Purge your pantry
Organizing my kitchen pantry is one of my agendas for the weekend. Once this frequently used space is organized, it helps with saving time, space and money. Follow a few simple tips and you’ll also have an organized pantry in no time.
*Empty and clear it up: This is truly a difficult part of the project but it is worth the effort. Take everything out of your pantry and toss the expired items. If there are items that are good but you don’t really want to put into further usage, separate it for a donation to your local shelter. After your pantry is empty, wipe your shelves with a damp cloth.
*Categorize and create zones: Map out “zones” for various categories; such as spices, canned goods, snack foods, baking items etc. Split items into these groupings:
• Items for every day use
• Items less frequently used
• Unopened items
*Establish locations: Next, determine a location for each zone. “Items less frequently used” can be assigned to areas that are hard to reach. Adopt a FIFO (first in first out) method. Shift the older items to the front while the newer ones at the back.
* Think about extra shelving: A variety of tiered, expandable and hanging shelves can help you in a better organization.
*Create space for bulk items: We all like to save money by purchasing things in bulk. However, storing them can become a somewhat difficult task. All your bulk food items like flour, sugar, pasta, etc. should be stored in shelf-friendly containers that offer maximum space utility.
Restock smartly: The best way to ensure that you aren’t doing your pantry overhaul in a couple of months again, is to refill your kitchen pantry in organized zones. Arrange for snack zone, baking zone, pet food area and likewise, so that you are no longer struggling for anything.
Lastly, store a step stool in the pantry to make reaching high shelves easy.
It does not takes much time to unclog the shelves, arrange and sort your foods, purge items and restock in a structured pantry. When it is about dinnertime, that pack of couscous will be a snap to find!
Guest blogger: Divya.