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Tips For A Blissfully Organized Pantry

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Since the pantry is behind closed doors, it's easy to constantly take food out and put more in without giving much thought to its order (or the stuff wedged in the back!) But over time, things can become so disorganized that you forget what you have, and food goes bad or you end up buying more of something you don't need.
-Begin by removing everything from the pantry and clean the space. Lay everything out on a countertop or table, and take stock of what you actually have.
-Start by throwing out any expired foods. Then, organize foods into like groups, like canned goods, spice packets, and cereals.
-If you have a lot of small items like dry soup mixes and spice packets, try hanging a plastic shoe organizer on the inside of the door. The compartments are the perfect size for smaller odds and ends that tend to get lost.
-To help other family members put food back in the right place, try labeling the shelves with a Label Maker for organizational ease.
Time: 90 Minutes Cost: $15.00 Difficulty: Easy
  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jan 11, 2013

    That shoe organizer is genius!

  • AK Complete Home Renovations
    AK Complete Home Renovations Marietta, GA
    on Jan 11, 2013

    Especially for those dip or marinade packets that always slip through the cracks, but may not be plentiful enough to warrant a basket! =)

  • Dee W
    Dee W Senecaville, OH
    on Jan 11, 2013

    hard enough for the "cook" to keep it straight, let alone when the whole family is always in there. Love shoe bags for so many things. Hey, @ , can I borrow your label maker? lol

  • AK Complete Home Renovations
    AK Complete Home Renovations Marietta, GA
    on Jan 11, 2013

    @Dee W - It's true! They have SO many uses! Labeling those little pockets would be helpful to get the little ones to put things back in the right place (encourage reading!) and then labeling bins like for snacks, cookies, etc. is helpful too. Getting organized like this also makes taking stock of what you have before you head to the grocery store MUCH easier!

  • Denise
    Denise Zephyrhills, FL
    on Jan 12, 2013

    I have a small kitchen so I have been using the shoe bag for all my spices and I hung one in my daughter's closet to hold all her bills, checkbook, stamps etc while she and my grandson shared a small bedroom here.

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