If there’s anyone who knows the importance of keeping a kitchen organized, it’s John Kanell. The Preppy Kitchen founder is constantly testing out new recipes — everything from edible cookie dough to corn casserole — and sharing his finds with 1.34 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
But he also knows that presentation is nearly as important as the food itself, so he asked interior designer Amy Beth Cupp to design a built-in pantry that’s equally functional and beautiful. In the video above, he details how he stores his casual and seasonal table linens, holiday tableware, and formal dinnerware. Everything has its own drawer with soft-close slides, so that John can see exactly what’s inside and avoid damaging any breakable items when closing them shut.
Even if you’re working with a smaller space, John suggests grouping items — linens, especially — by color or season. That way, you don’t have to dig through red and green napkins to find your springtime hues.
If you prefer to keep things organized based on function alone, that works, too — it’s your kitchen, after all. “Do what works for you. I like having things grouped by color, function, and size,” he explains. “For example, I have a whole drawer with just sprinkles in it, and a whole drawer with just spices in it. I organize the spices by use — spices for curry, spices for holiday baking, and the rest is alphabetical.”
Watch the video above for more organizing inspiration.
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