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While we are all home why not tackle that to-do list that has been percolating in the back of your mind? Now is the time to get to all those tasks that we have put off for a rainy day. That day is today!
The kitchen is the heart of the home and without the organization of snacks, food and drinks, your little ones are going to be coming to you every 5 minutes asking you to get them something. Empower your rugrats to grab their own items by organizing and providing easy access to them.
The kitchen pantry can be a beautiful storage space for all your food and cooking items, or it can be a hot mess with no organization whatsoever. Keeping an organized pantry is easier said than done because we all want a bigger pantry.
Every time I go to clean out and reorganize my pantry I get overwhelmed with the amount of product and lack of available space. By eliminating unnecessary products and implementing some creative organizational tools, you can have the neat and clean pantry you’ve always dreamed of having.
1 Bins with labels
The first and arguably most important pantry organizing tip is labeling. Due to the wide range of products we store in our pantries it can be very confusing and time-consuming when you open the door to look for a specific item. Dividing products by category and placing them into bins or baskets will eliminate any stresses due to lost snacks. mDESIGN TIP: Put the bins of snacks you want your kids to grab toward the bottom and easy to reach.
2 Categorize items
Group items by breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, or baking. Keeping similar items grouped together allows you to find exactly what you need when you need it. Additionally, keeping them in bins and baskets will let you pull out a whole category so you’re not reaching for a specific item you may need.
3 Utilize over the door storage
If you don’t have an extravagant walk-in pantry, buying extra shelves to hold those larger items can save a lot of space. An over the door storage bin is perfect for utilizing that empty space. You can use this for anything from plastic bags to tin foil, or even snack size chip bags that you can’t find a place for.
4 Organize your pantry once a month & weed out expired items
This will be much easier and quicker than that initial full pantry purge. Getting in the habit of cleaning out your pantry once a month will keep it nice and orderly and eliminate any items from building up. To add space, take your products out-of-the box and put them in baskets, bins and boxes.
5 Keep packets in one spot
Another idea for smaller pantries is self-adhesive storage bins. If you find yourself out of shelf space and still need to find places for some items, try sticking smaller bins to the walls. This can be a perfect option for those smaller loose products like drink mix and oatmeal packets.
6 Utilize a spinning turntable
Perfect for the corner of your pantry where items can easily get lost, a rotating Lazy Susan will save you from digging to the back of your pantry for that can of chicken soup. Your kids are going to LOVE being able to spin and land on their perfect snack!
7 DIY chip rack
Don’t be afraid to make your own DIY storage tools. Try making your own chip rack for that empty space between the shelves and door. Simply glue curtain clips or clothespins to a trim board and you have your own vertical chip rack. Each kid can make their own and put it on snacks that they don’t want anybody else to touch.
8 Keep lids along the pantry door
Once you’ve organized your pots and pans you need a solution for all those lids that go with them. Try hanging them on the back of the pantry door with this organizer. This will save you a lot of space especially since those lids usually aren’t the easiest to stack.
For more pantry and kitchen inspiration check out this blog from Kelly Ballard, a DIY designer who uses a variety of mDesign products for her kitchen organization. Click here for additional pantry storage organizers from mDesign.
Laura Sirk is a Marketing Manager at mDesign
and loves all things organization and cats. I’m one cat away from being a cat lady. MEOW!
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Apr 27, 2020
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