Make the Most Out of Your Kitchen Pantry
A well-organized kitchen pantry is vital to your success in the kitchen. After all, is there anything more satisfying than opening your pantry door and finding everything right where it’s supposed to be? Better yet, it may even spark your creativity to experiment with a new recipe.
Whether you’re working with a small amount of space or have a walk-in, we have the solutions to transform your pantry into a functional working space you can make the most out of.
Clean Out Your Entire Pantry
First and foremost, empty your entire pantry and begin with a clean slate. Give your shelves a deep clean and disinfect surfaces. This process helps eliminate expired goods and frees up space to keep you organized longer.
Organize With Containers & Baskets
Categorize like items together – e.g., pasta, spices, condiments. Of course, frequently used items should be stored where they are easily accessible. Baskets are great for holding drinks, snacks, flatware, and table linens, while containers make good storage for items such as cookies, baking ingredients, and cereals.
Label Your Containers & Baskets
Label your storage containers and baskets to maintain consistency and keep track of where everything is located. This way, everyone in your household is aware of where things belong.
Running out of shelf space? Hang organizers over your doors to create more space. Over-the-door racks are ideal storage space for jars, condiments, and canned goods.
Ensure the older stuff gets used first by pushing those items to the front and new items to the back. This way, you’re making the most out of what you have and not letting anything go to waste. A can dispenser comes in handy to ensure the oldest cans are consumed before the newer ones.
Keep Certain Foods Separate
Onions and garlic pair well together in the pantry. However, avoid placing them next to potatoes, as they can spoil. It is also a good rule of thumb to keep potent items such as strong spices away from flour so that the flour doesn’t absorb any of the flavors.
Keep Up With It
You will be impressed with yourself the first couple of months, but keep in mind that dust accumulates, spills happen, and things expire. The key to a well-organized pantry is checking in from time to time to clean, disinfect, and toss items that no longer serve a purpose.