My Kitchen pantry is out of control right now; plus I’m pretty sure it’s not a normal looking pantry since I just have jars full of dry bulk foods. Thus the reason for posting a picture of one of a friend’s pantry! Today I’m going to be working for AT LEAST 15 minutes, if not longer to get mine in order. How about you? Let’s try out these tips!
Spring Clean the Kitchen Pantry
Remove everything from the pantry.
The first step in organizing your pantry should be to remove everything. One benefit is that you’ll have to actually touch each item so you’ll know if the box is empty, it’s outdated, etc. It will also encourage you to finish the project quickly so you can use your kitchen again!
Scrub down the pantry.
Pantries are notorious for getting extremely dirty so this is a great time to wipe down the walls, shelves, and even the floor. If you’re tempted to skip this step, just remember, it could be another 3 years before your motivated enough to tackle the pantry again!
Determine which items you use often and which items are just taking up space.
As you restock the pantry, pay particular attention to the items that you rarely, if ever, use. For items that you don’t use, get rid of them. It may be tough at first but I promise you’ll be glad in the end! Move items that are used infrequently to the highest shelf. Keep food and supplies that are used daily at arms length.
Group similar items.
To find supplies and ingredients quickly, keep cans together, coffee supplies together, spices together…you get the idea. You’ll always know where to return an item after using it. And so will your family!
Use wall space.
My favorite tip for small pantries is to use wall space. You can use hooks and organizers to store spices, foil, plastic wrap, aprons, etc. without using precious shelf space. So, if you find that using your wall space would be helpful in organizing your pantry, make a trip out or order a few asap!
Your assignment for today:
- Continue working on habit #5.
- Organize your kitchen pantry.
- Put this task on your cleaning schedule.