Keeping the kitchen pantry organized has many benefits. It allows you to save money by identifying what products you have in ample supply and reveals items that should be purchased in bulk. It also enables you to thoroughly review your cooking habits. Buying a new product may seem like a great idea at the time but not so much when the item remains on the pantry shelf for years. Here is a logical way to clean and organize the pantry to get the most use from it.
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Step 1: Remove everything from the pantry including all the food, storage containers, any empty boxes. Give the pantry a thorough cleaning by dusting shelves with the dusting cloth treated with dust spray. Wipe down each shelf with the damp cloth and dry it, starting with the highest shelf. Remove cobwebs and dust from corners of the room and atop the door using the duster or vacuum.
Step 2: Line up all the food items on the kitchen counter, dining room table, or the floor. Review expiration dates on products and throw away items with dates in the past. Discard any items that will not be used and those that the family does not like. Place duplicate products together.
Step 3: Group items by type such as jars of spices, snack foods, cans of soups and beans, boxes of rice and cereal, and bottles of vinegar and oil. Put all items into storage containers to prevent them from going bad or becoming a meal for critters.
Step 4: Before buying storage products like shelving and containers, measure the pantry space several times and research the best solutions. Professional organizers recommend rollout storage because it allows you to view the contents of the entire shelf. Plastic bins are a budget-friendly way to organize each type of item. For example, put all snack foods into one bin and pull this out when you want a snack.
Step 5: Keep the pantry organized by decluttering it regularly. On a monthly basis, re-group items based on what products are most frequently used. Seasonally, adjust storage solutions based on available space.