A small house if full of charm and ultra small cabinets. Tackling a tiny kitchen has been my battle for 5 years! I have added bookcases and wall shelves. I turned my laundry “nook” into additional kitchen/pantry space with industrial shelving. The one area that hasn’t been touched is the very narrow built-in pantry cabinet. The cabinet is only about 12″ wide and very deep. This makes finding items in the back nearly impossible. I am constantly shoving things back there only to find them in the “once-every-6-months” clean out. UGH! I forget what I have stored and I re-buy. This is such a waist of time & money!
During my Fall Cleaning weekend, I decided it was time to find a solution to this issue. I need a easy way to “see” what I had. I keep like ingredients together – a shelf for sauces and spices, a baking shelf that holds all mixes, flours/sugars and add-ins. And a shelf for coffee and tea bags (yes, we drink a lot!). (Canned goods are stored in the laundry nook / pantry.) I started with painting the inside of the cabinet door with chalkboard paint. I like this option – it is one way to label the shelves. Or note what I need on the next trip to the store.
Next, I wanted way to record what baking neccesities I had on hand. I created this checklist in illustrator. (you could easier make this in picmonkey or even just word, if you needed too) I listed each of my categories : Cake Mixes, Flours/Sugars, Nuts & Chips (chocolate, butterscotch, PB), and Add-ins. Allowed columns for flavor/style and quantity. I left a space under each for items I may need to replace or items that I have seen in a recipe that I need to pick up. Now I can check this before heading to the market.
I laminated it to make it re-usable. Using a mini clipboard (spray painted bronze!), the list hangs perfectly inside my little pantry!
Here’s the PDF printable! kitchen pantry list.-free-printabl