When it comes to your pantry, we all know that organization is usually lost in between grocery trips. Honestly, how often do you check out the stock of your snacks, canned goods, and more? If you’re anything like us, then you probably have half empty boxes of cereal from months back, chip bags full of crumbs, and maybe (but most definitely) have some dust bunnies lurking around the bottom, under the last shelf. While we enjoy thinking that our pantry is the most organized pantry on the planet, in reality, there’s a chance there are some items stuffed in the back that you can’t reach or they’ve been forgotten in the abyss. The name of the game is staying organized.
If at any point you find yourself questioning the condition of your pantry, now might be the time to consider reorganizing and remodeling your space. Check out some of these ways to update your pantry to make it work for everyone in the family.
- Small Doesn’t Mean Cramped – A small pantry might actually be a blessing in disguise. It offers just the right amount of space for food storage, allowing bigger, bulk items to be stored elsewhere. The key to a small cabinet is to put everything in containers that are either clear or that are clearly labeled for easy access. You’ll be able to see, at a glance, if something is getting low, or if it’s been sitting in there for a longer period of time.
- Minimalistic View – Keeping things minimal applies to any size pantry. Just because you have space doesn’t mean you need to fill it. In fact, sometimes less is more. Keep your pantry organized by keeping only the essentials i.e canned goods, pasta, extra cleaning supplies, and more. Save the bigger items for a closet or garage storage.
- Roll It Out – Another option for a smaller pantry is installing sliding drawers instead of shelving. Not only does this allow for optimal space utilization but it also provides easier access to those snacks and other goods in a deeper pantry.
- Keeping It On Hand – Since there are some staple items you always need on hand such as paper products, bulk items, etc; storing these items in the very back of your pantry, or the very bottom is the best place. This will make room for smaller items on the higher shelves, giving you much more organization and storage.
- Bonus Tip – Keep an up-to-date list of the stored items you bought and their expiration dates either on your phone, or on the pantry itself. It’ll not only help keep things from going bad but it will make grocery shopping that much easier.
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