When you’re tired, hungry, and overwhelmed with groceries to put away and dinner to prepare, you need a pantry that will leave you inspired, not exhausted. An organised pantry lets you take control of your kitchen. It’s easier to know exactly what you have, and you can avoid accidentally buying items you already own. If you’re tired of living in a chaotic kitchen, it’s time to take action.
Follow these steps and your pantry will be organised in no time!
The first step to organising your pantry is to take everything out
Lay it all out in front of you, on the benches or even kitchen floor if you must. Check the food labels for expiry dates; you’d be surprised how many items are past their prime and could be tossed straight into the garbage. Once you’ve gotten rid of all the unwanted and expired items, wipe down the shelves to get them nice and clean.
Next, categorise your items
A good way to do this is to break down the types of food and drink you typically stock, then assign categories accordingly. For example, you might have breakfast goods, baking goods, canned food, snacks, dry goods (pasta, cereal), vinegars and spices. You can put these categories into baskets or onto shelves that are labelled, so it is easy for everyone in the family to find exactly what they are looking for.
Consider your storage options:
There are great storage options such as Ikea Variera tubs, and clear modular containers in all shapes and sizes that you can get online or from Bunnings. You can label the jars/containers with masking tape or write on them with a marker that is easily removed when you need to change the contents.
Position your items in the pantry
Once you have categorised and stored everything in containers, you need to find a designated spot in your pantry for them. To help you out, here are some tips that you’ll find useful—especially if you have a smaller pantry:
Put the items that you use the most at eye level and place the things you rarely use on higher or lower shelves. It saves a lot of time and energy in the long run and is just more efficient in general.
There’s also nothing more frustrating than digging through a cabinet only to find that the item you need is at the back of the shelf or behind something else. Lazy Susans are the perfect solution to this problem. A Lazy Susan is a turntable (rotating tray) that allows for easier and quicker access to items for the same amount of space. With a Lazy Susan, you can get easy access to all your items in no time. They are the perfect choice especially for the corners of your pantry.
Another great tip for small or narrow pantries is to use a long thin tub that can easily slide in and out. This solves the problem of not being able to see or reach items. You won’t knock things over while trying to rummage through them, because you can see exactly what’s at the back.