Since I have been able to keep my pantry tidy and organized for over a year I thought I would share my top 5 tips for an organized kitchen pantry.
Last year I started the New Year out as I always do, with a cleaning and purging binge throughout my house and the first item of business was getting control of my messy, disorganized pantry once and for all. (Those before pics are so embarrassing.)
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I was tired of cleaning out the pantry every few months and slowly letting it get back to the disaster that drove me nuts and wasted so much of my time and money.
I have finally found the magic combination of what works for me and hopefully my top 5 tips for an organized kitchen pantry will give you some peace of mind too.
Before you can get down to executing a plan for organizing your pantry you will need to pull out everything in there and take some inventory. I literally had 15 boxes of pasta in my pantry and didn’t even notice until I had them all lined up on the counter.
Check the expiration dates and toss expired food. Donate to a food pantry if you have an abundance of items such as 15 boxes of pasta.
If you are planning on doing any remodeling now is the time to do it since the pantry is empty. I was able to do my pantry makeover for less than $50 by shopping my house and using what I already had on hand.
My Top 5 Tips for an Organized Kitchen Pantry
Tip #1 – Group Like Items
When putting items back on the shelves you want to group like items together. Make sure that there is plenty of shelf space for the grouping so you can keep it all together. For example: I have a lot or flavored oils and vinegar in my pantry so I dedicated one shelf for those items. I dedicated another shelf to canned foods and categorized them by soup, sauces and beans. I also have one shelf dedicated to bread and cereal.
Tip #2 – Clear Storage and Baskets
Use clear storage containers so you can see when you are running low on something. I put my flour in a large glass container and no longer have to guess if it’s running low. I save money and space by not purchasing unneeded items. I also use wire baskets for storage so I can actually see what’s in the basket without pulling it out of the pantry.
Tip #3 – Use a Label Maker or Stickers
Manufacturer packaging is bulky, takes up valuable space in the pantry and pops open allowing items to go stale. Again, I invested in clear glass container to hold rice, barley, couscous, oats and nuts so they stay fresh longer. To avoid any confusion with the contents in each container I have labeled them using a label maker.
Tip #4 – Weekly Inventory
Taking a weekly inventory has saved my sanity along with so much time and money is taking a weekly inventory. I start my weekly meal plan by looking at what I have in the pantry and then I create my grocery list to supplement what else I need for my meals. This eliminates so much waste when it comes to cooking because I literally use everything purchased for our meals. I am not stockpiling items that I don’t need and keep track of when I am running low on something.
Tip #5 – Use a Memo Board
I actually hung a memo board inside the pantry so I can keep a running list of what I need to purchase. Again, it keeps me from over buying and maintains an organized shopping list.
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