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Organizing A Pantry

March 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

Organizing a pantry is great for several reasons.

First, it ensures you can find your food and other items. This means you can locate and use what you have in turn saving time and money! Consequently, it also means that you will have an easier time cooking, keeping a diet and so on.

How wonderful!

The following tips on organizing a pantry will help get you started. Enjoy!

The Process

Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing a pantry.


• Start by going through your pantry one item at a time. Get rid of any items that are expired or no longer usable.

• As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile/bag/box - Keep or Trash.

• Take out the trash when you're done with the purging session. This hinders the possibility of undoing your hard pantry organizing work.


• You have pared down, and now you can focus on what's left. Sort the remaining items into categories that make sense to you (i.e. canned goods, pasta and rice, sweets, chips and snacks, sauces and condiments, breakfast goods, oils and vinegars, drinks, soups and broths, and so on).


• Put your sorted pantry items back into the pantry by assigning each shelf a category (i.e. top shelf is sweets and snacks, the next shelf is canned goods and soups, the next shelf is pastas, rices and breads, the next shelf is breakfast foods, bottom shelf is unopened drinks, etc.).

• Take into consideration those in your household. For example, you may want to put your child's snacks on a shelf that can be reached or your dog's treats on a shelf that can't.

• Utilize pantry organizing products to maximize your space. Turntables are great for canned goods, sauces, oils and vinegars. Stacking open bins are good for snacks in bags or are small in size like chips, cookies, crackers, fruit snacks and meal bars. Consider using clear, closed containers for things like cereal, flour, sugar and any other items that come in packaging that is hard to seal.


• Get into the habit of putting things back as soon as you're done and make sure they are completely sealed.

• A few times a year go through the pantry; dispose of expired items and make sure the packaging of edible items are closed properly. This is also a good time to wipe off the pantry shelves.

Nealey Stapleton - Organizing leads to happiness! I am a professional organizer, and I have experienced the positive results organization has had both in my life as well as in many others. Check out my website for more organizing tips here-

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