It seems as though the pantry can easily become a catch all, a place for you to hide away food boxes and cans and hope no one ever takes a look. Keeping the pantry organized can quickly become a household chore that no one wants to tackle. But, you can organize your pantry with eight simple tips. This way you can create a pantry that is functional and visually appealing!
Are feeling stress when you open your pantry? Or. do you find that you aren’t utilizing the food before it expires? Then it’s probably time to organize your pantry and give it an overhaul.
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Here is what you need to know to get started.
8 Tips to Organize Your Pantry
1. Clear the entire pantry out
The best way to achieve success is to completely empty out the pantry. This means 100%, removing every single item, can, box, and bin. This way, you can fully see what you have and what condition the items are in. This is a great way to start fresh.
2. Toss out old, expired, or stale food items
Now that you have emptied out the pantry, start looking at dates on the cans and boxes. Toss out anything that is old, expired, or stale. While this can be a painful step, it will also help keep you motivated so waste like this doesn’t happen in the future. Have a large trash bag ready so you can start tossing!
3. Wipe out and clean the entire pantry.
Since your pantry is empty, now is a time to give it a good cleaning. Wipe down all of the shelves and racks. Use an natural all-purpose spray to thoroughly clean it. I personally, love the Mrs. Meyer’s brands which I order from Grove Collaborative. You can add a box of baking soda to the back and leave it slightly opened to help freshen the space.
4. Give your Pantry Shelves a Fresh Look
If you have an older pantry that looks pretty beat up, you can add some shelf liner can help keep the shelves looking like new. Plus, those shelf liners come in amazing colors and styles now and you don’t even have to peel & stick anymore.
5. Sort your Food Items by Category
Now, go through all of the good food that remains. Sort items by category. You can sort by grains, cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruits, soups, pasta, etc. Use a sorting system that works for you. Take time to group like objects so you can easily store and find them in the future.
6. Use small baskets and bins to organize food items.
Instead of placing all of the food items back on the shelf, try placing them by category in baskets and bins. These small contained storage units will help keep things from sliding around and creating a mess. Head over to DollarTree.com for even more affordable storage options.
7. Labels can help keep the space organized.
Peel and stick labels are an easy way to keep the pantry organized. Labels help the whole family figure out where items go and what they can find in various canisters. Labels also give the pantry a nice and cohesive look, which can really brighten up the space as a whole.
8. Utilize canisters to store dry goods.
Last but not least, use canisters to store dry goods, pasta, cereals, and other items that tend to spill all over and get stale. Canisters can help keep these items fresh and in one place, plus give the pantry a more cohesive look. Glass canisters are ideal, as they are easy to clean and typically air tight, plus they are so pretty.
Are you ready to get your pantry in tip top shape? Consider these 7 tips for organizing your pantry, and see how easy it can be to create a space that is functional and you can be proud of!
What is your #1 tip for keeping a pantry clean and fresh? Tell me in the comments below.
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