It’s that time of year again. The weather’s getting warmer and you’re inexplicably becoming more anxious to do yard work and straighten up the house. When did you last take the time to organize your pantry? These few organization tips can help get your pantry back in order in no time.
1. Clean Your Shelves.
Take everything out of your kitchen pantry and dust your shelves. If you have open bags of food in your pantry, you may need to vacuum your shelves as well, in order to get rid of every last crumb. You don’t want another ant invasion this year.
2. Throw Away Expired Food.
If you’ve had the same canned vegetables in your pantry for over three years, my guess is that it’s time for them to go. This helps to create room for you to stock up on groceries or other supplies you typically keep in your pantry, such as trash bags, paper plates, or paper towels. If you have food that has not yet gone bad but you know your family won’t eat, donate it to your local church or food bank instead of letting it sit around until it expires.
3. Line Your Shelves.
One more step to organize your pantry is to line your pantry shelves with a non-slip grip material. This will help prevent boxes from sliding off the shelves when you go to restock your pantry inventory. You can get the material from your local home improvement store or even the dollar store, and it comes in many different colors and patterns so you can give your pantry a personal touch.
4. Utilize Storage Bins.
Another spectacular way to organize your pantry is to add some storage bins. They can hold anything from plastic cutlery and paper plates to spare batteries and light bulbs. To make organizing easier, go one step further and label your storage bins. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could even color-code them: blue for batteries and light bulbs, green for plastic cutlery and paper plates.
Also, if you’ve got pets and you keep their food in the pantry as well, it may be a wise decision to keep it in a sealed container. This will again keep ants and other insects from being drawn to any particularly appealing scent coming from your kitchen pantry.
5. Organize Your Foods.
Keep all your canned goods together: the vegetables and beans and fruit. Keep your boxed foods on a separate shelf: the cereals, oatmeal, animal crackers, fruit snacks, etc. And always keep your condiments together: your ketchup, mustard, pickles, any unopened salad dressings, peanut butter, jellies, and so forth. That way you can easily find another bottle of ketchup when your daughter manages to squirt the last bit of the bottle from the fridge not only on her burger but all over her new white shirt, as well.
It’s relatively easy to organize your pantry. It’s more time-consuming than anything. But with these five tips, your kitchen pantry is soon to look just as organized as your local grocery store shelves, perhaps even better. Take a step back and enjoy the work and time you put into organizing your kitchen pantry with storage bins and shelf liners and a little elbow grease, and pop open a bag of fruit snacks before you move on to your next project.
About the Author
Rose Boettinger has been writing crafty blog posts like this for home improvement websites like Bayport House Hardware and Affordable Contracting for many years. Hopefully after reading this one you’ll be interesting in reading some more!