Today we are talking about small kitchen pantry organization tips. My "pantry" is a single cupboard so it is super important to maximize space.
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 of months old.....wrong! It expired over a year ago!
So that prompted me to go through our pantry and reorganize it. So today I am sharing my Small Kitchen Pantry organization steps with you.
This post was from a few years ago, so be sure to check out my pantry checklist and my pantry organization tools
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!
Remove All the Items
It is essential to remove all of the pantry items to see what you have and what you might need. If it seems like too big a job, you can just do a couple of shelves a day for a few days, but it is best to do it all at once.
I took everything out of the pantry and replaced the shelf paper. I picked just plain white for a nice clean look. I like to use shelving paper to protect the shelves. It is easy to clean and looks better too.
Check Your Pantry Inventory
Next, I went through and tossed out the expired items. Here is my lemonade mix. Sometimes it can be difficult to read the expiration dates. Use your phone camera to magnify it if you have trouble reading it.
I ended up tossing some cereal as well. I don't mind if something is a little beyond its suggested expiration date, but if has changed consistency or is pretty old, I toss it.
When you have items taken out of the pantry, clean the shelves with a damp cloth.
I put everything back and I wanted to share a couple of specific items I use to help keep the pantry organized.
To keep things organized, create zones in your pantry for like items. Determine what items you use most and put those items in the shelves that are the easiest to reach.
- Use some of the inexpensive containers to hold like items. For example, for my powdered drinks, seasoning packets and dip mixes, I use a packet organizer so that I can see what I have easily. This one is elevated, so I can see clearly.
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. But you can if you want to. There are some cute labels you can buy for just a few dollars.
4. I used sliding desktop 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?
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