The last thing you want in your kitchen is a disorganized pantry. Organizing your pantry will greatly benefit your kitchen by allowing it to run smoothly and efficiently.
The first step to organizing your pantry is to de-clutter. Take everything out of your pantry and classify between the stuff you ‘always use’, ‘sometimes use’, ‘rarely use’ and ‘never use’. Throw out everything that is stale and expired. Check your ‘rarely used’ pile if you really want to keep them and if you will really use them, otherwise just give them away. You can also try breaking away from your regular kitchen routine and make it a priority to use them on a new recipe. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised with the dish you end up with.
Next, you need to estimate your pantry space if it is adequate for your needs. You might find that after de-cluttering and organizing your pantry, you have enough space after all, with just a little room needed for adjustments in terms of shelving. After you’ve surveyed your space, decide where you want to locate your supplies. Your ‘always used’ stuff should be easily visible and accessible. Put small bottles and spices on a lazy Susan or door mounted utility rack or spice rack for easy access. Put your ‘sometimes used’ supplies as secondary priority in terms of visibility and access. While your ‘rarely used’ supplies should go to the top or bottom of your pantry.
There are many other ways you can go about organizing your pantry. If you feel that your current pantry is not enough, there are many ways you can enhance your existing storage. You can opt to put in an entire pantry shelving system if you have a big, bare pantry cabinet. The additional shelving will let you segregate and organize your supplies according to frequency of use. You can also further de-clutter your kitchen by utilizing the top part of your cabinet by installing a hanging pot and pan organizer. Smaller pantries can benefit from multi-level pull out shelves or baskets. This allows you to double, even triple your storage space without ‘cramming’ you supplies together. You simply pull out the rack or shelves in order to see all your supplies. If your pantry already has adequate shelving’s and racks, then perhaps all you need to do is add some minor enhancements such as hanging racks or utility trays just to further help you segregate your supplies.
Every kitchen is incomplete without a pantry,and organizing your pantry can be very rewarding and will ultimately help you run your kitchen better. Just remember that after taking the effort to organize everything, you must make a disciplined effort to keep and maintain everything in order. Follow the assigned sections for all your supplies when you replenish your pantry. When you buy new ingredients, avoid buying in bulk until you decide that you will always be using these products so you can avoid building clutter inside your pantry again.
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