pantry, kitchen, interiors

How To Organise Your Pantry

By applying a bit of initial effort and logical thinking to your pantry organisation, you can make cooking and dining a breeze! Here’s how to create a pantry that’s a joy to open.

Goodbye to expired items

  • Step one is to pull every single item out of your pantry and give each of them and the shelves a good wipe down. It’s also a great time to go through your items and throw out anything that’s expired or any old spices as they’ll lack flavour.

Make containers your best friend

  • Note how much of everything you have. This will help you figure out whether you need any new small, medium or large storage containers and how many shelves, slots or spaces to dedicate.
  • Match up anything that you have in doubles or triples. Put these into one container or store them together in a row with the item expiring soonest so you’ll use it up first.
  • Coordinating containers instantly make things look neater. But this perfection can be hard to maintain over the long term. Instead, decide on a simple theme to keep visuals cohesive; perhaps all-white or all-glass and stainless steel. You don’t need to buy expensive storage. Think outside the Tupperware box by looking around the house or sourcing vintage or second-hand crates, baskets, bins, decorative bowls and even wide-mouthed glass vases. 
  • Where possible, opt for containers that are stackable to maximise your available space.
  • Clear or transparent jars and containers are often best so you can see what you have and how much in an instant.

Get labelling

  • If you’re a fancy label kind of person – that’s great! If not, masking tape plus neat handwriting make for cheap, effective, easy and removable labels. You can even find tape in neon colours these days.
  • Get in the habit of writing the purchase or expiry date on your labels too. Label on top or on front of the containers according to which side you’ll see first.

Keep food fresh

  • You could buy specialised clips for closing half-used packets – but clothes pegs are affordable and something you most likely already have. Wooden pegs will suit rustic, natural or country-style kitchens.

Where do things go?

  • Use baskets or open containers to group things that you use most often for easy access. Store these at easy to reach heights.
  • Closed tins are good for storing those occasional things like cake decorations and cookie cutters – they keep dust, light and bugs out. Store these up high but store heavier items and weighty kitchen gadgets that are also only occasionally used down low.
  • Pop things the kids should have access to (like healthy after school snacks) at a grabbable height for them. Keep those chocolates and sweets on the higher shelves to avoid temptation.

Keep pantry fresh

  • Finally, add a homemade odour and damp eater. An open box of bicarb with some essential citrus oils smells fresh and only needs to be stirred up every now and then and replaced yearly.

For more tips on organisation and tackling clutter in your home visit: www.mise-en-place.com.au/ and konmari.com/.

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