Here's how to clear the clutter from your kitchen pantry.
|Fit pantry cabinets with turntables, sliding drawer units, and bins. |
Photo c.2003 Glenna Morton, About.com
Time Required: 30 to 90 minutes
- Empty pantry shelves of all items by moving everything into boxes or onto a nearby countertop.
- Clean the pantry shelves and wipe dry with a towel.
- Plan pantry use by categorizing into prime and non-prime storage. If possible, prime storage at eye level should be for the most often-used items.
- Further categorize storage by item. For example, use one shelf for baking items, another for tomato canned goods and another for pasta and rice.
- Mark these categorized shelves with post-it notes denoting the contents.
- Begin to fill the pantry by placing items on the appropriate shelves.
- Make two lists as you work. One will be a grocery shopping list for items you need. The other will be ideas for containers, trays or extra shelves to make your pantry more useful.
- Place small items (such as mixes) into a small box or plastic container to keep them together.
- Designate a lower shelf for paper storage and place all napkins, paper towels and plates together.
- Keep some heavy items, such as soda bottles, on the floor or on a lower shelf.
- If you have extra wallspace in your pantry, consider hanging up hooks, a broom, a bulletin board or other helpful organizing items.
- If you cannot fit everything in neatly, consider removing some non-essential items for storage elsewhere. For instance, store paper goods in the garage, or extra soda in the basement.
- Don't hesitate to throw out old food or items you may never use again.
- Step back and admire your newly organized pantry.
- Try to reorganize when you're alone so you can concentrate.
- Spend some time pre-planning your storage needs before beginning.
- Store all cleaning products away from food.
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