Have you ever had to run to the grocery store to pick up a jar of spaghetti sauce, only to return home to find one hidden behind the pasta boxes? Or ever reached for the cereal to find out it is either stale or expired? For some people, the mess of their pantries and cabinets is overwhelming – and taking extra time to find what you need is frustrating!
Cleaning it out and creating a simple organization system can save you time, aggravation and money, and it can make preparing a meal quicker and easier. So how do you get started?
What's the best way to get your pantry organization project underway? Empty it out! Take all the items off the shelves and set them on your table or floor. Wipe down your shelves and clean up any messes that have been left behind. Now your pantry is ready to be re-stocked – but what is going to go back in there?
Sort and Organize
Look through all the products that you took out. Check for expired goods that should be thrown away. Are there any items that no one in your family will eat? Consider donating them to a food drive or shelter, and put them aside. Now that you have a pile of the food you will be keeping, decide how you want to categorize the items.
It will be much easier to find products when they are on a specific shelf with like items. Maybe you group the canned vegetables together, same with the pasta boxes, baking ingredients and bottled liquids. Choose a categorization system that makes the most sense to you. The better it works for you, the greater likelihood that it will be a system that will stay in place.
Frequently Accessed Items
Next take a look at the products you have in front of you. Are there small items or loose items that will be best stored in a basket on the shelf? Baskets
are a great way to keep items together, it is easy to see what's inside, and it makes for a much neater look! Try our Ultra™ Baskets, the contemporary design and range of sizes make them ideal for organizing pantry shelving, kitchen cabinets and countertops.
Keep Fresher Longer
What about your dry goods? Ultra•Seal™ Food Storage Containers
will keep cookies, pretzels and other snacks fresher longer because of the airtight- and watertight seals, and it is a neater way to store them. Do your cereals become stale before you get to the end of the box? Try keeping them in our 16
or 24 Cup
Dry Food Containers, the flip-top lid allows for easy pouring and the see-through base lets you see when it is time to refill. They are great for rice and pasta too!
A Step Forward
Time to begin placing items back into your pantry. The baskets and food storage containers will make more efficient use of the space and instantly make the area look orderly. Now start to place your other items – cans, boxes, etc. With a spot for everything, it will make it easier to see what items you need to replace during your next shopping trip. Stock up only on those items you use most often to avoid products expiring before you get to use them.
Feel better? Ready to tackle other projects?
Your pantry is an example of perfect organization! Now look around – do you have kitchen countertops, cabinets or drawers that could use attention? What about that junk drawer? It is a home to so many things – but the time you spend rummaging around looking for that one thing you need is aggravating! Consider trying our Storage Trays
, their tight-weave design allows for easy identification of contents, but keeps small items contained inside. There are five sizes to choose from and they allow you to organize many differently-shaped items with the same look and feel. Try them on shelves and countertops too!
Getting organized is a hard task, but the feeling of accomplishment is worth the effort. Now that you have a system in place, share it with your family so they can help maintain it. It will be easy to see what you have on hand and what you need to buy. Wasting money by buying things you already have or tossing out expired food will be a thing of the past. Preparing meals will be that much simpler and needless trips to the store can be avoided.
Good luck and happy organizing!