IRYNA Federico’s pantry is a pristine pastel dream.
There are no leaking soy sauce bottles, old packets of flour from 2014 or stray dried pasta shells floating way up the back of the cupboard.
Instead, everything has a place and there is not a cable tie in sight.
The 26-year-old Adelaide woman designed her walk-in pantry herself when she and her husband decided to build their own house two years ago.
Iryna snooped around in other people’s pantries for ideas and drew up a plan of what she wanted.
“I decided it would be really nice in pretty pastel colours,” Iryna told news.com.au.
“I didn’t want to make the rest of our house pastel, so I did it behind closed doors.
“It’s my hobby, I enjoy doing it. It just makes me really happy.”
Iryna spent a total of $2855 on her pantry, but estimates she saved more than $1000 by buying items on sale, as well as using gift cards she earned through her credit card points and by filling out online marketing surveys.
“We put everything we possibly can, even our bills, onto our credit cards and it’s a high rewards one. We pay it off straight away then cash in the points so you get gift cards,” she said.
“I joined a website where you do these marketing surveys for 50 cents each. I probably got a few hundred gift cards out of that over a year. I made sure I did it because I didn’t really want to spend my hard-earned money.”
The entire pantry was actually designed around those big clear containers, which Iryna bought before the pantry had been built.
“I bought the OXO Pop containers at Costco in bulk sets, because they’re pretty pricey if you buy them individually. I had the entire design of the pantry built around the size of the containers. I bought those first because I really liked them,” she said.
“I take my containers to the supermarket or the butcher and I put my food in my containers, rather than putting everything in a plastic bag. It does eliminate a lot of waste and I can buy stuff in bulk. Dry foods have a decent shelf life. I’ve never thrown anything out.
“The labels are from Pretty Little Designs. I found her on Facebook and I sent her photos of what I wanted to label, then she created custom ones for me.
“Pretty much everything else is from Ikea, Kmart and Target. The big baskets are from Ikea. I can just shove stuff in there and no one knows how messy it actually is.
“I spray painted these $4 Kmart jars and the bottles for the oils and sauces are from Myer and House.”
Iryna and her husband were moving in together for the first time, so had an excuse to buy their appliances from scratch.
“I went to Good Guys and bought a fridge, then I said, ‘If I get my vacuum cleaner, my toaster, my kettle as well, what can you do?’ They gave me a few hundred dollars off. I try to never buy things at full price,” she said.
Iryna says because everything has a place, it’s not difficult to keep her kitchen tidy.
“I honestly don’t spend that much time organising. I did it once and it stays like that. My husband and I both work full-time. We don’t have time to be cleaning all the time,” she said.
“But I’ve designed it so everything has a space and I know where everything goes.