Happy Friday to you!
I have been asked by many readers about posting some ideas on how to organize a pantry! I put together some rules I try to live by in the pantry ( one of my favorite rooms in the house). Now of course you will likely have more/different ideas, so let me know what you consider to be the most crucial tips that you cannot live without when it comes to organizing your pantry.
1. Shelf Assignments
Plan pantry use by categorizing into prime and non-prime storage. If possible, prime storage at eye level should be for the most often-used items. Further categorize storage by item. For example, use one shelf for baking items, another for tomato canned goods and another for pasta and rice.
2. See the Label. Watch Expiry
This is self explanatory, however keep a rotation of oldest to newest to ensure you are eating the oldest food first. Do make a note if you remove the packaging by labeling the best before date for the product.
3. Reduce Dead Space
Be sure these shelves don’t have too much “dead space”. Dead space is unused space. This space can be found even above what you are storing. Adjust the shelf up or down a few inches to create the ability to stack the like cans. This will make a tremendous difference – and get all canned foods on one shelf rather than scattered throughout the pantry.
4. See Through Containers
This is one of my favorites. Find canisters or other holders for noodles, flour, sugar, rice, popcorn, or other foods that come in flimsy plastic or paper bags. I used to store the bag of rice right in the open bag, which always lead to spills, not to mention the possibility of insect infestation! Now I use canisters, empty coffee cans, glass jars and other containers to hold these items.
5. Use Lower Shelves
Whether you want to create a “kid friendly” shelf or just use it to store heavier items such as soda bottles or water bottles – this is a great way to maximize your use of space.
6. Clean Regularly
This is common sense but often forgotten. Be sure to wipe the shelves down regularly and keep the dirt and grime to a minimum. The time you spend cleaning your pantry will help you find stuff you didn’t know you had and hopefully reduce costs on your grocery bill as you are more in tune with the products you have.
Well there you have it, a fun post to hopefully help you keep the pantry presentable. Have an awesome Friday and a great weekend. See ya on Monday.