There are a few tips you can follow to create a beautiful and organized panty. To learn how to organize a pantry follow these tips and adjust them to your own unique space and needs.
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HOW TO ORGANIZE A PANTRYIn general, the use clear bins and baskets for storing your dry goods and group similar items together. Now that we have the basics out of the way, here are 10 things you may not have thought of—but absolutely should—when planning and executing a well-ordered pantry:
Pantry Cleaning Tips
- Clean It Out. The first step is to remove all of the items from your pantry — set up a staging area on a large table or island. Then, discard out-of-date items and donate non-perishable foods that you won’t realistically use to a local food bank.
- Measure & Line Shelves. Be sure to measure the depth of your shelves as well as the space between them. This will help you determine which organizers will work in your pantry. Line all of your pantry shelves with a heavy-duty liner that will make clean-up of any spills much easier!
- Select & Fill Organizers and Storage Bins. Group like items and baking supplies together in small bins and label the contents. For example, group containers of baking soda and baking powder in a single basket. Put all your snack bars in another. Again, make use of vertical space by placing your bins on cabinet shelves.
Pantry Organization Tips
- Keep Cans Visible. Keep canned goods from getting “lost” on deep pantry shelves by stacking them on a tiered shelf organizer. Another option is a gravity-fed can dispenser, or even a Lazy Susan.
- Make Use Of Your Doors. The inside of your cabinet doors offer valuable storage space. Specialty door organizers can be used to store everything from baggies and wraps to spices.
- Store Like Items Together. Usually storing like items together is a great way to organize your pantry…but sometimes it might make more sense to store your items in a different manner. First, consider frequency of use. For instance, place the spices you use most in an easily accessible spot. Second, think about your routines and designate discrete storage areas for them. Some examples: a drink or coffee station, a breakfast foods shelf, a school-lunch section, an easy to grab snack section for the kids.
Keeping your Pantry Organized
- Institute a rotation system for new food. Be sure to place the new food behind the older food so that you can rotate through it properly. This will keep you in stock on your food items and allow you to eat the oldest food items first.
- Plan for larger and bulkier food items. We have a separate food pantry in our basement where we store our food that we are keeping long term and our big bulkier items we buy from Costco. Usually, we keep these items downstairs and only bring upstairs as needed. This helps us to keep our food clutter to a minimum in the actual kitchen.
- Store non-food items. If you have the space, the pantry can be a great place to store items you use on a regular basis in the kitchen but you don’t want cluttering your countertops. We have a separate small closet in our kitchen that serves this purpose.
- Maintain. Maintain. A pantry can quickly become cluttered. Make it a practice to put items away after each use…in the correct spot. Wipe down the shelves when you add new food after a shopping trip. Clean and sterilize containers when they are empty and need to be refilled. This will keep your pantry clean and organized and just takes a few minutes to maintain!
Pantry Organization Products
- glass jars
- cereal bins
- storage canisters
- pantry bins
- wire baskets
- multi-purpose bins
- can multi-tier shelf
- rolling can organizer
- glass jar canister
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