Open the pantry and what do you find?
Probably, a mix of healthy and unhealthy things. And maybe even some ancient relics of something that used to be food.
Do you need a pantry overhaul?
Ugh! What a thought!
It can be a big job to get it all sorted out.
But pantry organization is worth doing, because it is an important part of being organised.
And being organized is the number one thing our clients say they need to do to be consistent healthy eaters.
The Pantry Overhaul
With that in mind, we created this pantry organizing checklist to help you do the job in an efficient way.
You may have heard many tips for organizing your pantry, but it is you who needs to come up with your own personalized to-do list, to address your specific situation.
Here is a real-life example of how you organize your pantry!
We suggest you set aside about 2 hours (or more for a bigger pantry) and get started.
But first, get:
- An empty rubbish bin lined with a bin bag for throw away items
- A recycling bin for recyclable materials
- A compost bin (optional) for items that will compost
- A new rubbish bag for give-away items
- Empty containers (glass jars, plastic boxes etc)
- A damp sponge and bucket of soapy water/water with vinegar
- A notepad and pen
- A permanent marker pen (optional)
- An apron and gloves (optional)
Put on your apron and gloves, then start at the top shelf of your pantry and work down.
How to Organize Your Pantry
Hmmm – ‘How to organize Your Pantry’ – it is a big question that might be keeping you stuck!
Think about the workable kitchen pantry organization tips that will serve your specific purpose.
- Throw away the contents, compost the contents, and recycle the packaging for any items that:
- Are out of date (2 months expired)
- Contain insects/weevils
- Have only empty packages remaining
- Give away items for items that are:
- Still in date, that you dislike, or don’t eat, or find unhealthy
- Repackage items that:
- Contain barely any contents – repackage into empty containers – glass jars/plastic
- Have broken packaging
- Are loose in the cupboard
Use a permanent marker to label the name of item and expiry date
- Take stock
- Write a shopping list for any staple items that are missing, nearly empty or were out of date
- Clean up
- Wipe down dirty/dusty containers
- Wipe dirty shelves
- Put several small packages (e.g. herbs) into one large empty container and label with a permanent marker
- Organise shelves into logical sections:
- Canned foods
- Empty bottles
- Snack foods
- Take the throw aways to an outside bin
- Take the composting materials to the compost or chicken coop
- Take the recycling to an outside recycling bin
- Put your shopping list in a handy place for your next shopping day
- Place your give-aways bag by the door or your car keys so you remember to drop it off to someone in need.
An organized pantry is a sight to behold.
It is the starting point for healthier eating and avoiding food wastage.
Now that it’s done, you can relax, have a nice cup of tea and celebrate your success!