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How To Organize A Pantry To Save Yourself Time And Money

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Proper pantry organization can help you save time by making it easy to find what you need without searching through containers, bags, and racks for specific ingredients or food items. It can also help you save money by enabling you to see which food items you need to use first, so perishable items don’t expire because they’re hidden behind other boxes and containers.

Making Space

The first step in pantry organization is to make enough space. One good way to do this is to purchase stackable storage bins. These save space and protect food from pest infestation and humidity. Racks and storage hooks are another good way to use vertical space. Alternatively, you could consider modifying or even rebuilding your pantry to meet your needs. Closet & Storage Concepts specializes in projects of this nature and can help you create an ideal storage space that will serve you well for many years.

Get Rid of Clutter

If you haven’t used something for over a year, the odds are that you won’t use it again. Discard any food items that are expired. If you have food items you don’t plan on using that are still good, consider donating them to the local food pantry. 

Creating an Organizational System

Many people group food into “categories” to make it easy to find what they’re looking for. If you enjoy baking, for instance, you may want to store ingredients such as flour, baking powder, and baking soda on the same shelf. If you have friends over regularly, consider storing all snack foods in the same storage bin for easy access. On the other hand, if you enjoy cooking different dishes at home, it may be wise to group foods according to cuisine type; i.e., all the ingredients needed for Italian dishes could be on one shelf while ingredients for Indian food may be on a separate shelf. It’s also wise to have a system that keeps older food in the front of the shelves so the first item you grab will likely be the one that needs to be used first. 

Long-Term Organization

Pantry organization isn’t a one-time job. You’ll likely need to reorganize your pantry occasionally as you shop or change your cooking and/or eating habits. Even so, ensuring you have ample storage space and creating an organizational system for your pantry will save you a lot of hassle, hard work, and money. If you’re tired of digging through the pantry to find things or throwing out expired food, consider the pointers listed above and adapt them to suit your needs and help you stay on top of your food storage.