Before you organize your pantry (or food storage area if you don’t have a pantry), take everything out of it first. Throw away expired items and donate the ones you know you won’t eat to the food bank. This is also an opportune time to get rid of junk food! After you’ve done this, do a thorough cleaning and possibly put in new shelf liner. You are now ready to organize.
Sort food by type and give them designated areas within the pantry:
- Baking supplies (flour, sugar, baking soda, chocolate chips, etc.).
- Dried goods (pasta, rice, beans, etc.).
- Canned food and jars.
- Breakfast foods (cereal, oatmeal, pop tarts, etc.).
- Snack foods (crackers, granola bars, chips, etc.).
- Certain vegetables (potatoes, onions, etc.).
- Pet food.
It’s a good idea to put many of these in clear, square and/or rectangular containers because you will use space efficiently and will see when you need to restock. Also, these categories are not concrete. You can group items in ways that suit your needs best.
Use organization devices:
- A lazy Susan is wonderful for keeping everything in view and packing a lot onto a small surface.
- Under shelf organizers add extra storage space.
- Keep things in order with a can organizer.
- Use a step organizer to easily see items at the back of shelves.
- Make use of baskets for meal planning or storing small items like sauce packets, tiny jars, etc.
This post will be continued! Read the next one for tips on fridge organization.