Your pantry is the treasure trove of your kitchen. But it can go neglected over time, and when it does, it's more like a dungeon of doom than a trove of treasures. It's time to untangle the chaos and get back on track with these simple strategies to organize your pantry like a pro.
removing everything from the pantry,
give it a good wipe down, and pitch
gets rid of contaminants
and lingering smells that can develop in all
those abandoned nooks
Categorize items and designate different areas of the pantry as zones
for each category. Group foods such as baked goods; breakfast items
like cereal, jams, oatmeal, and syrups; dry pasta, and sauces; everyday snacks
like bars, chips, and crackers; and cooking essentials like oils, spices, and condiments.
Keeping clearly separated zones helps you know exactly what you have and what you don't.
Labeling is a
must, and this is your opportunity to add some style to
your pantry. Use
chalkboard labels, or small index cards to give it that professional look.
Labeling means everything
will have a place and help you identify what needs added
to the shopping list.
4 Unbox to Save
Removing all that bulky packaging from your pantry can aide you in filling more into less space. Emptying pasta, rice, and other dry goods into clear containers and gathering individually wrapped items to place in bins frees up more space than you can imagine.
5 Clear Bins
Say goodbye to
search and rescue missions
when you're looking for that hidden box of penne pasta. Having
clear storage bins allows you to see exactly what's inside, eliminating the
bins also offers you the ability to group similar things together, or group
items that you use together.
6 Wire Baskets
Use wire baskets
to store potatoes, onions,
or loaves of bread. These are great for grouping items,
plus they give
your pantry a sharp look. One, creative space-saving product is the
under-the-shelf hanging wire basket that is perfect for
putting on that bottom
shelf for added storage.
7 Lazy Susans
lazy about Susan.
These spinners are great for inside corners
and hard to reach
places. Use it for
bottled items, spices, and condiments.
8 Raised Shelving
vertical shelf space by investing
in raised, stackable shelving. These are
to utilize every inch of storage.
These shelves are great in kitchen cabinets
separate those dishes for quick and easy access.
pantry takes a little effort and a lot of planning, but it's so worth it. With
These 8 simple
strategies, you'll never be embarrassed of your pantry again.
In fact, it might become your
favorite space in the house.