I don’t know about you, but I think the pantry is one of those places that is just easy to let get messy and disorganized. Mine will occasionally go by the wayside, but I can always get it back to looking great by using the steps I outline below.
Start with a clean slate by removing everything from your pantry. This may be time consuming and tedious, but I promise once you get the space cleared you will have a better sense of the amount of stuff you have and the amount of space you have. You may also find that box of pudding you bought 6 months ago.
Set everything from the pantry within sight. Take it all in. Start sorting items into like piles. I.E. Canned goods, breads and grains, boxed pastas, snacks, etc.
During this process, check expiration dates and get rid of anything that is expired. Set aside anything that is close to expire or that you have no intention of using (we will get to that later).
Once you have everything sorted you need to decide where everything goes. This will take some thought. Look at each pile and in your pantry. Ask yourself “Do I have enough space on this shelf to put this whole pile plus room for additional purchases?”
If you’d like to save some extra room this is a good time to look at your piles and see what you could possibly put into bins, buckets, and other containers. Things like snacks can be taken out of the boxes they come in and placed together in a bin. Bread, chips, baking goods, etc. can all be placed together in bins as well.
One of my biggest tips though, is to look at what you have before purchasing ANY storage solutions. That way you know what to look for when you go shopping for these items. Buying 17 storage bins does no good when you don’t have 17 items to put inside them.
Put everything in the place you have chosen. If you want to get extra organized you can sort all of your canned goods by fruits, vegetables, sauces, etc.
Remember the food we set aside earlier? Almost expired items need to be placed toward the front of your shelves so you remember to use those items first. Things that you don’t intend on using needs to be put in a box to donate.
Labels. This is optional, but I suggest it. Labeling your bins or the spaces that you have decided to put your items helps remind you and other people who may get into your pantry of where things belong and where to find the items.
There you have it. 5 super easy steps to get your pantry organized.
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