An interior expert reveals her simple secret to an organised pantry, and it will transform your kitchen

This expert-approved hack is an easy and effective solution to help your kitchen pantry run smoothly

This expert kitchen pantry idea is an easy and effective solution to help your house run more smoothly
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Pantries were one of the biggest kitchen trends of 2020, and, unsurprisingly, it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere this year either. This versatile space is the perfect solution for storing a trove of edible goods, kitchen equipment, or simply, whatever you desire- you make the rules with a pantry. 

Though, the freedom of a pantry means it is easy to let them slip out of control. We’ve all had days where our spice jars overrun onto our cereal shelf, and we discover the olive oil we hand-carried from duty-free is 2 months past its expiration date. Therefore, while an organized pantry is the secret to a functional kitchen, keeping these multi-purpose spaces in check is easier said than done. At least, until now. 

Vanessa Arbuthnott, interior expert, and CEO of Vanessa Arbuthnott, has revealed one easy hack that will ensure your pantry will function seamlessly, long into the future. Plus, it’s a tip that is so simple, you’re going to wish you had known about it sooner.  

This expert kitchen pantry idea is an easy and effective solution to help your house run more smoothly

The secret, Vanessa shares, is feeling like you have ownership over your pantry, and this is achieved through the refreshingly simple method of labelling. 

‘Handmade labels are the best for making the pantry feels like it belongs to you,’ the designer began. 

‘Regular, sticky white labels work to add a personal touch, rather than having masses of bought items that sit on the shelves without acknowledgement. I would label recycled glass jars and containers and avoid buying anything plastic. However, Tupperware’s are excellent for perishable goods like flour, sugar, rice, and spaghetti. 

For baskets, I would recommend labelling with a traditional luggage label or opting for baskets with enamelware. These are great to put open packets in and stop any creepy crawlies making a new home.’

This expert kitchen pantry idea is an easy and effective solution to help your house run more smoothly

Simple labels are the key to a successful and sustainable pantry? We can’t wait to adapt this time-friendly hack and hopefully see more control over our kitchen, minus the spiders, which is another win. 

If you’ve already tried and tested Vanessa’s method, and you’re looking to renovate your kitchen over lockdown, Jennifer Jarvis, Senior Designer at Helen Green Design, also offered her tips on transforming your pantry, with one fundamental change.

‘A pantry door can serve as a visual and audible barrier for your secondary storage area, particularly if it houses your dishwasher. We have had a lot of requests from clients for glazed pantry doors in order to make the space feel as though it isn’t entirely separate from the kitchen,’ the designer shared. 

This expert kitchen pantry idea is an easy and effective solution to help your house run more smoothly

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Jennifer expanded: ‘Steel framed doors with internal glazing are a great way to make a design statement whilst still showing off the attention to detail and design of the internal joinery of the pantry. A freestanding pantry cabinet can be great for smaller spaces. They work well as breakfast stations and you can utilize the inside of the doors as additional storage that, when opened, are easily accessible.’

Looking for more ways to restyle your pantry? Check out our 20 Stylish and practical kitchen storage ideas for a clutter-free kitchen.

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.