Ready for an organized pantry like those you’ve pinned on Pinterest (don’t worry; we won’t judge). Here are some tips that will help you set up your pantry and keep it that way.
Tip 1: Plan your pantry
Before you run out to the store to buy all the containers and shelves, think about your lifestyle and cooking habits and create zones to keep your food items organized. Some categories to consider include: baking, weeknight dinners, snacks, quick breakfasts/lunches, etc.) Once you’ve identified your appropriate zones, figure out which foods should go in each category.
Tip 2: Do a hard reset
Now that you’ve identified your family’s habits and needs, it’s time to get to work. Take everything out of your panty and toss anything that has expired, donate what you don’t need, and group similar items together. This task will give you a better idea of what you have and how you’ll be able to better organize your pantry based on the zone system you created in tip 1. Bonus points: you’ll also free up some extra space!
Tip 3: Create an organizational system
A one-size system does not always fit all! Take the time to create a system that works best for you and your pantry space. That could mean risers, baskets, or containers. Whichever you choose, you want one that will help you stay organized and make finding items quickly.
Tip 4: Organize by zones
You’ve identified your lifestyle habits, decluttered your pantry, and created a system that keeps your organized. Now it’s time to put everything back into their new homes. Using your zones as a guide, begin to group items that fall into those categories together. This will streamline your pantry and allow you to quickly see what you need (so no more last-minute surprises when you’re trying to get dinner on the table!).
Tip 5: Maintain your gains
Here’s the key: you can clear out your pantry, buy all the containers and baskets, and then still end up with a messy pantry if you don’t continue to maintain your work. Take a few minutes every day to keep your pantry clean and tidy. Seriously, just a few minutes is enough! Continue to check expiration dates and toss anything that’s expired, donate unused items, and wipe down the shelves.
These five simple tips will help you to create an organized and streamlined pantry.