When it comes to pantry cabinets in your kitchen, the top shelves (usually the first two shelves) are the most difficult to negotiate with.
No matter how large or small your pantry cabinets are, the top shelves are never visible or accessible enough. Therefore, you can’t treat all shelves equally and jam things up on your top shelves indiscriminately. Items stored at the back rows of the topmost shelves usually remain idle and therefore, unused, for a long-time. To avoid this from happening this to your kitchen, always learn from the best practices when it comes to pantry cabinet organization.
Here’s a quick guide which lists six of such pantry storage solutions that could change the way you store things on the top of your pantry shelves.
Invest in a Step Stool
Whether you’re tall or short, sometimes, we all struggle to negotiate with the top shelves in our pantry cabinet. No matter how well things are organized up there, you still benefit from a pantry stool in the kitchen. Even as this may seem pretty obvious to you, it’s astounding how many kitchens don’t have a step stool in their pantry. Always go for a lightweight (yet sturdy) and foldable pantry stool that you can easily put away when not in use.
Use Bins to Your Advantage
The top shelves of your pantry are the least frequented zones in your kitchen, and therefore, you should store things have seasonal use. Use plastic or wire bins and store the lightweight items so it’s easy to pull it them down when needed.
Store Items Vertically
Cookie sheets and serving trays tend to take a lot of space when they are stored horizontally. However, if you store them vertically with spacers in between (as shown in the image above), you can make optimum use of the top shelves of your pantry. Apart from the space management, this also protects the items from accidentally falling over your head when you pull them out.
Make the Top Shelf Shallow
There are visibility issues with the top one or two shelves of your pantry cabinets. Therefore, unless you use a step tool, you won’t be able to see what’s at the back of the top shelves anyway. To fix this issue, you can make the top one or two shelves relatively shallower, e.g, by an inch or two, leaving only enough storage space for just one row of pantry items.
Leave 3-4 Inches of Clearance
Many people tend to stack their pantry items indiscriminately on their top shelves, only to find it difficult to get them out. It’s a bad practice that they need to do away with. Instead of jamming things like that, you should leave at 3-4 inches of clearance between the top of the pantry item and the ceiling. This also makes your items look clean and organized.
Don’t Store Heavy Items on Top Shelves
It’s a no-brainer but still merits a mention — never put the heavy items (such as stand mixture) on the top-most shelves. Not only it is difficult for you to get them down for use but you run the risk of accidents as well. Keep the heavy items on the lower shelves while the lighter items go to the top shelves.
Great kitchens are often the combination of functional layout and prudent storage organization. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, the way you approach the difficult storage areas (such as base cabinet corners and top shelves) makes your kitchen a great experience. With the above pantry storage solutions, you can optimize the available storage space like never before.