I love our little kitchen. It’s well laid out, and open to the family room – always a perk for me. We have two base corner cabinets with Lazy Susans, two upper corner cabinets and a narrow pantry just over 2 feet deep. It boasts a good bit of storage space, but I was a little bewildered as to how to store canned goods and still be able to find them when I needed them. Since we all cook around here, whatever storage I chose had to be logical, functional and simple for everyone to keep the chaos to a minimum.
One of the other perks of our home just down the hall from the kitchen is the laundry room. You truly haven’t experienced hot until trying to keep laundry going on an August afternoon in South Florida – in the garage. Our laundry room isn’t big, it’s more of a pass through from the garage to the downstairs hallway. There’s room for a small coat closet, washer, dryer, and a sliver of space just big enough to store the broom and mop.
Back to the kitchen, the Lazy Susans were the most logical place to store canned goods. The upper cabinets were perfect for dishes and baking supplies, the base cabinets were filled with pans and gadgets and the pantry had big black hole potential written all over it. The problem? Hard plastic Lazy Susans and no money to replace them with the sturdier wood version. I was giving them about 7 months before we would have to replace them if we stored heavy canned goods on them.
So I borrowed an idea from my resourceful sister-in-law and had my hubby build a narrow canned goods shelf unit for the wall behind the laundry room door. It’s out of the way without being too far from the kitchen, and a great use of otherwise wasted space.