As much as they are practical to have, pantries can easily become messy and cluttered, making it difficult for us to keep track of what we have and what we don’t have. Assuming you have already completed your big kitchen renovation project, organizing your kitchen pantry should be a breeze if you follow these easy and practical tips.
Sort and categorize items in your pantry
First things first, the best way to start organizing your pantry is to do a proper clear-out. Begin by taking all the items from your pantry shelves and putting them on the counter so you can clearly see everything you have got there. Throw out everything that is expired, and use everything that is nearing its expiration date so it doesn’t go to waste.
The next step is to divide and conquer – group all the items by categories. Sort your pantry by dividing it into several sections – for example, your pasta should be in the same place as your grains, spices, snacks, and baking supplies. Same goes for grouping other similar items such as sugar, oatmeal, flour, etc. Group all the items while you still have them on your counter so you can sort them the same way into your pantry and avoid mixing things up.
Use clear containers and vinyl labels to keep your pantry tidy
It is hard to see what you have in your pantry when you have got so many different bags and boxes stored in one place. Other than making it difficult to find the things you’re looking for, various packages make your pantry look untidy and cluttered, and you can often end up buying items you already have but couldn’t see due to all the clutter. Clear containers are a godsend when it comes to organizing your pantry as they give an impression of a uniform look and make managing your goods a breeze.
For a Pinterest-worthy pantry, include custom labels into your pantry – vinyl labels make clear containers look so much prettier, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing storage space. When things are as functional as they are visually appealing, it is much easier to follow through with a system. Plus, packing lunches and meal prepping becomes a breeze when everything is labeled, sparing you the hassle of looking for different ingredients you need.
Fill your pantry with containers of various sizes
While clear glass jars and plastic containers are great for storing smaller items, you’ll need to include several different types of containers in order to tend to different kinds of goods. Tea bags and coffee pods are loose items that are best kept in wicker baskets, while canisters help prolong the shelf life of ingredients such as coffee, pasta, and baking supplies. Narrow plastic containers are great for storing canned goods, while wire baskets will keep your cereal boxes and bags of snack mix tidy and organized.
Containers can also help you keep this area free of pantry bugs that are drawn to the smell of glue used to package different foods, and can be often found in bags and boxes that aren’t sealed. However, when you use containers to store your food, you don’t have to worry about those pesky critters! On the plus side, cleaning your pantry of dust won’t seem like such big of a chore once everything is sorted and has its place.
Add door organizers to put your vertical spaces to good use
The perfect solution for smaller pantries, adding a door organizer can take your pantry organization to a whole new level. Put your vertical spaces to good use – hang a wire shelving on the back of your pantry door and voila – you’ve got yourself some additional storage space you can use as you please. Spices, jars, or cans – various goods can be stored using these wire shelves. Instead of wire shelves, you can also hang an over-the-door shoe holder for storing your snacks and make your own snack station. Another way you can utilize the pantry door as your storage is by creating a special storage rack for all your lids, solving the problem of storing them once and for all.
Using all the space that is at your disposal is important when designing a pantry that is organized, tidy, and space-savvy. With these pantry organization tips in mind, you can easily create a space for storing all your goods while also utilizing every available inch of your living space, thus maximizing your pantry’s storage capacity.
This guest post was graciously provided by Robert Clayton. Robert is a blogger with a degree in engineering based in Sydney. His interests and passions include DIY, green technologies and home improvement. He also loves good food, music, dogs and enjoys spending time by the ocean. He’s a regular contributor for Smooth Decorator, An Australian Home improvement website.