Pantries to Live for

 No matter how big or small your pantry is, it should ONLY be used for food storage and food related items.

 Find a different storage solution for garbage and recycle receptacles, paper and plastic sacks, cleaning supplies and tools, etc.

 Buy in smaller amounts; if you buy in large quantities (i.e., Costco, Sam’s Club), try to share the purchase with someone and make sure you have ample appropriate long-term storage.

 Add extra shelving if you can, or risers to accommodate everything visibly.

 Go through your pantry every three months and check for expiration dates. This also is a great reminder of what you have stored away.

 Designate shelf space. For example:

  • Breakfast items
  • Canned/preserved fruits and vegetables
  • Dry goods
  • Drinks (could include coffee/tea)
  • Snack items
  • Use see-through containers with lids to consolidate smaller packages, arrange by use.

 Label shelves so everyone in the household knows where items live.

 Use high shelves for cooking pots, pans, and skillets you rarely use.

 If you have to house pots and skillets in your pantry use a shelf at the height of your waist.

 If you keep lesser used spices and condiments in your pantry, group them with your oils and vinegars.

 Pantries often have a larger space below the bottom shelf. Try not to overcrowd this space so that it won’t inhibit stepping up to the shelves. Pet food containers can be kept there.

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