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Your kitchen pantry, much like other small storage spaces in your home, can easily become disorganized. If you’re struggling to keep your kitchen pantry neat and organized, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with this same issue, particularly if they cook at home often and acquire a good amount of food over time. If you’re not careful, cans, pasta, cereal, spices, snacks, and everything else you store in your pantry can pile up, making it pretty difficult to find what food items you need, when you need them. If your pantry has already become overcome by clutter and chaos, you may be wondering what you should to do organize it as efficiently as possible and what you can do in the long-term to keep it as organized as possible over time. Here are a few suggestions to help you out in the pantry department:
- Take it all out – Take every single item out of your pantry and put it on your kitchen counter or kitchen table. Make a pile of the food products and other items you’re willing to get rid of. Check expiration dates, and make sure you put items that have expired in the throwaway pile. Consider donating unexpired items you don’t need to your local food bank, and throw away the rest of what you don’t need.
- Sort items by type – Before you put anything back in your pantry, sort everything by type. Grouping like items together in your pantry will help you keep it organized. For instance, if you know all the cereal is on the top shelf of your pantry, you’ll easily be able to find the cereal you want to eat for breakfast in the morning. The same goes of all the other, different kinds of things you store in your pantry.
- Make use of storage accessories – Storage accessories like hanging baskets you can attach to existing pantry shelves and spice racks you can attach to the back of your pantry door can be immensely useful. They give your pantry some extra usable storage space and make organization a lot easier. Before you start putting things back into your pantry, consider investing in some of these pantry storage tools.
- Carefully restock your pantry – Once you’ve gotten rid of what you don’t need, sorted things by type, and maximized your usable storage space with the right accessories, you can restock your pantry, making sure that you place items together on shelves and racks based on type.
So, get your pantry organized now by trying out the suggestions above. If you want to keep your pantry organized over time, you’ll regularly need to go through your pantry and get rid of what you don’t need, and you’ll regularly need to make sure that all of your pantry items stay sorted and in a proper place. Remember that you have the power to overcome a cluttered, messy pantry!
Bio: Lisa is a writer for SelfStorageDeals.com, where she writes about home organization and when to turn to storage units.