Best Ways to Organize a Pantry
If your pantry is an unorganized mess, then today’s post is for you. Read on for our favorite ways to make pantry organization easy!
Tip #1: Easy Access
Have you ever noticed that the cereal aisle in the grocery store stocks all the kid-friendly cereals on the bottom shelves? That’s what we call kid-height friendly, and your pantry should definitely embrace that same concept. Use those upper shelves for the daily non-essentials and keep the lower shelves and drawers dedicated to easy-to-grab snacks and food. Your kids love it, but they’ll also be way less likely to accidentally tip over your olive oil bottle searching for what they need.
Tip #2: Use Drawers Whenever Possible & Create Countertop Space
When space allows, incorporate drawers and countertop space. They not only look sleek by keeping the clutter out of sight, but drawers eliminate you having to bend over to reach a bottom shelf or crawl into a cabinet to find what you need. Countertops work wonders for a pantry by essentially extending your kitchen’s space. Countertops provide an easy access space to pack lunches or do meal prep. It’s also a great place to keep your small appliances without cluttering your main kitchen countertops.
Tip #3: Simplify It Visually
As much as a pantry is meant for function, it’s also nice to keep it looking sharp visually so there’s a seamless transition into the rest of your kitchen. Investing in uniform bins, containers, or baskets creates a streamlined look. Then, go ahead and ditch all those boxes and containers that all of your snacks and essentials come in. By keeping your items on display it makes it easier to know your inventory and it’s a lot quicker to find when you’re looking for at any given time. Oh, and one more thing – for an added organization trick, consider color coordinating your items. Your pantry will look like it’s straight out of a magazine!
Tip #4: Create a Menu/Note Area
Need a convenient way to keep a list of items to stock up on during your next grocery run? Install a menu/notes area right in your pantry. You can get creative with this and use everything from a chalkboard to a sleek roll of butcher paper.
Tip #5: Pantry Labels
Finally, the key to making and keeping things organized in your pantry is to label everything. Whether you’re using a pared down label maker like you’d find in any office setting or investing in beautiful chalkboard signs that you can change up as needed, labels will make your life so much simpler. Label everything, and voila! Your essentials are always easy to spot.
So, here’s to keeping things simple – because life’s too short to spend it digging through stacks of cheese crackers and pudding.
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