Itasca Pantry Transformation: Organizational Mastery in the Chicago Western Suburbs

Friday, January 26, 2024

Organizer Spotlight: Kaitlyn Dane

In the suburb of Itasca, IL, Kaitlyn Dane, and the NEAT Method Chicago Western Suburbs team, took on a unique and challenging project. Tasked with overhauling a pantry in a family home comprising four members, Kaitlyn’s mission was to revitalize a space that had become a significant pain point for her clients since moving in six months ago.

Overcoming the Challenges: From Wire Shelves to Family Needs

The main obstacle for this project was the existing wire shelving in the pantry, which the client was not a fan of. Kaitlyn's approach was methodical and tailored to the family's needs. First, the wire shelves were removed, and after some patching and painting, new, sturdier elfa shelving was installed. This upgrade elevated both the aesthetics and function of the space. 

The client had specific goals for the pantry. She wanted to accommodate the needs of her visiting mother-in-law, plan for her infant son’s future needs, and decant baking items for easy access. Kaitlyn and her team created a detailed space plan, ensuring each family member’s needs were met without compromising the pantry's overall functionality.

Aligning Different Visions: A Collaborative Approach

One of the biggest challenges was aligning the differing visions of the client and her husband for the pantry. With limited space and contrasting ideas, Kaitlyn facilitated a collaborative discussion post-installation. This involved presenting a drawn-out plan and explaining the rationale behind each decision, successfully bringing the couple on board with a unified vision.

Client’s Favorite: Aesthetics Meet Functionality

The client loved the way NEAT Method products enhanced the pantry's system. Her favorite product was the Acacia Riser, which not only added an elevated look to the space but also enhanced visibility of canned goods, simplifying grocery shopping and inventory management.

A Unique Family Dynamic: Accommodating Extended Family

An important part of this project was including the needs of the client’s mother-in-law, who frequently visits from Florida. Kaitlyn’s team dedicated specific baskets for her snacks, food, and drinks, making sure she felt included and catered to during her stays.

Conclusion: Transforming a Family Pantry in Itasca

In just 6 hours, Kaitlyn Dane and her team turned a disorganized, impractical pantry into a space of sophistication and efficiency. This Itasca project highlights the importance of understanding and addressing the unique dynamics of family life through thoughtful organization. The pantry makeover not only optimized the space but also enhanced the daily routine of the entire household, demonstrating the profound impact of professional organizing.


Perforated Acacia Basket

Label Holder Set

Acacia Riser



the NEAT team

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