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.