An Organized Pantry

An organized pantry comes with plenty of upsides: you can save money because you’ll know exactly what you have in stock, you might be compelled to cook more, and you can stop any bugs  in their tracks by avoiding the sticky spills and stray crumbs when everything’s packaged and sealed in containers and bags. But if you haven’t given your pantry a good clean in months (or years!), it can be a daunting task.

Once upon a time , We had  a large pantry, but it still felt like I didn’t have enough room for all the food I was buying and it was disorganized and overflowing on the shelves. Everything was being piled on top of each other and I couldn’t find anything—I would buy things I already had because I couldn’t remember what was in there.

Since the main issue with my disorganized pantry was the overflowing bags of food, I took stock of the grains, nuts, and pasta bags in my pantry and placed them in clear food containers. My advice: Divide and conquer, and take your time. “If you aren’t sure about the size, buy one at a time to test out which sizes work for you before getting a large amount of containers,” Also  You can always add more later. I bought so many and it can add up cost-wise, but think of it as an investment since you can use it for years to come and it will help you stay organized.

The results made a big difference both in terms of space and money. I’ve actually gotten more free shelf space back because I can stack the containers on top of each other and in front of each other. I can fit three times as much food on one shelf, It’s great to be able to find what I’m looking for and now that I can see everything it inspires me to cook a variety of items. When I go grocery shopping, I can visualize the bins and what was low and needed to be replenished.

For more pantry organizing ideas, here are my  best tips:

1)Keep Things Within Reach 

Avoid having your family members mess up your painstakingly-organized pantry by making the most-used items easy to find on one shelf or area. Keep the items YOU  eat on a regular basis accessible so they don’t have to move things around! PERIOD !

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2)Hang Stuff Up

Save shelf space by using an over-the-door hook to store lunch bags and soft coolers on the back of your pantry door, If you don’t have a door, you can put up temporary hooks on a blank wall to hang bags.

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3)Get Rid of Boxes

Save space by unboxing individually-wrapped items like flours and grains and gathering them in a cabinet space  marked ‘Grains ’ so you don’t have to tear apart the pantry to find them,

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4)Use the Floor Space Wisely

Always keep food off of the floor,Use the floor of your pantry for appliances, pet food, extra containers, or beverage cans.

5)Pack Away Rarely-Used Utensils / appliances 

You probably aren’t going to use your grand moms  antique channel collection / or your rarely used fruit juicer —and if it’s taking up prime pantry real estate, you’ll want to find a new home for it in your kitchen. Store appliances you use infrequently in another closet, or up on the top shelf of your pantry.

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I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post and pin it below!

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

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