The New Year is here, the holidays are over, and it is time for a fresh start — not just for yourself, but for your home as well! I like to use this time of year to really clean out my home, de-clutter and make it function at its best. We are all running crazy and are too busy, so we need things in our home to be as efficient as possible.
The kitchen is a perfect place to jump start your organizing. Today I am adding functionality and organization to the pantry. Even if you do not have a full pantry, these tips will still help you make the most of whatever kitchen storage space you have and bring organization to a whole new level.
If you are like me, this is what your pantry looks like. I always have the best of intentions for keeping it neat and tidy. It’s often hard to even see what I have in there because food items are hidden. I need to do something about this!
My solution was purchase a selection of containers, bins, and baskets. This way I can sort things into categories. I will be able to slide food groupings out of the pantry to see what that I have. If you don’t want to buy containers like these, you can always make your own bins and boxes to store food. Adding labels or chalkboard paint to write the contents on them can be easily done. The appearance of the organizational tools is not as important as their function, but an eye-appealing arrangement is a plus.
Finding a way to make storage functional can be challenging. Putting all of the cans in a large basket allows me to pull it out, making it easier to look for a particular product. No more knocking down cans to reach the back of the shelf!
Because I have kids, I created a “child” shelf. This contains snacks, granola bars, and other food items that they eat most often. It’s helpful because they now have a designated shelf of choices when they want a snack. It also helps me when it comes time to pack their lunches. I have most of what I need for them on one shelf.
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