A few months ago, I talked about the way we organise the contents of our freezer.

Next, it was the turn of the larder – a large under-the-stairs cupboard which stays relatively cool year round thanks to an air brick through the outer wall.

 

Before

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Before we re-organised, all the shelves looked a bit like this one. Although items were roughly grouped together, they were often moved when trying to find things or to fit in new things. Lots of items were stacked on top of each other, as the shelves are deep and tall.

 

After

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A few inexpensive shelf inserts were all it took to make the space more usable and then it was simply a case of grouping items logically – preserves are at the top; sugar and sweet baking items are next along with a few other sweet items such as tinned fruit, speculoos spread and cereals; below that is a shelf full of savoury foods including staples such as flour, pasta and rice as well as olives and a couple of pasta sauces. The bottom two shelves are set aside for drinks and the door shelf units hold shorter term snacks such as biscuits.

The cupboard was reorganised a few months ago and so far, it’s proved to be fairly easy to keep it orderly.

The next improvement will be a list on the inside of the door to list the contents of each shelf. However as there are many more items than in the freezer, I think our freezer whiteboard solution won’t work. Any ideas?

  12 Responses to “Kitchen Organisation: Larder Cupboard”

  1. Wow that is working really well.. where did you get your shelf inserts?

  2. Wow! I am impressed!! You can come and do some of mine now.

  3. Kavey, I’m impressed too! Both that it looks so neat and tidy, and more importantly, that you managed to impress your mother! (Mine is almost impossible to get a compliment out of!) :)

    My cupboard still looks a bit like your top photo, sadly.. xx

    • Aah, my mum must be my blog’s number one fan! I have to pull her back from doing the “proud ma” comments, sometimes. They’re too embarassnig!

  4. a brilliant idea! I’ve had a pretty disasterous couple of weeks with foodstuffs falling out of a very, very overstuffed cupboard – last week I had a smashed cafetiere and chipped sugar bowl thanks to some bungee jumping cous cous, and this morning my favourite teapot was taken down by some suicidal risotto rice. this post has inspired me to roll up my sleeves and put an end to a very precarious balancing act once and for all.

  5. So tidy! About a year ago I put in a new kitchen and now I’ve got enormous big deep drawers that holds all my former cupboard stuff. Amazing how easy it is to find everything…

  6. Please can you tell me where you got you door shelves from. Looking everywhere and can’t find any.

    • Hi Audrey, sadly, we inherited the door shelves, so they must have been purchased well over 20 years ago, perhaps a lot longer. We put in the extra shelves within the cupboard (only the larger ones were there originally).

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