Organize the Pantry and Save Time!
Busy lives don't always allow us to have leisurely meal preparations. Having an organized pantry will go a long way to saving you prep time in the kitchen. Begin with a clean pantry, then arrange the items with a few helpful hints in mind.
-Sort items into categories, just as you find in the grocery store (canned goods, breakfast items, snacks, etc.).
-Place the tallest items in the back for easy visibility and access.
-Put those items used most frequently at eye level.
-Use baskets or bins for loose items such as seasoning packets, or to keep like items together. This doesn't have to cost a ton of money. Dish pans from the dollar store can be a simple solution.
-Keep baking supplies together to save time (sugar, flour, baking soda, etc.).
-If you buy in bulk, use mason jars or clear containers with tight seals. Make sure to label the container with the purchase date or “use by” date.
What is your favorite way to contain food in your pantry? Please share in the comments below! And, let me know if you want to see pics of these strategies in action from my own pantry.
Pantries can easily become overflowing with stuff. Here is how I have helped clients reclaim their space.
Here are the before and after photos of a pantry that I recently organized. With some removal of unwanted food, a few baskets from the dollar store, and containers the client already had, I was able to create a simple system that would work in the future. Labels (seen in the after pic) make it easy for the entire family to stay on track. This project took about 5 hours with a quick trip to the store.