Leslie Pantry April 07th, 2018 - 14:04:59
Nothing is more overwhelming and daunting and an un-organized, cluttered pantry. Pantries can easily become a catch all for all unsightly clutter within a household, but with a few pantry organizers, a couple of organizational methods and a little elbow grease, your pantry look fit for a magazine shoot. First, de-clutter your pantry. Go through and take out all items that do not belong in the pantry, throw away all expired items and consider getting rid of items that you rarely or never use. After your pantry has been de-cluttered, take everything off of the shelves and out of the pantry, essentially wiping your pantry-slate clean. With your remaining items, divide them into sensible categories such as spices, kitchen utensils, canned goods, small appliances, etc. Make sure the categories work for you and your family - each pantry is different.
While you have all items removed from your pantry, take a second to wipe down all the shelves and sweep the floor. After your pantry is clean and all items have been categorized, consider what pantry organizers would be beneficial. If you have a lot of pots and pans with lids, a lid organizer may be a good choice. There are a variety of pantry organizers available for essentially any type of kitchen item. Taking the time to consider and investigate various pantry organizers will save you time and possibly your sanity down the road. Once you are ready to put all your items back in the pantry, start with the least used items first and put those on the top shelves and keep your frequently used items at eye level. Make sure that all items are easily visible and easily accessible to the people you use them most in your household. To maximize space, place taller items in the back and smaller items up front. Finally, after you have replaced all of your items, make sure the lighting in your pantry is adequate, which will make locating items easier in your day to day life. Small, battery operated lights can be purchased at a relatively inexpensive price at most hardware stores if your pantry has little to no lighting.
I have found that it is best to try to reorganize your pantry when you are alone, or have a block of time available for you to concentrate and complete the project quickly! Remember to store cleaning products and chemicals away from your food items! Keep items that you use the most often in front and readily visible! Stack cans, jars and other items so that the labels can be easily read. Always be on the lookout for new organization aids such as: baskets, wire baskets, adjustable racks, stacking containers, and more that will improve your pantry organization. Make a "guest" or "refreshment" shelf to keep crackers, dips, chips, drink mixes and other items handy so you are ready to have an impromptu party or your childrens friends. Keep paper/pencil and/or a small whiteboard in your pantry. You could also paint a chalkboard on the back of your pantry door. You will be surprised how this will encourage family members to add what they would like to the inventory or what they have noticed is out-of-stock.
2. Wipe out the shelves; line them with contact paper, if you like, for easy clean-up. 3. Store like items together; try not to over-stuff. 4. Store all your heavy items on the bottom shelf or floor of the pantry -- wouldnt want to ruin your nice shelves with too much weight. 5. Use air-tight storage containers liberally for pantry staples. 6. Put snacks or kid-friendly items low enough for the kids to reach them when needed, and so they can help unpack the groceries or help in the kitchen getting supplies. 7. When unloading groceries, try not to shove items in your pantry in an effort to make it fit. You will quickly have pantry de-organization! 8. Everything should have a place -- I realize sometimes thats easier said than done. You can designate an area for junk and items that just dont fit right anywhere else. I usually put a basket on the floor of my pantry to "catch" items like this -- I put a bag of onions, a sack of potatoes and rice waiting to be opened in there too. It gives grace to pantry organization.