The pantry is fairly deep and quite wide. However, the door to the pantry is very narrow. So about half of the pantry is pretty inaccessible and unusable. To make matters worse, the part of the pantry that I can’t get to easily, has an odd-angled wall, so the pantry isn’t even rectangular. AND there is a lot of wasted space above the top shelf – again, space I can’t really get to. The space is, of course, much taller than the door.
I would like to use containers to organize everything, because it helps keep things from falling all over the place. But I’m still looking at all that wasted space – space I desperately need! Can you give me some ideas on how to deal with this? Thank you so much for your thoughts!”
Oh, boy! This has motivated me. Thanks!
If you notice in the 2 pictures that refer to painting to lighten things up, there is a 1 x 2 or a 1 x 1 board under each shelf used for support. You could do that to your pantry and thus eliminate those vertical boards that are separating the shelves. This might allow more or bigger sized shelf boxes. It is a fairly easy renovation that will create an open shelf appearance. Anna, I just found your website and really love all your helpful tips for organization.
Thank you Patti!!! 🙂
I know this is an old post but these are Great Suggestions!! I love Patti’s comment about the support boards too. Another couple of solutions I thought of – 1) add lighting to the closet as it looks very dark in there. You can get the battery operated LED lights for a reasonable price and since the lights would not need to be on for long periods they should last for a very long time. Sam’s has a 2 pack of under the counter LED lights with a remote for about $30. This is a great option when electrical is not nearby.
2) Paint the shelves white or cover in light colored contact paper to help brighten up the space.
This makes me want to go organize my pantry now!