Even with my busy life, I always thought I had a pretty well-organized pantry. That’s because 20 years or so ago, I invested in modular Tupperware. Even purchased the pantry labels.
But then I started seeing other people’s pantries on Pinterest.
And here’s my pantry:
Oh my. I’m not as organized as I thought. Time to take back my pantry!
Why is it important to have a well-organized pantry that works?
Because having a smart pantry will save you time and money. You won’t be spending time looking for ingredients and moving things around to access what you want. AND it saves you money because you won’t be purchasing things you might already have in your pantry.
So I researched as many organizational tips I could find and applied it to my own pantry.
Remove every thing from your panty
This process took 30 minutes.
Throw away expired food
I threw away two garage bags of expired or “mystery” food. I also put together a large bag of items to donate to charity such as fancy cupcake liners and stacks of unopened party napkins.
Clean shelves and walls of pantry
This process took 1 hour to complete. It was time consuming because of the wire shelving and baseboards (tip: learn how to clean baseboards here).
Store foods in clear containers
Remove food from the original packaging and place them in clear air-tight containers. This will make your pantry look tidy and function smarter. Modular containers are easy to stack and make better use of your shelf space.
Label your containers
Because baking soda looks like baking powder, make sure all your containers are labeled.
Invest in smart storage solutions
There are a lot of storage containers on the market that can help you organize your space. According to forbes.com, the fast-paced organizing business is a $1 billion industry. But, before running to the store to buy storage containers, take inventory on what you already have. This is a tip I learned from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
The only thing I purchased for my pantry was a can dispenser, which is great since I buy a lot of can goods in bulk.
Use Storage Containers to group items
I already had three white stacking storage containers in my pantry so I cleaned and reused them. The containers group common items together such as plastic utensils with paper plates.
What I’ve learned:
I still have more organizing to do, such as labeling my plastic bins. I hope you are inspired to make your own pantry work for you.
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