How to Organize a Power Pantry

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Lyra Plan 2 | Los Angeles | Pardee Homes

Say good-bye to clutter and confusion and hello to a happy new pantry. Here are some organizational tips for a power pantry in your home.

First things first.
Take everything off the shelves and out of your pantry. Toss any expired products and items that are outdated. If you haven’t used an item in the last nine months, discard it.

Sort by type.
Keep similar dry ingredients together for easy access and better organization. Sort and store grains and pastas together, dry beans in another container and so on. A little extra time sorting upfront will save you big time later.

Spiff and shine.
There’s bound to be spilled spices and bits of cereal lurking on those shelves. Give your pantry a good monthly cleaning; and while you’re at it, wipe down your cans and containers to keep them looking and feeling good.

Key in on visibility.
You should be able to see everything you have in your pantry 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 permanent 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.

Create a kid-friendly space.
Include the kiddos in the new organization effort. Have them create a shelf of their own with healthy and fun 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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