The other day, I was pulling something from my pantry and noticed a container of lemonade mix that had expired. Not a big deal right? So it is a couple months old…..wrong! It expired in 2011! So that prompted me to go through our pantry and reorganize it.
While I would love to have a sparkling pantry like the ones you see on Pinterest, the fact is that mine just needs some TLC and organizing love. So here are my before photos of my pantry. As you can see, the items are getting a bit messy and I believe it is time to replace that shelf paper!
I took everything out of the pantry and replaced the shelf paper. I picked just plain white for a nice clean look.
Next, I went through and tossed out the expired items. Here is my lemonade mix.
I ended up tossing some cereal as well. I don’t mind if something is a little beyond it’s suggested expiration date, but if has changed consistency or is pretty old, I toss it.
I put everything back and I wanted to share a couple of specific items I use to help keep the pantry organized.
2. For condiments and syrup, I use a lazy susan. This way I can see what there is using the turntable.
3. For pasta, I use mason jars. You can get them with lids for about $1.50 each and they keep food fresh. I do not need to label these because, I can see right through them.
4. I used sliding drawers to corral bags of rice mixes, baking chips and snacks so that they are not tossed all over the place. These drawers are relatively inexpensive and are usually in the closet storage section.
So here is my after photo,
What do you use to help keep your pantry organized?