How to organize a pantry?

  • To get started, organize your pantry and dispose of any expired products.
  • Use turntables to hold small bottles and jars — they’re especially useful in hard-to-reach corners.
  • Transfer dried goods to reusable airtight jars to get rid of large boxes and bags.

Organizing your pantry can be an overwhelming and arduous task. You may not know where to start or what you need, but simple steps can help you dominate the organization and have a pantry that even Marie Kondo would envy.

To help you and your household keep order between the boxes and cans, consider these tidying and storage tips from Pia Thompson, professional organizer and owner of Sweet Digs.

Measure your space

It’s tempting to place a large order at your favorite storage and organization stores, but Thompson says it’s important to come up with a plan for your pantry — whether you have a full pantry or just a few kitchen cabinets. – before you hit the buy button.

“Measure your space, decide what you want to keep, and even make a sketch of your pantry and keep it updated until your project is complete,” she says.

Get rid of expired stuff

It may seem obvious to throw away products that have passed their expiration date, but many of us keep them in the hope of a longer shelf life. It can also be difficult to let go of unused or old containers, bins, baskets, and other storage materials. “Let go of what has expired and what doesn’t bring you joy before you hit the store,” Thompson says.

Once you’ve accomplished this task, take the time to wipe down the shelves and cabinet doors, which collect dust and — depending on their location — stains too.

Decant your products

Decanting means emptying the contents of a store-bought container into glass jars or other reusable vessels. Transfer works best for dry goods such as grains, oats, rice, flour and sugar. A decanted pantry is not only visually appealing, but also allows you to fully see your pantry contents and quantities. Be sure to choose jars that are the same volume as the product you are purchasing.

Thompson’s top tip for maintaining a tidy, decanted pantry is labeling. You can get creative with some chalkboard tape and chalk or a simple printed sticker label. “Write your expiration date on the back or bottom of the container and this way you can track and update it as you refill it.”

Keep frequently used items at eye level

When outlining your pantry plans, consider an arrangement that works for everyone in your household, such as keeping all the spices or all the post-workout snacks together. For example, Thompson stores snacks for children on lower, easily accessible shelves.

“Designating a labeled bin or basket filled with parent-approved snacks for kids not only teaches kids how to take care of themselves, but also gives you a break. It’s a win-win situation!” she says.

Organize your canned goods

Canned foods are a staple in the pantry for families, but can take up a lot of pantry stock — not to mention all the unnecessary fumbling that happens when it comes time to find a can of beans. Thompson recommends stackable wire racks or one that attaches to your door to free up valuable shelf space.

Use turntables in hard-to-reach corners

Pantry organization usually means getting bins and baskets and while these can be helpful, Thompson recommends looking at other less obvious products as well.

Turntables – also known as rotating trays or Lazy Susans – can be used to hold small bottles and organize ingredients by type. They are also very useful in the corners of cabinets where items are pushed back and out of sight, to ensure make sure you use them before they expire.”

Harness the power of baskets under the shelf

As the name suggests, these containers essentially snap to the bottom of a shelf, creating additional storage space in an area that would otherwise be empty. “These are really great for taking advantage of that vertical space that can’t be achieved with stackable containers. They’re great for storing small items really neatly,” says Thompson.

Insider’s takeaway

Getting your pantry in order may seem daunting at first, but making a plan — including a layout and shopping list — helps break the project down into smaller, achievable tasks. With some cleanup and a few simple storage upgrades, pantry maintenance can easily become part of your daily routine.

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