Your pantry is pretty close to command central in your kitchen, just as important if not more than your refrigerator. So that means it could probably use some TLC.
If you’ve got your sights set on organizing your home in 2020, don’t forget about your pantry! Follow these tips below to get it in tip-top shape, but plan revisit it at least once a month (or more) so it’s easier to maintain your hard work.
Remove everything from your pantry and give it a good cleaning. This is a great time to throw out expired items and take note of the staples you use regularly. Keep an eye on these items and remember to check them before you go to the grocery store so you don’t run low or run out.
Divide your pantry into zones and keep like items together. For example, keep ingredients for lunch, dinner, baking, snacks and entertaining together. This allows you to save time searching for what you need, and it can help inform your shopping list and meal planning for the week.
Storing items in clear containers can not only help keep them fresh, but it also allows you to take inventory at a glance. Using containers can also help you use every bit of space more efficiently, especially by storing the contents of odd-shaped packages and bags in them.
Use a label maker or chalkboard labels so you can update the contents of each container, and don’t count on simply remembering what’s in each one. Labelling containers will not help you stay organized about what’s on hand, but also help you take note of what’s running low.
Designate a bottom shelf or area just for your kids. This gives you an opportunity to let them help you put groceries away and provides a space where they can go to grab a quick snack. Both teach them self-sufficiency, so it’s a win-win!
Think of all the extra space that you could maximize in your pantry and make good use of it! Get started by hanging organizers on your doors. They’re great for storing canned goods, spices, jars and more. Command hooks can help organize mitts, aprons and reusable shopping bags too.
Organizing your pantry doesn’t have to be expensive, so use it as a challenge to get creative. Just think, a shoe organizer can just as easily be hung over the door. A shower rack can organize produce. Sink caddies can hold packets. Even a chalkboard wall or space can help you keep track of your grocery shopping list.
Ready to keep your clean streak going? The professionals at Sweet Home Cleaning Service are here to help! Whether you need a one-time clean or regular maintenance, we proudly offer our 5-star service to many communities on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Contact us today for more information or to request a quote!