How to declutter your pantry

It’s a great way of downsizing and getting rid of the clutter in your home. Decluttering your home will reduce stress and make it much easier to locate what you need. Your pantry should be a focal point as you work your way through organizing your home.

Clearing out your pantry of clutter will make it much easier to find what you are looking for and can even help you maximize your storage space. These are some easy ways to organize your pantry in a matter of minutes.

Get rid of everything you don’t need

It is important to get rid of everything in your pantry. Do not try to save money by only removing half of your pantry and then moving the rest. You will end up with a less efficient storage system and more work later.

Instead, lay everything out on the ground so that you can take inventory.

Take inventory

After you have cleared out your pantry, you can take a cue to Marie Kondo and throw away anything that you don’t intend to use. You should check expiration dates to get rid of anything past their best-by date.

If you don’t have a plan for using items that aren’t expired yet, make one or both of these plans.

Thoroughly clean

Before you begin organizing, make sure to clean out every drawer and shelf in your pantry. This is the time to clean up any crumbs, packaging, or other debris that might have fallen onto your shelves or floor.

This is a good time to reline your pantry. You want a liner that is both easy to clean and will conceal any spillages or stains.

Create groups

Lay everything in groups of similar products before you start to place them back in your pantry. You can group items like “baking supplies”, cereals, snacks for children and others to make it easy to locate what you are looking for.

The number of food groups you create will depend on your family’s specific needs. However, it is important to list the most frequently used foods first so that they are easier to locate.

Add storage containers

Bulky cardboard boxes can take up too much space, and create unnecessary clutter in your pantry. Instead, take food out of its original packaging and place it in clear storage containers.

This will make it easier for you to create “zones” in your pantry. You can also easily remove one container to find what you are looking for, rather than sifting through a whole shelf.

Make a list

Make sure to keep a list of all the ingredients in your pantry as you fill it. This is especially useful for ingredients that you don’t use often, like baking supplies and obscure spices. It will help you to avoid accidental double-buys and make it easier for you to identify the exact ingredients you need for any given recipe.

A digital or written list is fine, but chalkboard paint may be a better option. This will allow you to add and subtract items as needed.

Use the Door

Make sure to use the interior of your door as well as your walls. For extra storage, hang small baskets on the walls or put storage units vertically to avoid cluttering your pantry shelves. This will keep your shelves clear of extra items, and it is also easier to organize these small storage areas.

Maximize your shelf space

Decluttering your pantry is not only about getting rid of things you don’t use or need, but it can also help you make the most of what space you have. Stacking is a bad idea. However, you can make use of vertical space by using wire shelves or baskets under-shelf.

This method works only if you promise to declutter every other month to make sure these extra storage spaces don’t become clogged with more items that you won’t touch.

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