A pantry is a vital component of any kitchen. It is the storage space where we keep our food and cooking essentials.
Having a well-organised pantry can make meal prep a breeze and save time, money, and effort, making a huge difference in every day life.
However, an unorganised pantry can
lead to frustration and waste, and cause chaos in the kitchen.
From making it difficult to find the ingredients for your cook ups, to over buying on products you may already have but can't see amidst the mess of the pantry shelves.
Having an organised pantry is key to healthy living, making meal prep and cooking an easier and more enjoyable experience, with less mess and less stress!
So today I'm sharing with you three of my go-to ways to organise your pantry for functional living.
1. Categorise and Label Everything
The first step in organising your pantry is to categorise everything. This means grouping similar items together.
For example, you might group all your canned goods together, your baking supplies together, and your snacks together.
Once you've categorised everything, it's time to label each shelf or container with the category name. This will make it easier to find what you need quickly and prevent items from getting mixed up.
To take labeling one step further, consider labeling individual containers and jars with the contents and expiration date. This will help you keep track of what you have and avoid wasting food that has gone bad.
2. Use Containers and Shelves
Using containers and shelves is an effective way to maximise space and keep your pantry organised.
Containers can be used to store items like flour, sugar, and pasta, while shelves can be used to create more vertical storage space. Clear containers are ideal because they allow you to see what's inside, and they help keep food fresh by protecting it from moisture and pests.
When using shelves, consider using stackable or adjustable shelves to make the most of your space. I love using tiered shelves in my organisation consultations because I find that they create more space for smaller items like spices and condiments, making it easier to locate your pantry products.
3. Rotate and Restock
Once you've organised your pantry, it's important to keep it that way!
One way to do this is to rotate your stock regularly. This means putting newer items in the back and older items in the front.
By doing this, you ensure that you use up older items before they expire, and you always know what you have on hand ✅
Another way to maintain your organised pantry is to restock items as needed.
This means keeping a list of items that you use regularly and checking it periodically to make sure you have enough of each item.
At times when I find we are running low on something, we always add it to our grocery list so that we can restock it the next time we go shopping.
This way you are saving your brain power for other important things, rather than having to remember that one item you're left racking your brain over on your next supermarket shop.
So there you have it, 3 of my favourite go-to ways to organise your pantry space for functional living!
Remember, organising your pantry doesn't have to be a daunting task.
By categorising and labeling everything, using containers and shelves, and rotating and restocking items regularly, you can create a functional and efficient pantry that makes meal prep and cooking a breeze.
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