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Leslie Pantry March 31st, 2018 - 15:48:13
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!
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.
4. Your next step is organizing your shelves according to the contents that you want to keep in your "Well-Stocked Pantry." 5. I suggest getting some of Tupperwares Modular Mate containers. They are great for keeping dry goods such as flour, sugar, pasta, teabags, coffee beans, and cereal. I believe that using rectangular or square containers will take up less space and stack more neatly than round or oval shaped containers. The Pantry Re-Organizing Now that you have cleaned out your pantry, you can begin to get things organized by using the following steps: 1. Start by sorting pantry items into categories: Examples include: fruits, vegetables, soups, condiments, boxed lunches/dinners, canned meats, sauces, baking goods, and rice/pasta/dry beans. While youre doing this first round of categorizing, be sure to put the items in order by their expiration dates, by putting the soonest expiring being the last item to go back into the pantry (i.e. it will be in front, thereby reducing wastefulness).
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.