- 1. Put the least-used items on the top shelf.
- 2. Keep like with like (baking supplies, measuring cup).
- 3. Use glass containers for storing bulk goods such as flour, sugar, rice, quinoa, etc.
- 4. Keep heavier items on lower shelves.
5. Arrange spices in alphabetical order as in grocery stores. This makes it easier to find the one you need. Never store these above the stove because heat will decrease their quality.
6. Keep only a minimum quantity of each spice. Their shelf life is about six months before they lose their potency.
7. Employ the “first in first out” rule so nothing becomes outdated because it was lost in the back.
8. Containerize as much as possible and label each container.
9. Keep only one extra of anything especially if your storage space is limited.
10. Store extras in another place if you can, but don’t forget you have them.
11. Attach a notepad to the inside of the pantry door along with a pen or pencil to keep a running grocery list and take it with you when you go shopping. Make a family rule that whoever finishes something (ketchup, mayo, cereal) write that on the grocery list.
1. Lazy Susans or turntables allow you to access the back of the cabinet easily so nothing gets lost. These are useful for spices and bottled vinegars and oils. For shorter items, use a two-tier Lazy Susan to make the best use of available space.
2. Glass storage containers are healthier than plastic because there is no off-gassing of chemicals. Use for dry goods like flour, sugar, rice etc. Often these can store more compactly than the bags or boxes they come in.
3. Small open bins will hold all kinds of smaller items from potatoes to packages of pasta.
What does your pantry look like? Is it in need of attention? Why not implement some of these tips to bring it into shape and then tell us how it went? We always enjoy hearing from our readers.
© Moreen Torpy
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Moreen Torpy is the De-Clutter Coach, a Trained Professional Organizer, Author, and Speaker. Her new book is Going Forward: Downsizing, Moving and Settling In. See www.goforwarddownsize.com for more about the book including where to purchase it, and www.decluttercoach.ca to learn about her organizing services.