Why Kitchen Pantries Get Disorganized & How to Prevent that from Happening
Do you open your pantry and find it difficult to find what you need quickly? Do you run out of important ingredients right when you need them, or find expired or spoiled items that you thought were still good? I am going to share 4 tips to help you transfer your pantry from cluttered chaos to clean and pristine. All while setting up an easy-to-maintan system for you and your family.
Tip #1: Remove All Items & Review Expiration Dates Before Restocking
To start the process of decluttering your pantry, I suggest removing every item from your it. Next read all of the expiration dates on your food and throw out what has gone bad or expired. Also toss anything opened and stale. Once everything is out of the pantry then you can wipe down the shelves for a fresh start.
Tip #2: Create Categories & Commit to Keeping Like Items Together
Once you have pulled all the items out of the pantry, sort all of the items you are going to keep before putting anything back into the pantry. Keep like items with like in a system that makes sense for your household. Maybe cans stay together or maybe the pastas and grains together. Keeping your baking supplies together is another great way to keep the pantry with like items in one place.
Tip #3: Select Storage Solutions & Start Saying No to Excess Packaging
I love a good storage container for the visual pleasure I get each time I open my pantry. I prefer a glass container with a sealed bamboo lid. I bought all of my containers from amazon. Yes, at first it might seem a little pricy but you only need to do this one time. Start with a only a few and you can gradually add in more over time. I also like to add labels to the containers to help my family also know what is in each container.
Tip #4: Make a Plan to Maintain the Space & Move Through it Monthly
Getting your family on board might seem like a challenge at first but show them the system and ask that they put the items back where they pull them from in the panty. To my kids, I explain that if I can’t see what we are running low on, such as a favorite treat, then I will not think to buy it next time at the store. Bring it back to them and how it will effect their lives.
With a little planning, having a pantry you are proud of while also making it functional for your family it totally possible. Having systems and storage solutions are the keys to success.
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