6 Storage Solutions For Your Pantry
The kitchen is the heart of the home and often the busiest room. With family members coming in and out, the kitchen and pantry are quick to become disorganized and messy. Here are some quick tips on how to keep calm and organized in the pantry.
1. Start fresh by removing old items
The first step to getting your pantry organized is to remove all the old or outdated items. Now I know many of us keep items past their expiration date and thats fine to use the date as more of a guide but here are the “rules of thumb” for expired items.
a. Any items that are 3 and 4 years old just need to go. Ignore the voice in your head, I promise you are not going to use them!
b. Spices and herbs are generally good for 1-3 years. Sometimes you can stretch a spice to 4 years, but the flavor might diminish.
c. On average, canned goods can last between 2 and 5 years and some even beyond that. But again, if you have not opened the can in 2 years, you probably will not open it at all. It's time to let it go to your local food bank, our favorite being Abraham’s Tent.
2. Store It Right: Store Like Items Together
This is the #1 rule in organizing any project in your home, in this case we are not only talking about groceries but also your serving pieces, platters, and so forth. Always always always store like items together. Maximize your space by storing flour, sugar and spices in airtight stackable containers. This will help you know what you have before heading out to the grocery store and will help you identify ingredients for a great meal.
3. Labels, Clear Containers and Baskets
Using labels and clear containers is a great way to see what you have and to keep perishable items fresh. Labels can help the whole family understand what is where in the pantry. As always our rule of thumb is “grab and go” (NO DIGGING), no one has time to look for lost items buried in the deep dark corners of your pantry. Furthermore, we love installing baskets in the pantry for children’s snacks and such as this promotes independence at an early age.
4. Adjustability is key!
All of our systems boasts adjustable shelves. Think about it, a can good is 4 1/2” tall and a cereal box is 12 1/2” tells respectively. Th
at's a big difference! If your pantry shelves are not adjustable you probably have a lot of wasted space in between the shelves, in this case, use stackable containers to add more usable space. Even stacking your platters, bowls and other serving pieces can help.
5. Use Door Space
Some pantries have a door that could be used to store additional items. For example, using hooks to hang aprons or brooms is a great way to use every inch of space.
6. Keep food storage containers organized.
Food storage containers and lids can quickly get out of control. Organize them in separate bins: one for lids and one for the containers and keep them on shelves so they're easy to match.
Since the kitchen is the busiest room in the home, staying organized is key! We can help you design a pantry that works for you. Our adjustable system allows you to move shelves around to accommodate your daily ingredients. Call us today to design your perfect storage space. Set yourself up for success with the pantry of your dreams so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fact that having a perfectly organized pantry will cut cooking time in half - leaving you more time to enjoy with family and friends!
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