Today we are excited to share some basic details on how to declutter and organize a pantry.
SO Join us! and Embrace your space and love what you have now!
1. IDENTIFY YOUR SPACE
Decide what you’d like your space to be utilized for.
The main goal for this pantry was to utilize it as a weekly rotation and an easy grab for those often used items. Now the pantry will assist with weekly meal planning.
Want to hear a big tip?? wait for it…
IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM.
This pantry was used as the same purpose as the storage room and not complimenting each other.
Most commonly we have items misplaced, that make more sense to be stored in another location. Assess which areas coincide with that area.
2. EMPTY SPACE COMPLETELY
The best way to fully take a look at what you have, is to completely empty out the space.
We don’t suggest trying to maximize your space with items still in it.
Recruit a friend or your kids. An extra hand is nice when completely emptying out your space.
3. IDENTIFY and SIMPLIFY
Separate all like items into categories.
Pick out items that are hogging up space that can possibly be moved to a different location.
(i.e. crockpot, rice cooker, washcloths and placemats.)
Purge items you won’t use or don’t like.
Ask yourself these questions:
“How often do I use these items or rotate through them?”
“Are the items old?”
Are they expired?
“Are they broken?”
“Do I like these items?”
“Do I use these items?”
Donate, sell or throw them away.
4. CONDENSE ITEMS
Combine and condense any duplicates.
A great way to condense in small spaces is to combine items and even get rid of packaging.
We liked this concept of just simply taping the directions right on the container itself.
You may have some containers, shelves or jars already at home, if not, shop around for items that may work best in your space.
Here’s some of our suggestions. (link in new pantry post)
5. PUT ITEMS IN PLACE
Place items as they make sense for use. For example, expired in front, or lighter items on top.
Size of containers may have a play in where items should be placed.
We choose to put like items together. A simple, uniform look so items are an easy reach.
Lastly, a few bonus tips…
a. Be okay to switch things around if they don’t make sense or if its not quite maximizing your space.
b. Be cautious of old habits of not putting things away or not purging often.
c. Set rules for yourself and share that with your family so you are all on the same page.
d. Labeling your containers with a Label Maker.
Now… What’s for dinner!?