An organized pantry is all she wanted!

I can’t bear to show you photos of the other parts of my ‘pantry’.

The poorly designed space in my kitchen means it’s impossible to organize, so as a result my ‘pantry’ is in 4 different areas of my kitchen.

How many times a week do you look up from whatever it is that you’re doing only to realize it’s almost dinner time and you have no idea what you will serve? If you’re as busy as I bet you are it happens more times than you’d like to admit.
When dinner time looms and the fridge is unhelpfully empty, my pantry saves me time and time again. A chance comment about how my pantry is so helpful on photo of a gorgeous pantry Helena posted on her Facebook page led to her asking if I’d like to write this post.

I accepted and then was immediately filled with doubt…you see my pantry looks nothing like the gorgeous, glossy photos you see in the magazines. Compared to those sleek, color and size coordinated miracles of organization and style, my pantry is a ghastly mess. A prior owner of our house had the kitchen re-done at some time in the last 15 years or so, and the kitchen is seriously lacking in well designed, functional food storage space. Instead my ‘pantry’ is an awkward jumble of spaces that defy all my attempts to tame it. While I struggle with finding a solution to this chaos I’ve realized that a ‘pantry’ has a dual nature.

The obvious is the physical layout. More important are the contents to be found within it. Despite the fact that my pantry is located in 4 different locations in my kitchen it is a constant source of help. Each zone has ended up with it’s own focus – snacks in one place, baking supplies in another, beans, pastas, rice, etc in the third and so on. While a magazine stylist would recoil in horror, I keep it well stocked and am able to pull a miracle out of the hat when the dreaded question “What’s for dinner?” heads my way.

And once I’ve made dinner, I turn to my far better organized silverware to lay the table, then sit down to eat a real meal with my family.
Click for my sterling silver.

Nancy Stuckwisch of Silver Magpies has had a life-long fascination with vintage silver.

She loves to cook, then sit down with friends and family to eat.

Nancy believes we should get the sterling silver out of the cupboard, onto the table, and then into the dishwasher.

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