I have been wanting to get proper shelves for my pantry because it was such a mess – probably the messiest room in the house. It was like a store room! You see, we have a small utility room in the kitchen, which we turned into a pantry. Don’t get me wrong now, I’m grateful that we have a special room for a pantry. I really do. It’s just that the pantry only has one free standing cabinet and two small wooden shelves where we kept our food items. Canned food, boxed food, packaged food were all jumbled up together. Things just get shoved here and there. Everything was disorganized, filled with clutter and there’s not enough space to store things. It was an eyesore!
To me, clutter is the visual equivalent of too much background noise which distracts me from concentrating on anything and prevents me from being productive. My brain cannot function properly when there’s clutter. Nak masuk dapur pun takde mood, LOL. But seriously, it’s true. I am kinda a neat freak and I cannot stand mess. I love things to be in order and organized because it makes me calm and keeps me sane. It gets me in the mood, you know? So yes, my pantry needed a major makeover.
I wish I could show you the “before” picture of my pantry, but I was too busy and excited to de-clutter and toss everything that I forgot to snap a picture. It took the whole day to de-clutter and clean out the pantry (I got a lot of help from my MIL and SIL who are currently staying here for the time being). There were 2 big plastic bags filled with food items that have wayyy past their expiry dates – canned food, bottled food, packaged food, flour, spices, teas etc, which were all hidden in the cabinet and drawers. I even found a tiny bottle of Heinz ketchup that had turned black. The expiry date was 2013!! 😯
We also got rid of the old wooden shelves and replaced them with these new chrome shelves that I got from Vetop Storage. It’s a hundred times better than the old one! It’s so sturdy and durable that each shelf can hold up to a maximum load of 100kg! That’s a lot of things you can put – microwave, oven, even TV if you want.
The Vetop Storage is a free-standing and fully adjustable shelving system that is flexible enough to be used in any room at home or even at workplace. Assembling it was simple as there were no tools required – no screws whatsoever. You can even customize it to suit your needs. For my pantry, I chose the large and small chrome shelving sets, but I customized the height to 182 cm and added an extra shelf on each set.
Arranging the items on the shelves was the most fun part of this makeover. I seriously enjoyed every minute of it (it took about 3 hours to complete everything – from transferring the flour, pasta, crackers etc into their own jars and containers, to arranging them on the shelves). The great thing about having an open shelving pantry is that everything is accessible and I can see my items clearly so nothing is hidden and forgotten! 😛
As you can see, there are 5 levels on each unit and each level is designated for different types of items.
I keep my kitchen utensils that I don’t regularly use on the top 2 shelves. I love having them on display instead of chucking them in a closed cabinet and drawers, hidden behind/underneath piles of other stuff and then forgot they even existed.
The middle shelf is where I keep my pantry staples like flour, sugar, oats, pasta, etc. I transferred them into see-through jars and then labelled them. I love how easy it is to know when I need to stock up on an item just by taking a quick look at my pantry.
I keep boxed drinks, oils and condiments in separate plastic baskets on the 4th shelf, and also a 2-tier basket which I use to keep my onions and potatoes. At the bottom shelf is where I keep canned food, packaged food and the likes inside these wooden boxes. I also put cooking utensils that I regularly use, like mixing bowls, strainer and empty canisters in one of the boxes as it’s easy to reach.
Oh, I also added some hooks and clip-on baskets which I got from Ikea, and also this small chalkboard at the side of the shelf where I can write down my grocery list (it’s actually the first thing I see when I walk into my pantry room). Pretty smart, huh. Hehe. I love how you can add on extra components and accessories to the shelves.
Overall, I am very happy with my Vetop Storage shelves. The chrome finish gives a clean, minimal look to my pantry. Love love! The best part is, you can just get these shelves online from their website at www.vetopstorage.com, and they will deliver to your doorstep for free within 1-3 working days, if you’re in West Malaysia. Awesome, huh! Tak payah susah-susah pergi kedai, angkut berat-berat and whatnot! #iloveonlineshopping 😀
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