We’ve all seen those gorgeous photos on Pinterest of pantries that look like they are staged in a magazine. Six canned goods, a bag of chips, jars of homegrown veggies, a few pieces of fruit, and pretty color matching storage containers all lined up to make the photo look good. In reality we probably all have shelves overflowing with cookies, chips, bags of trail mix, and more than just 6 cans of veggies because who likes to go to the store every other day? While you may not be aiming for a Pinterest worthy pantry, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to organize your shelves to maximize space and minimize clutter.
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1. Clean It Out
Reorganizing your pantry is a great time to also do a little cleaning and get rid of those items that have been hiding on those higher shelves that may have expired. Empty out your entire pantry and check the expiration date on each food item as you remove it. Throw away expired items and get rid of any other items that you may not need anymore.
2. Group Items
3. Gather Organizational Items
Once you have all of your items grouped together it will be easier to decide which storage containers you need. Glass jars work well to store items such as trail mix, cookies, candy, and dry goods. You can also measure things out more easily if you purchase a small scoop to place in each jar. Bins and baskets are great to corral loose items, items that tend to fall over, and items that you have a lot of. Reusable labels are a great way to help identify the contents of your containers as well as the expirations dates. Use a chalk marker to write on the labels and easily wipe it away if you change the contents.
4. Make A Plan
When it comes to organizing a pantry, everyone will have a different way that works best for them. Take a look at your item groups and make a plan for where each group should go. Items that you use the most often should be placed on shelves that are easily accessible. Put the items that you don’t use as often in baskets up high with labels and keep a stool nearby to help with reaching them.
5. Make It Neat & Pretty
Start putting items back in the pantry by your organizational groups. If you are using glass jars keep extra bags of flour, trail mix, cookies, etc. behind them so it’s easy to replace the contents when a jar is empty. Stack food items by order of their expiration date. Label your bins and baskets that are up high so that you know what the contents of each one are without having to pull them down and look inside. When you like the way that it looks then you are more likely to keep it organized!
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