Isn't it lovely to see all your condiments, food packs, and fresh ingredients thoughtfully organized in your pantry? There’s just something so exciting and relaxing about it. After all, having a neat and complete pantry is heaven for someone who loves to cook.
With so many things going on in your kitchen, though, your pantry can be reduced into clutter in a snap! The good news is you can organize it just as fast with the right pantry organization tools and strategy. Here are pantry organization ideas that can help you keep your kitchen neat and clean.
Organizing With Baskets
Pantry organization baskets are useful because they’re light and most of them come with handles. These features make them ideal for easily carrying objects. Baskets are made with various materials such as bark, willow, rods, wire, plastic, paper, and rope. A great tip is to choose baskets made with sturdier materials for longer use.
In your pantry, you can use baskets to categorize items. You can use them as individual containers for condiments, pots and pans, cleaning materials, and more. You can even put together a party basket packed with snacks and drinks. That way, you won't have to claw your way into the pantry when guests arrive and need something quick to munch on. Baskets are commonly placed above and below your pantry cabinets. Meanwhile, the middle area of your pantry should be reserved for the most used items.
Organizing With Bins
Pantry organization bins are the same as baskets because they create more space and are used to categorize items. Bins are also lightweight and usually have handles for easy transport. However, unlike baskets, bins are made with heavy-duty plastic. Nonetheless, their plastic composition makes bins easy to clean. In instances where liquid is spilled inside a bin, it will be easy to wipe. Stacking your bins is also possible. Just remember to remove bulky packaging before storing them. Bins usually are subdivided into smaller sections to differentiate items further.
Organizing With Jars
It’s common to see glass jars filled with food. Glass jars are loved by many as they lend an aesthetic touch to your pantry. These glass jars are preferred for their transparent feature, ability to store food and keep them fresh longer, and reusability.
Investing in good glass jars will save you money and help the environment at the same time. When looking for containers, look for wide-mouthed glass jars. Better yet, reuse glass jars from your empty jams, especially when you repack spices. It will be easy for you to scoop out the amount you like. Remember not to stack glass jars more than two tiers high. This will keep your stacked items stable.
Labeling Your Organizers
Labeling your baskets and jars is the most tedious part of organizing your pantry but it is also the most crucial among all pantry organization must-do’s. Labeling sets a designated area for each of your products: produce, pots and pans, seasonings, etc. You could use a tape, pen, and paper to label or order a portable label maker online. The label usually includes the name, date, and special instructions. Choose label names in broad terms. Depending on your inventory, the most common categories are:
- Baking ingredients
- Baking mixes
- Nuts and dried fruits
Putting a date on jarred items is also important. It identifies when to toss the item in the trash or when products are at their peak quality and flavor. Plus, labeling also comes in handy for items requiring special directions on how and when to use it.
Using Doors For Pantry Organization
Not a lot of homes are equipped with a wide-spaced pantry. It adds to the challenge of organizing, especially for a big family. We recommend maximizing the space behind the door. Use a hanging organizer. These are perfect for placing some of the items you often use. Place spices, oils, and canned goods on the bottom rack.
A big family needs a long list of groceries. The best way to avoid clutter in your pantry is to be smart when shopping.
Purchase fresh herbs. Dried herbs used to be a pantry staple, but most have little taste and quickly lose it during preservation, except for dried oregano and thyme. For special spices such as saffron, buy the smallest quantity possible. Some specialized companies ship them to you if you get as small as three tablespoons. You'll save space, time, and money by not buying more than you need.
For cleaning, understand and adjust your habits. Cleaning and trimming a week's worth of veggies at once is ideal, but buy smaller quantities if you don't have the time.
Checking On Your Pantry
Clutter, in general, appears when we do not regularly check on our stuff. Before buying groceries or ordering online:
- Do a quick inventory.
- Check expiration dates on the items.
- If an item is about to expire, use it in your next meal and add it to your list of groceries if you need more. If you don't check your pantry from time to time, you'll end up with too many things and very little space.
Declutter Your Pantry Fast
Organized and clean pantries are easier to navigate and use during a busy morning prep or a sudden dinner with friends. With these pantry organization ideas, you'll be prepared for anything. Just remember to use baskets, bins, and jars, label them, check them regularly, maximize unused space, and be smart with the ingredients you buy.
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