The pantry is one of the most used places in the kitchen. No matter if you have one cabinet or a walk-in closet for your food and other items, it can quickly turn into a disaster zone if it’s not properly organized.
Here are some ways to keep your pantry organized and make the most of whatever space you have.
How much time have you spent rooting through your pantry trying to find one thing that’s hidden in the back? It’s easy to do when you have boxes, cans, and jars strewn everywhere with no rhyme or reason.
Change things up by taking products out of their original packaging and moving them into clear glass or plastic storage containers. This allows you to easily see what’s inside and find exactly what you need.
Glass containers are more environmentally-friendly than plastic. Whatever you choose, make sure you can write (and rewrite) on the outside as you keep track of what’s in each jar and its expiration date.
Sheet Pan Method
Once you have individual items taken care of, it’s time to focus on the bigger picture. When you have a wide open space like a pantry, you may struggle to determine what should go where. The sheet pan method can help with that.
The premise is simple: Use sheet pans to group similar items and then pull out pans as needed based on whatever you are cooking or baking. For example, you might put all of your Asian-inspired ingredients (soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, etc.) on one pan so you can pull out the entire thing the next time you are cooking something in that style.
As a bonus, having pans underneath everything will also help contain spills and leaks and prevent them from getting onto the floor or other items in the pantry.
Make it a Habit
The pantry is one of those places in your home where things can go in but never seem to come back out. You might buy something to use in one recipe and forget about it only to have it take up space for years until you realize it’s still in there.
Sound familiar? If so, take a few minutes each week to keep tabs on what’s happening in your pantry. Reorganize anything that’s come out of place during the week, double check expiration dates, and discard old items as needed.
By adding this to your weekly list of household chores, you can ensure that all of the hard work you put into organizing your pantry in the first place will pay off in the long run.
Our team at Three Week Kitchens can help you design a pantry that fits your needs. We’ll work with you to determine how you use it and recommend custom storage options based on your needs.