Promoting Health with an Organized Pantry

In “Essential Pantry Design Ideas for Organizing Your Home”,  we provided tips and tools for organizing a walk in pantry. But in smaller kitchens, the pantry’s contents must approach the bare necessities––those foods and kitchen items that directly contribute to you and your family’s well-being.

The pantry, lately, has received a bad reputation for its association with sugary cereals and late-night gluttony. We praise the refrigerator, in its place, for storing our dairy, produce, and that oh-so-delicious doggy bag.

But as we step away from the processed foods that got us through the ‘50s, and as most return to treat meats as delicacies and not necessities, the pantry can regain its rightful place in the home: directly on par with the fridge it complements. Armed with healthful pantry design ideas, and determined to upgrade your home organization levels, you can alter your pantry of guilty pleasures into one that tempts you to make the healthiest meals.

First, you must throw away and stop buying processed foods you do not want in your home: the 27g of sugar in your cereal, the MSG in your instant noodles, the corn syrup in your barbecue sauce––the list continues. Replace those “ready-to-eat foods” with natural base ingredients, such as dried lentils, brown rice, quinoa, or dry oats, all of which can be stored in a single pullout bin for smaller packages, or basket, for bulk items.

The second batch of staples to be introduced to your pantry includes oils, dressings, spices, and herbs. Whether your head chef is more of an “extra virgin olive oil with lemon” type, or a “turmeric, mustard seed, and cayenne” kind, our home organization specialists are happy to recommend spice racks, custom shelving, and other appropriate pantry design ideas for your family’s unique lifestyle and cravings.

Next in are the fruits and vegetables; potatoes, apples, carrots, tomatoes, and onions are few among many that don’t require refrigeration. Most people could benefit from storing more vegetables in the house only because it makes them more immediately available and therefore attractive than food that implies a checkout line. Make them as easy to access as possible by keeping them in a shallow pull out basket drawer just below shoulder level.

Last come the drink necessities: the coffee beans, the stevia, the tea leaves, and the wines. Keeping quality refreshments such as these in the home saves not only time, but also money. Who needs an artisanal but overpriced cup of coffee, when you have a pound of freshly roasted beans at home? Shelving made to the height of your beverage items or custom wine racks that fit either inside or outside your pantry are two viable solutions for saving pantry space.

At, you can locate your nearest consultants, ready to help you design and install the most efficient shelving and storage system for your wellness aspirations. For more pantry design ideas, be sure to visit our related article on essential pantry design.