When was the last time you organized your pantry? The pantry is one place that can get out of hand quickly if you don’t have a system of keeping it organized.
Currently The CDC is recommending “having enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.” If your pantry is a mess you probably have no clue how many days or weeks of food you have on hand. Even if you are not worried about Covid-19, it’s still probably a good idea to have food as the people who are panicking are clearing the shelves of basic necessities.
Also because we are now practicing social distancing this makes it the perfect opportunity for getting organized at home, especially your pantry. Follow these 6 simple steps to organizing your pantry.
Step 1: Clear your Pantry out
Clear all the items out of your pantry. I know that probably seems like a lot of work but it’s the best way to get your pantry under control and what else do you have to do right now?!
Step 2: It’s time to purge
First step, is look at the expiration dates on all your items. This seems pretty self explanatory but throw out all the bad food. Additionally, If you pick up an item that is still good but your family won’t it eat it then place it in a box for donation.
Step 3: Wipe your shelves down
The pantry can be one of the most neglected areas so wipe those shelves and clean the floor if you have a walk in.
Step 4: storage solutions
My favorite part is storage solutions. Time to go shopping! Before buying a ton of storage items that might not work consider looking at how much space you have to work with and dimensions. Here are some storage solutions ideas for keeping that pantry organized.
Step 5: Organize by category
I like systems because systems should make your life easier. When you open your pantry you should be able to find what you need quickly. I categorize all the baking items together, Breakfast items, kids snacks, etc. I decide what should be lower for my kids reach and which items should be higher.
Step 6: Bonus point organization step.
I like to have some easy meals on hand. For instance, I will have a bin labeled chili. All the pantry items to make it in labeled bin. Another one might be spaghetti.
Do you have a pantry organization tip, I would love to hear?