Catherine* had a beautiful newly built home in one of Canberra’s new established suburbs. She was house proud and very proficient at cleaning and keeping her home neat and tidy for her young family. However she found her large walk-in pantry to be a little bit overwhelming and difficult to keep organised in the way she needed, particularly as her children made a mess in the space when getting their own snacks. Despite repeated efforts on Catherine’s behalf, she wasn’t able to organise her pantry it in a way that worked for her that she was able to maintain.
Based on Catherine’s vision for her pantry and an understanding of how Catherine used the pantry, the eating habits of her family and the types of foods that she prepares most frequently for her family, I organised the walk-in pantry in a way which was both beautiful and functional. To help Catherine maintain the pantry, I created structure in the pantry through the categorisation of the food and other pantry items, identified a clear purpose and zoned each shelf and area within the walk-in pantry. Keeping in mind Catherine’s budget, colour preferences and style of her home, at Catherine’s request I purchased and installed new food storage containers and pantry organisers from a variety of home organisation stores. Each zone was clearly labelled to help Catherine and her family to find items within the pantry, as well as a tool to remember where each item in the pantry belonged.
The result was a functional, polished looking pantry that has been very easy for Catherine to maintain. Catherine is loving her new neat, functional pantry and has stated that it makes it so much easier when writing a grocery list and to find items with her pantry. She is saving money on her grocery bills as she is no longer buying duplicates of food that she already has. Being able to see all the food stored in her pantry is also leading less food wastage. She is also finding that the amount of mess her children are making when getting snacks from the pantry has reduced.
* Permission has been granted by the client to share their story. Names have been changed to respect their privacy. The Organising Bee will never share photos or client information without permission from the client.