Here are some tips to tackle your pantry and keep it organized from the Guru of Organization, Kim Bignon of Organize U (organizeuco.com).
One thing I have found that helps organize messy spaces and helps me create space for more things, is by containing most things. If you are a family who loves "on the go snacks" you can regain much space by using baskets or bins to store all snacks together. Purge boxes because they are bulky and dump all snacks into a bin. Boxes take up a lot of space in a pantry and when you have an open container like a basket or bin you can SEE what you have left and you will know when to replenish.
Also, containing pasta's and cereals and baking supplies in similar containers that stack well will help maximize your space and keep small things from getting lost in the way back.
ORGANIZE BY SHELF
Designate each shelf to a different category. This helps you know where to look when you are making pasta for the family dinner, or baking cookies for your Bible study. Give everything in your pantry a "home" so that you know where it lives and where to put it back. Labeling your shelves is another way to remember where things live.
Your pantry (and your frig) are truly the "action central" of your kitchen. These two areas should be stocked and ready for daily living, for last minute dinners and parties and for all those hungry mouths in your family. When you have an organized pantry, and you inventory often, you know when and how much you need to replenish so that you are shop "ready" when it's time to visit your local grocery store. Also, when you inventory regularly, you save money and time. You won't be buying duplicates of items or find yourself running back to the grocery for that box you forgot. KNOW what you have and be prepared.
Pampering your pantry takes a little time and effort, but it's worth it to invest in some tools, some purging and some practice.
Put her tips into practice. Your pantry will be happy and your family will be too! You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
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