Who doesn’t love a well-stocked and organized pantry? It’s a great place to store all the dry goods that we use every day and your small appliances that you don’t want cluttering your countertops. However, over time, it can become disorganized and messy with empty boxes, and expired food and becomes a dumping ground for whatever we throw in there when guests arrive! We’re guilty of it too! The best way to keep your pantry organized is by following a few simple steps:
Swap the Packaging
Replace the original mismatched spice containers you’ve been using for years with their more attractive glass counterparts to make your pantry look more uniform and organized. Another reason to invest in more appropriate storage options is that spices can be expensive and if you buy large bottles of spices and store them in glass jars they’re more likely to last longer than their pre-packaged counterparts. The reason? Plastic contains chemicals that can quickly break down flavor compounds found in many foods and beverages (including coffee), whereas glass does not contain any such chemicals so its contents will stay fresher longer. You can easily find these types of storage containers online or at the dollar store, and many of them come with customizable labels!
Get creative with your storage solutions by grouping similar food items together in nice containers. Try storing your dried fruit in a basket and your tea bags in a box. If you want to make sure that everything is easily accessible when you are cooking, try organizing the pantry using clear bins so that you can see all of the contents without having to rummage through them. The best part of this idea is that you can easily swap out your baskets, boxes or bins seasonally or in your new favourite colour at the time.
Will help you find what you need help prevent accidental contamination of food ad can display expiry dates more clearly. You can use either a label maker or printable labels for this task. If using the latter, be sure that the font size is large enough for items to stand out when you’re looking for them. Colour coding is another way to group certain foods and have an easy system of categorizing. You can use coloured labels for expiry dates or for types of items. Totally up to you!
Of course, there are many ways to organize your pantry. The key is to find what works for you and to stick with it. If you find yourself getting frustrated with this process, take a break from it or do one shelf at a time. It might help to start over again by clearing off all surfaces and rethinking where everything goes so that it makes sense in your life. In the end, we hope these tips have helped give you some ideas on how to make your pantry more efficient so that next time you need sprinkles for your ice cream party or rosemary for your holiday turkey, they’ll be easily accessible and still fresh!
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