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10 Steps to a More Organized Pantry


10 Steps to a More Organized Pantry

Oftentimes, we get so caught up in organizing the large spaces in our homes that smaller, equally as important spaces get forgotten. The pantry is one such place, and having an organized one makes a world of difference when it comes to cooking. By thoroughly organizing your pantry, you can not only keep things tidy, but you can also minimize food waste and extra spending by keeping close track of your inventory. If you are interested in having a more organized pantry, here are 10 steps to follow to get you on the right track.

Empty the pantry entirely.
Sometimes you must make things messier in order to properly organize. The pantry is no exception to this rule. Pull everything out from canned goods to boxes of cereal and put them on the kitchen table. Take this time to wipe down the shelves and floors in your pantry – why organize a dirty space?

Create a flow chart.
Write down where you want things to go, and why. Putting some effort into the flow of the pantry can end up helping in the long run with inventory and using things within their expiration dates. Group canned goods together for example; feel free to break it down further by grouping them in categories like “soups,” “vegetables,” and so on. The more specific you are, the better organized your pantry will be.

Corral the cans.
Invest in the sturdy containers designed to hold canned goods. They save valuable space in the pantry by stacking the cans in neat rows instead of just having large piles of canned goods everywhere. This will inevitably lead to a much cleaner, much more organized pantry space.

Obtain clear containers.
When storing items, it is best to keep them in dry, airtight containers that you can see through. Because humans are so good at ignoring sensory overload, looking into a pantry rife with labels can lead to not even realizing what you have in your stock – but if you use the clear containers, you’re forced to actually look at what is in them. This keeps you from overbuying items you already have and using what you’ve got before it goes bad.

Label all the containers.
Whether you have a fancy label maker or choose to do it by hand, label all of your containers with easy to read font. When everything has a proper place, it’s easier to keep up on the organization every time you go to put food away.

Add extra, moveable shelving.
Most of the time, pantries come standard with big, open shelves. Trimming down the openness and customizing the storage space can help with the flow and tidiness of the pantry and it can aid in helping you keep just the right amount of food in the house without having too much or too little.

Create an inventory list.
Make a reusable inventory list to hang on the inside of the pantry door. Chalkboards and dry erase boards are great for this because of how easily you can erase or add items on your list. This helps you keep track of the food in your house and when it comes time to make a grocery list for the week, you’ll know exactly what to get for your pantry.

Utilize every inch of pantry space available.
Add small baskets on the back of the door for your spices. Line the side walls with hooks for potholders, aprons, and towels. Put small appliances under the bottom shelf for convenient storage. Using every available space keeps everything in its place rather than having things strewn about haphazardly.

Move things forward.
As you use a spice, dry good, or oil make sure it stays in the front of the line so to speak. By keeping opened packages readily available for you to see, using already opened supplies will become habit instead of opening multiple packages of the same item.

Avoid having too much excess.
Having a stockpile of staple pantry items is great; having a hoard is not. Buying in bulk when things are on sale is often very tempting but unless you plan to actually use whatever you’re buying within a few weeks, try to limit how much of any one thing you store. Excess is always the enemy of organization and this holds incredibly true in the pantry as well.

The pantry is one of the most used places in the house so keeping it organized is of utmost importance. By following the steps above, you can create a tidy, organized pantry for yourself and enjoy the peace of mind it brings.

 

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