Organizing the Pantry
C: Hi, Deepali. I love how clean, fresh, and organized your pantry space feels. What were your design goals for the pantry before the renovation?
D: Growing up in India, the importance of choosing what you need and never keeping things with no purpose was embedded in me by my mother; she was very organized for her times! We always purchased produce and items from the corner grocery store in our neighborhood every other day. Saving money and avoiding wastage was an important lesson I learned growing up. Kondo's method was something I practiced anyways, remove the clutter, and get rid of anything that makes me unhappy; designing my pantry, I focused on the necessity and no wastage!
C: Where are the shelving units from?
D: Our main goal was to design the space so that everything could be easy to see and easily accessible. We decided to continue with the rest of the kitchen's all-white theme, see the entire kitchen remodel here. We also added plenty of shelving and a lot of clear storage containers to make the space feel clean and organized. The shelving units are from California Closets.
C: Where did you get all of the storage containers from? Are there specific products that are your go-to's?
D: All the glass jars are from Ikea. The black baskets with wooden handles and other baskets are from The Container Store. You can get the cutting boards from or collection on website. We've had the glass jars from Ikea for years. We love how they make things easy for the kids to see. We try to keep the healthy snacks on the direct site and the less healthy alternatives in places that are harder to reach.
C: What are your top tips for staying organized consistently?
D: I would say my main tip is refreshing the pantry with every shopping trip. We go shopping every week instead of buying in bulk. Keeping on top of the organization makes it easy to see what we need and not overbuy. We also make sure to eliminate any excess packaging and use our containers to store food.
C: I love the pops of color and the glass containers. Why did you decide primarily on glass for food storage?
D: Mostly because it makes things easy to see, but we also cook a lot of colorful food like lentils, and being able to see the colors enhances the overall aesthetic of the pantry.