One of the most frustrating things to deal with in your kitchen is a messy pantry. If you are struggling to find items that you have, it’s time for a change! The following blog post will give tips on how to organize your pantry so that everything is easier and more accessible.
1) Store baking supplies together
Flours, sugars and spices should be stored together; same with dry goods like rice and beans. Keeping these things close will make for an easier shopping trip since all of your ingredients should already be there when they need to be replenished!
This prevents stocking up on items that never get used because they’re not nearby or easy to grab whenever you want some spice. This is also helpful if you live alone or don’t cook much – no clutter from storage containers piling up!
The next time you go shopping, have your list ready and make a beeline for the pantry. It’s an easy fix to keep it organized!
2) When organizing any cabinet or drawer, sort by type
Utensils with other utensils; pots and pans together; etc. This way you can quickly find what you need without wasting time searching through many items to get there. You’ll also know when something is missing because all of its counterparts will be in one place as well!
3) Store foods that are used frequently near the front of shelves so they’re easier to access
Things like canned goods, pasta sauce jars, cereal boxes and crackers tend to pile up on the back row where people rarely go looking anyway.
This keeps these items in plain sight so you don’t have to dig through the entire pantry looking for them.
4) If you’re a coffee drinker, consider getting an airtight container with clear lids
(This way your beans stay fresh) and store it on one of the top shelves – this is also really helpful if you want to keep grains or spices from drying out too quickly.
5) Consider investing in some quality storage containers that will fit around all sizes of cans and jars
These are especially handy when trying to find room for everything! The more canisters you get, the better everything stays organized because there’s always enough space for each item. Just make sure they’re well made so they last: Plastic ones may fall apart over time while glass ones are heavy and require special care.
Try to use the same type of storage container for each item – this way everything is uniformed, which makes it easier when looking in open cabinets or drawers. For example, if you have a lot of spices that come in glass containers with plastic lids (like McCormick), get some more spice jars so they’re all stored together on one shelf rather than scattered throughout your cabinet because they look different from other items like canned goods or pasta sauce jars.
This also helps prevent cross contamination; just make sure to wash them between uses!
6) Make room for creativity
One thing many people forget about is using their pantry space creatively! If there’s no room left near the front, consider storing your coffee maker near the front so you can brew a pot while getting organized.
You could also put baskets on the shelves to store items like napkins and paper plates – this is especially helpful if there’s not enough shelf space for them! You might even be able to use the bottom of some pantry drawers as an extra surface area by setting up wire shelving (this works really well in narrow spaces). The possibilities are endless with creative thinking!
7) Laminating all your recipes
In addition to being eco-friendly, this will make it much easier when looking for past favorites or new ones that haven’t been tried yet. You’ll always have a recipe handy no matter what room you’re in without spending a lot of time looking for it.
8) Keep the pantry door closed
This will keep out pests and dust, which can lead to spoilage. It also helps when you have kids who are always rummaging through the shelves because they know there’s something good in there somewhere! Plus, if anything falls on the floor from one of the upper cabinets (which is likely), it won’t end up all over your kitchen floor like it would with an open cabinet ever did.
The less mess that accumulates throughout our homes without deliberately cleaning or getting rid of stuff – whether by accident or not – means more peace and space for us!
If this post helped you get organized, please share so others can benefit as well!