Taking the time to organize the pantry can save you a lot of money. When your pantry is organized, you’ll avoid purchasing duplicates because you’ll know exactly what’s in there.
Pantries are used to store nonperishable food and dry goods and the best way to organize the pantry is to have everything in view.
If you have standard shelves in your pantry, consider adding slide-out drawers. They will allow you to store more items and nothing will get lost in the back.
Risers for canned goods help keep the items in the back of the cabinet in view.
When you begin to organize the pantry, take everything out and throw away anything outdated. Donate any items you know you are not going to use. Sort the items you are going to keep by type.
Keep items like canned goods, condiments, beverages, cereals, soups, pastas, snacks, and other similar items together so they will be easy to locate when you need them.
Try to only keep food items in the pantry and put other items like cleaning products and paper products somewhere else. If you have extra space in your pantry, you could also store small kitchen appliances there.
Take a look at pantry organizers online. You can add additional storage with pull-out shelves, racks that can be attached to the pantry door and a two-tiered lazy susan.
Remember to keep back-ups in your pantry so that when you are done with something, you can reach into your pantry for a new one. It helps to jot down items needed for the pantry to add to your next grocery trip.
When refilling your pantry, keep items you use frequently at the level between your knees and shoulders with heavy items bought in bulk at the bottom. Items used less frequently should be stored above shoulder height. If possible, put a small step stool in the pantry to reach items on the top shelf.
Organize the pantry in a way that makes you happy. Just make sure that you can see each item and that the item is not expired. It doesn’t have to be super neat, just organized! 🙂
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