Organize a Power Pantry
Opening the pantry door to a pile of pasta cans, chaos or major mayhem in general can make even the calmest cook anxious. Thankfully, a little organization goes a long way toward creating a serene kitchen. Plus, seeing all you have on hand can make cooking easier and save you time and money, making it well worth a few hours’ effort.
So, say good-bye to clutter and confusion and hello to a happy new pantry. Here are some organizational tips for a power pantry and beyond.
First things first.
Take everything off the shelves and out of your pantry. Toss all your expired products and items that are stale or crushed. If you haven’t used an item in the last nine months, discard it, too.
Sort by usage.
Cans should go in one box, grains and pastas together and so on.
Spiff and shine.
There’s bound to be spilled spices and bits o’ cereal lurking on those shelves. Give your pantry a good cleaning; and while you’re at it, wipe those sticky cans.
Key in on visibility.
You should be able to see everything you have at a glance. Put smaller items such as spices and small cans on a door rack or stackable shelving. The Container Store and big box stores have some great options. Put your most used items where they are easily seen and retrieved.
Pick up more smart storage.
Clear containers (glass or otherwise) are great for cereal, pasta and snacks like fish crackers. You can easily see how much you have left of each item. Create your own labels or write on the containers with pen markers.
Use uniform containers like wire baskets and bins to house similar items like beans, grains or baking supplies. You’ll be able to find what you need much quicker and your shelves will stay nice and tidy
Build or buy turntables for additional storage and easy access.
Create a kid-friendly space.
Include the kiddos in the new organization effort. Have them create a shelf of their own with healthy snacks within their reach.
Love it. List it.
Keep a small blackboard, dry erase board or even a notepad in your pantry. When you run out of something, write it down. Voilà; you’ll have an instant grocery list for your next trip to the market.
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