into a pantry.
Our 1970s home is small but we do have 2 small closets in our hall.
One of the closets was considered mine and the other was my husband’s. My closet contained my sewing machine, art supplies, scrapbooks, yearbooks and other crafty things. My husband’s closet held his tech gear – cameras, tripods, cds, hard-drives and such.
We decided that the best thing for our family was for us combine the contents of these two closets into one and use the other closet for our pantry.
While our boys were visiting grandparents for a week, we emptied the contents of both closets into their bedroom and went through the contents.
I went through pictures and old scrapbooks, purging items that had no real sentimental value. I moved art and craft supplies into our school cabinet that’s in our dining room. After I put my items back into the closet, there were 3 free shelves and half of the floor space available for John David’s things.
John David purged boxes (he’s always kept tech boxes), papers, cds, videotapes and cables. He ended up with a small pile of things to sell and a pile of items to bring to church to use (he does work in church production so these things will be useful there) as well as a lot of papers and boxes to recycle. And, we ended up with 2 bags of trash between us.
In the end, we merged the contents of our two closets into one and only put one small tote (that contains cables and other miscellaneous tech stuff) in the floor of the second closet which is now our storage pantry.
We now have a real pantry in our home. We didn’t spend any money or knock out any walls. We just spent a few hours clearing our home of items that were no longer useful to our family and created the space we needed.
Do you have a need for more space in your home? Could you create the space you need by clearing clutter?