How to Organise Your Kitchen Pantry
The pantry is an essential part of your kitchen. It may not be visible all the time, but it is the place where you store most of your family’s food. A well-organised pantry will make it easier to create shopping lists and find cooking ingredients. And if it is kept clean, then you will never have to worry about bacteria or pests. The following steps will take your pantry from ok to organised.
- Find Clear Containers That Fit Your Pantry
Look for clear containers that are sturdy and offer the capacity you need for loose or powdery food items. These should be used to store flour, rice, sugar, bread crumbs, noodles, dry cereal, grains, and other dry products. Choose containers with sealing lids to ensure freshness. Create or buy labels to apply to the containers for easy browsing. The contents will be visible from a distance and the label will further describe what’s inside.
- Set Aside Bins and Pans to Group Food Items
If you have clear bins or baking pans that you don’t use, set these aside to group food items together. They should be spacious enough to hold multiple packages or items, but small enough to fit on your pantry shelves. When you restock your pantry, place related food items in the bins or on the pans.
- Remove Everything and Wipe Down the Pantry
Now that you have your containers ready and filled, remove everything from the pantry and wipe it down. Pay attention to deep corners and high shelves that might be neglected. Sweep down any cobwebs and dust shelving starting at the top and working toward the floor. Finally, sweep up the floor and mop or vacuum.
- Restock Your Pantry
Return your food items to the pantry, this time placing in their proper space. Similar items should be arranged on baking sheets or in clear bins. Remember to line containers or packages up based on size and shape to optimise space use. You should be able to find things with a glance or make shopping lists by quickly scanning each shelf to identify missing items.
- Plan Daily Pantry Cleaning
Your pantry looks great now. You can even dress it up with some décor like kitchen-related word decals or repainted doors. Just remember that you still need to plan daily cleanings to keep the pantry looking beautiful. This should only take about 10 minutes or less per day. Set aside a specific time to make sure food items were put back properly and to dust or sweep as needed.
Also, remember to check expiration dates on food items at least once a week. If you have multiple packages of an item, place the ones that will expire soonest near the front. That way, they are more likely to get used and easier to find if they do expire.
- Optional Step: Improvised Pantry Storage
If you want to get creative with your pantry storage, you can improvise with space-saving racks and more. Some are made to slide over existing shelves so that no hardware is required. You can find freestanding racks that can be placed on an even surface to create smaller shelves. Magazine racks and other household accessories can also be used. Find the best layout based on your pantry size and the type of food you usually buy.