Is your pantry hungry for a makeover? The first step is to remove all of the items inside — set a staging area on a dining room table. Discard out-of-date items and donate non-perishable items that you won’t realistically use to a local food bank. Then, follow these pointers to put together your perfectly organized pantry!
Line all of your pantry shelves with a heavy-duty liner that will make clean-up of any spills much easier!
You’ll find that you’ll save yourself a great deal of time (and even money) if everything is easily accessible. You don’t have to spend hours searching for that box of cornstarch you know you had somewhere and you won’t have to go out to buy a new box. A good idea is to group like items together in small bins and label the contents. Or, choose bins that you can see through for quick identification.
Canned goods can quickly get “lost” on deep pantry shelves. Stacking cans one in front of the other is just not practical! You will forget what you’ve got stored in the back because you can’t see it. Choose a tiered shelf organizer that provides you with a full view of your canned goods.
Transfer pantry staples such as sugar, flour and rice into see-through canisters. Doing so will not only help preserve the freshness of these items, it will be easier to see when you’re running low on an item. Many canisters are stackable, so you can utilize all of the space between pantry shelves!
The floor is a good place to store larger items such as bulk food storage containers or baskets of often-used items such as onions and potatoes. Utilize the full space between the floor and your lowest shelf by choosing stacking bins or baskets.
If you have a door in your pantry or kitchen area, don’t neglect that often wasted space. Hang door storage over a door to expand your space.