Day 11 The Pantry


Today it’s back to hands on organizing.

Today we are concentrating on the kitchen pantry only. If you don’t have a pantry, clean out the cupboards that are used primarily for food storage.

Clear off your kitchen table and pull it right up to the pantry.  No need for extra steps today. Take everything out. Yes, everything. It’s important to get a good cleaning in before you start organizing. You’d be surprised how many stray bits of dog food, onion skins and stale heels of bread you’ll find.

Once it is all out, give all the shelves and floor a thorough cleaning.  Place plastic storage tubs on the floor. If you have larger items, like 50-pound bags of dog food or 100-roll packs of toilet paper from the warehouse club, this would be a great solution for hiding them out of the way.

Put larger appliances that you do not use on a regular basis up on the top shelf. The stand mixer, bread machine and automatic ice cream maker all fit neatly out of the way up there.

Put items that tend to get messy in plastic, zipper bags or in clear containers. Flour, sugar and dried pasta are all well-suited for this.

Sort your cans into like items and line then up neatly, label side out. Group other like items as well, such as rice, pastas and extra condiments. You can even use baskets for things like baking items, these can be easily accessed by simply removing the entire basket.

Don’t forget your label maker today. Nothing says organized like beautifully typed labels. Try Clear Label tape with black writing for a cleaner look.

A few extra minutes spent reorganizing every time you grocery shop can easily maintain this ordered.

Check out these other posts about pantry organizing if you need a little extra motivation and inspiration today!

Inside a Pantry Make-Over

Organizing the Pantry

Must have Pantry Organizing Items:

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Air-tight food storage containers

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Pet Food Storage Bins

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Plastic Storage Bin

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Brother Label Maker

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Label Maker Plug:

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Cheap Label Tape for Label Maker Above:

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