My husband and I moved into a new home in September and if you've moved in the past few years, I'm sure you remember how long it takes to customize your new home's spaces for your own lifestyle. If you were in your old home for a long time like we were, you may have forgotten about all the little things you did in your last house to help make life easier every day.
For the past several weeks I've been blogging about the various organizing solutions I've implemented in our new house that make our lives simpler and I'm sharing them with you in the hope that you can use some of them yourself!
Today we're talking about the pantry. Our new pantry is more like a closet than a pantry. It's 36 inches wide and about as deep and it's dark because there's no light in there. This combination is risky when it comes to staying organized.
The first organizing challenge I needed to tackle was the deep shelves. The depth of the space means items in the back can easily become hidden, which leads to food waste. As you know from my last post, I installed large lazy susans on my pantry shelves. (see the photo below).
I also put three can risers on the middle shelf, so now I can see and access all my canned goods easily. (see image below)
These simple and inexpensive organizing tools make all the items in my pantry easy to see and access which is most of the battle when it comes to staying organized.
My next challenge to tackle was the darkness. It's unthinkable to me that a builder would make a pantry so deep and not install a ceiling light fixture, but I guess that's how we roll in our neighborhood. I thought I'd have to hire an electrician to come and install a ceiling fixture, a potentially considerable expense I wasn't too excited about.
But I was lucky enough to find a all kinds of wireless battery-operated LED lighting options and WOW these things are game changers! First of all, they generate almost no heat. Second, they require very little energy so their batteries *should* last a really long time before they require changing. (I'll be keeping my eye on that!) Finally, most of the light options are super easy to install wherever you need them.
I got a set that includes two light bars and a wall switch for around $46. I loaded the batteries, attached the included adhesive pads, stuck one light bar on either side of the pantry walls and the remote control switch on the door. BLAM! I now have light in the pantry with NO holes in the walls, no electrician fees and only about a ten minute investment of time. The pictures below show you how the pantry looked before the lights and then after. Is the lighting PERFECT? Nope. You can see that from the photos. But the fact that there's light at all is a 100% improvement in the function of the space and if I need to later, I can always add another light bar to fill in the areas where I might want more light. Easy!
If you'd like to nab a two-pack wireless remote light bar of your own, here is a link, and yes indeed if you click through and buy it, I'll make a few cents to buy the cat some treats. She loves that. :-)