As you prepare for family dinners this holiday season, you may spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking. Pantries can quickly become cluttered and disorganized, so it is a good practice to declutter your pantry before the holidays. During the process, you may come across food that can be donated to a local food pantry or charity and help others during this season of giving.
Simple tips on decluttering and organizing a kitchen pantry:
- Check the expiration dates on all items, discard expired food.
If you come across items that haven’t expired, but you will never use by the expiration date, donate those items.
- Place items in the pantry by category such as canned goods, baking supplies or snacks.
- Containerize like items together using baskets, bins or tupperware containers.
- Use labels on bins or on shelves.
- Create storage behind the pantry door with an over the door rack or hanging pocket shoe organizer.
- Include a folding step ladder to reach the highest shelves.
- Use shelf liners to prevent items from falling or dripping below.
- Try wall mounted spice racks or tiered storage for spices.
- Tiered can storage or can dispensers works well for canned goods.
- Consider taking pre-wrapped snacks out of the packages & placing them in baskets or bins to make them easier to access.
- Store items rarely used such as excess cookware and bakeware or seasonal items on the higher shelves.
- If the pantry is too dim, add or change the lighting.
- Try to store cleaning supplies separate from food, perhaps under the kitchen sink, or in a utility closet or laundry room.
- Make items accessible to those who need them, such as placing after school snacks on a lower shelf within children’s reach.