I don’t know about y’all, but clutter drives me up the wall. Constantly de-cluttering seems to be at the top of my to-do list most days! One big job that always needs doing is my pantry. But one day, I couldn’t put it off anymore, and got to it. I was amazed at how relieved I felt afterwards – everything was in its place, that’s for sure! You should try it too, when you get the chance. Here are my top tips on how to organize your pantry.
Clear the shelves
You’ve got to take everything out of the pantry to be able to see what you’ve actually got in there! Like me, I’m positive you’ll find food you didn’t know you had, which may come in handy for future meals – you may even find tonight’s dinner in there! Work through each shelf individually instead of trying to tackle them all at once. And remember, after you’ve cleaned out your pantry, remember to do this step routinely to avoid clutter building up again!
Don’t be afraid to throw things out
This is my golden rule for organization. You’ve got to be ruthless when it comes to clearing your pantry out. While I’m not saying throw good quality food away, you can definitely chuck anything stale out. Think stale chips and crackers, anything unsealed, and definitely any rubbish that your kids may have shoved back into the cupboard.
This may be obvious, but once everything is out of the cupboard and the rubbish is thrown away, you must actually clean the shelves themselves. Get to work with the vacuum, spray and cloths to get everything spick and span.
Organize, organize, organize
When it comes to the actual organization factor, figure out a system that works for you. Grouping similar items together works well. You could consider storing things in labeled sections, like “baking”, “tea & coffee”, “pasta”, “sweets”, “sauces”, “snacks”, etc. To do this, neatly place similar items in baskets or trays so you will be able to locate them easily. Make sure you utilize all the space in your cupboard so nothing goes to waste.
This is the fun part! Once you’ve completed putting everything into their “zones”, you get to label things according to function. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Depending on your budget, you could buy dedicated cupboard labels or just make use of good old masking tape. You may choose not to label anything at all. It just makes it easier if your kids are rummaging through the cupboard seeking out snacks.
Once all this is done, marvel at your work! I did – it certainly takes some weight off my shoulders. Do you feel inspired to get organized and clean out your pantry?