I recently had a kitchen makeover and had to remove all items from the cabinets and the pantry closet. I transferred everything to the walk-in pantry with the goal of reorganizing it when the kitchen was complete. To my surprise, I found three boxes of Ritz crackers. My area of issue in my pantry is the sliding, yet deep, drawers. I had purchased another box of crackers because I did not see the other two I already had. This lead me to my next savvy savings tip for this season and everyday- organize the pantry in order to know what you have, before you buy. Not only will you save by not making duplicate purchases, but you make room for the big holiday meal items.
There a super-fabulous designer pantries and then there are simple solutions everyone can follow. In just a few simple steps and a small amount of time, you can have an organized pantry. The goal for the pantry, regardless of the size, is for the function to be defined and for items to be easily accessible. Ask yourself: Does your pantry hold only food, or does it contain paper goods, cleaning supplies, and those catch-all items with no home? Can you see and reach all items? Once you determine the function of your pantry, it’s time to edit what you have.
Sort and Purge: Review all expiration dates, group like items, and remove any items you bought but are not using. Consider donating canned foods.
Containerize and Clip: Use tightly sealed containers for frequently purchased and used items; such as, snacks, cereal, coffee, flour, and sugar. If you keep items in bags, make sure to have clips to secure opened bags and prevent food spoilage. Place bagged items in open bins.
Consolidate for Space: As you sort through your items, trash boxes that are almost empty. For example, oatmeal packets, snack bars, and wrapped crackers can be placed in containers. I also use one container for grab and go snacks.
Group like items: Use small bins to group items that share a purpose. For example, keep sprinkles, icing, and other baking toppers together.
Organize and Access: Determine how you can utilize your space, create more space, and have quick access to see all items. This is where you will decide on what racks, sliding tracks, dividers, risers, lazy susans, and clear containers you may need to accomplish your goal.
Maintain the Order: Make sure your family is involved in understanding where things go. Label what you can and demonstrate your new system.
Maximize your Space: Use the pantry wall for mounting cleaning supplies and the interior side of the door for posting your grocery list-I suggest a magnetic board or cork board-chalk paint is a crafty solution too.
Here are some wonderful examples of pantries that use a variety of containers and have creative ways to maximize their spaces. The idea of adding color and style to a pantry is a greaet way to make it extra clean and special. I have also included images of products I use and that you see in some of these pantries.