Written by guest blogger and author of The Clutter Diet, Lorie Marrero
With the holidays only a few short weeks away, it’s important to be ready for guests, big family gatherings and holiday projects.
The key to almost any organizing project is visibility, because you can’t use it if you don’t know you have it. To gain visibility, first sort your pantry items into categories and group them together on your shelves. Here are some common categories for sorting your pantry items:
- Baking Mixes
- Beans & Rice
- Bread & Buns
- Canned Beans
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Tomatoes
- Canned Vegetables
- Dried Fruit & Nuts
- Flour & Sugar
- Jams & Jellies
- Syrup & Honey
Throw out anything that is stale or that you have not used in the last 6 months such as gift basket leftover, old Halloween and Valentine’s Day candy and anything else hiding in the back of your shelves. Discard excess packaging on bulk items like paper towels so you can easily grab items.
Use baskets or bins as drawers. You can get baskets that are the depth of the shelf, load them up, and then pull them out like a drawer to get things in and out. Small items like individual oatmeal packets, snack bars and boxes of raisins are better stored in bins to corral them effectively. ClosetMaid’s Cubeicals Fabric Drawers are perfect for storing pantry items. Wire baskets and drawer kits are also great additions to your pantry for extra organization.
There’s more to a kitchen than pantries! Along with pantries, refrigerators can also be organized. The main issue with organizing refrigerators and pantries is maintenance. You need to make sure that there is no spoiled food that will get smelly or make people sick and you've got to make room for the new stuff to come in. The easiest way to maintain the fridge is to “hook your habit” to the day before your trash is picked up. This way any spoiling food will get thrown out and taken away.
Seeing what you have means that menu planning, grocery list making, and cooking are all easier. And it’s easier to carve a pumpkin, make Christmas candy, or cook that turkey and dressing when you have a streamlined space in which to work. Enjoy your new kitchen this season!
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