Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Simply Organized - The Pantry

 Our pantry wasn't crazy bad, but it was bad enough that it wasn't easy to put groceries away each week after going to the store. I knew when the water and Gatorade were still on the floor next to the pantry that it was time for a little organizing.

First, let me stay that I really like our panty. I have had everything from deep pantries to no pantries over the years. I definitely prefer shallow pantries. It's hard to lose things in a shallow pantry because you can pretty much see everything that is there.

The best way to organize a pantry is to keep it simple.

Tips for keeping pantry organization simple:

 - Don't feel like you have to have a Pinterest worthy pantry. Uniform containers for everything instead of boxes are pretty, but not realistic for our family. I could have purchased baskets that all matched, but it really just isn't that important to me. I just want our pantry to function well. (There is nothing wrong with matching baskets and containers if that is your thing.)

-Take everything out and group like items together. (Ex. drinks, breakfast foods, canned goods, sweets, dinner items, snacks)

- Check those dates and discard anything that may have expired.

-While everything is out, give the shelves a good scrub.

-Corral small things in baskets or containers so that they are easy to find and put away.

-Put everything back in a way that makes sense for you and your family.

- Label the shelves/baskets/canisters so that everyone in your family knows where things are supposed to go.

The green floral pattern in our pantry is wrapping paper that I put up with tape 3 years ago. I didn't want to commit to paint, and this is still working out just fine. It wasn't necessary, but I do enjoy the nice pop of color and pattern.

There isn't a good way to store bread and chips in our pantry, so I keep two large baskets on top of our fridge. One for chips and one for all of our bread items. It works for us.

What kind of pantry to you have? Do you find it hard to keep organized or do you have a system in place for everything?O

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