Last weekend, I decided to organize our pantry. After living here for 18 months, it seemed about time to come up with a plan for these odd tall shelves. I measured them and discovered that we have six shelves that are 12 inches tall, 36 inches across and 16 inches deep. The lowest of these shelves are about 3 foot off the ground, which means that the highest shelves are pretty much unreachable.
I decided to focus on the lowest two shelves for this round of organizing. First I took inventory of what I kept on these shelves. Then I decided how I could group the items. The upper shelf had three main categories of things on it: rags (like cloth rags or swiffer pads), bags (like freezer bags or trash bags), and rolls (like tin foil or cling wrap). The lower shelf divided up into kitchen towels, tea and canned goods.
Next I measured the shelves so I would know what size of bins would fit on these shelves. I found some plastic bins that are deep enough to fit all of my second shelf items in them. Then I found some nice 12 inch square bins for the teas and towels on the lower shelf.
I am very happy with out this turned out. It looks neater and it is much, much easier to tip the upper tubs out and down and grab what I want. Before I couldn’t get out a new trash bag without somehow upsetting everything and getting hit in the head with the tin foil. I think that measuring the space and coming up with a plan first was key in finding a solution!