Leslie Pantry February 08th, 2018 - 19:40:51
First of all: If you have a pantry, you are so blessed. Pantry organization will be easy for you. If you dont have an "official" pantry; not to worry, dedicate a nearby closet for kitchen supplies, pantry staples and storage. You will probably need to buy some sort of shelving for this "personally-designed" pantry. Of course, as with all de-cluttering and organization; you will need to remove all the items in your pantry first. Sorry, but pantry organization follows all the same organizational rules, but take it in small, do-able steps and you will be organized in no time. 1. Throw away the old and/or relocate those items that found their way into your pantry that dont belong there.
The basis of your pantry organization system will be your shelving, since it is around the walls that you have the most space available. Dont forget that you need to utilize the height of your pantry to its maximum and ensure you have tall pantry shelving that reaches close to the ceiling. It would be a shame to waste that vertical space, and you can always keep things up there that you do not need regularly. You can buy pantry shelving in various dimensions, and you will probably be able to fit together a system without needing to order it specially made. However, a custom-made pantry shelving system would be the best option, since you could have it made exactly to fit the available space. This would be the more expensive option though. You may need to devote SOME floor space to a closing pantry cabinet, or set of drawers, for those numerous small items that you need to have immediately accessible. But it is always a good idea to put drawer dividers in to make sure your things arent rattling around and getting messy.
The easiest meal for me is spaghetti and my family loves it, so you will always find spaghetti fixings in my pantry -- either the ingredients to make sauce or pre-made sauce, noodles and parmesan cheese (fridge storage). As well, I keep some ground chicken or sausage in my freezer to add to the sauce or serve on the side to accommodate the meat haters in my family. I actually like to keep pantry staples for several possible meals at the ready "just in case." I always have a jar of pesto, mushrooms, pasta, macaroni and cheese, refried beans, canned chicken, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, cans of fruit, kidney and/or pinto beans for chili, and usually a smattering of "cream ofs" are in there too. Thats how you want to think when stocking your pantry. Think about the foods your family likes to eat and meals made in a hurry -- stock those items as you can afford them. Your pantry staples may differ, but should meet your familys unique tastes.
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.