Tips For Organizing Your Pantry

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Organizing your pantry can be a daunting task. It is really difficult to know where to begin. You may even be at the point where you open your pantry, groan in despair and shut the door. I’ve been there. Here are a few tried and true tips to help you make pantry organization more manageable.

The best thing to do is to jump in head first. Just go for it! I’ve had pantries of all shapes and sizes. None of them have ever stayed perfectly organized and none of them have been easy to organize. You just have to commit to doing it when they get a little overgrown, just like weeding your garden.

First thing is first, empty your pantry completely. You really need to see the space you are going to be working with. It will also give you a better idea of how much space you really have. Trust me, you have stuffed more in to your pantry that you can even believe once you have all of your items spread out on your kitchen counter.

Next, get rid of expired and stale items. There is no need to hang on to them. It’s as simple as that.

Ditch the boxes. Most of the items we buy for our pantry come in bulky packaging. Get rid of the packaging. Tea bags take up a lot less space when they are out of the boxes. Cereal can easily get stored in clear containers that are smaller than the boxes it comes in.

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Before you put anything back, group like kind items together. What I mean by this is categorize your pantry. But do it in a way that works for you. I had a client that wanted to group items by food genre, meaning all Asian items went in one place, Italian in another, etc. I like to group mine by use. I put canned goods in one place, dry goods in another, baking goods together, snacks, etc.

Decide on your storage. Do you want baskets or clear jars? Do you want stackable trays or vertical storage? Determining your groups will help you decide on what types of storage systems you want in your pantry.

At last you can put things away. Make sure they are put back in a way that is useful for you and your family. And also in a way that makes sure it doesn’t get overgrown too soon. Every inch doesn’t need to be full.

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