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Leslie Pantry April 24th, 2018 - 11:44:09
Getting Started - Cleaning Out The Pantry Now that you have planned your pantry for function, it is now time to get started on reorganizing! Once you have established your pantry area, youll want to start by removing everything - I know, I know - dont freak - by removing everything will be able to help you get started and in order. 1. Empty your pantry completely - moving everything into boxes, tabletops and/or counter tops. Discard or recycle anything that you find is spoiled, expired, stale or otherwise unusable. 2. Before setting about to put things in order - you are going to have fun by disassembling whatever food cupboards you currently use. Look at everything as you take it out and consider the following: How long has it been since you used that item? For example, Herbs - loose a great deal of flavor after 6 months even in a dark, cool space. While youre at it check expiration date and throw away accordingly. Remember the rule: When in doubt, Throw it out!
Also, if you install pantry drawers they will probably only be around chest height at most, so make sure the space above is devoted to shelving too. Folding plastic crates can stand on the floor and a very common use for these is to keep loose vegetables in that do not need refrigerating, such as potatoes, onions and carrots, since the holes in the sides ensure air circulation which prevents your food from spoiling. Totes are small baskets which are usually placed on shelves and used to store small items that may not fit in drawers - think, for example, your collection of spices, which you want to pull out all at the same time to browse through. Not necessarily food either, think about putting food mixer parts in a pantry tote - these otherwise often kick around loose on your pantry shelves and create clutter.
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.
Consider the humidity and temperature of your pantry; you dont want to store dry food items in a damp place and a pantry that has a relatively cool, constant temperature is ideal. * If space is limited, buy plastic storage containers that you can stack in a coat closet, on top of closet shelves, and/or even under your bed. In these containers, I would keep items that you access less often in these storage areas. If you buy in bulk to save money and keep the excess inventory in these less easily accessed areas, you can always restock a smaller supply in your most convenient pantry storage area. * Keeping a "good inventory" of the items you use regularly will allow you to be able to avoid tempting sale prices on items you dont use and/or you dont need.