Just like any other closet, the pantry is prone to clutter, forgotten items and outdated junk. With these organizing tips, you’ll be on your way to a clean and efficient pantry in no time.
1. Ditch Expired Foods
Jarred and canned goods come with an expiration date, so make getting rid of anything that has expired your first step. If you come across items that are getting close to expiring, get out your recipe book and whip up a few dishes.
2. Reevaluate Ingredients
Your pantry may be cluttered with a bunch of ingredients that are just not getting used. Take a hard look at what’s in your pantry and donate anything you’re not using.
3. Store With Labels
Categorize your items—i.e., grains, vegetables, condiments, etc.—and make sure everything is standing upright for maximum visibility. Use canisters to help further organize your dried goods, such as pasta, cereal and coffee.
4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
If you have a surplus of food that you won’t be able to use, give them to a neighbor or food bank. Empty jars and cans of expired food then recycle the containers. See if you can use unwanted items in creative ways, such as craft projects that call for pasta and baking decorations.