White & Birch Elfa Decor Pantry from The Container Store.
Getting organized and staying that way is possible, even though it doesn't always seem that way. When your pantry is a jumbled mess, finding what you need can take just as long as cooking it. Straightening up your pantry can save you from a kitchen organizing headache! Keep even the tiniest pantry easily accessible and clutter-free with these below tips and space-saving ideas.
Tip 1: Don't Overstock
When working in a client's pantry, we often find - in the deep corner of a shelf - food from a previous decade. The key to avoiding this fate is to keep your pantry full of stuff you need, nothing you don't.
First, take everything out and lay it out on your kitchen table or counter. Start grouping items in categories that make sense to you. Place all the pasta together, all snacks together or all the baking ingredients together. Toss anything that is expired and start a donate bag for items you know you will never eat. Ten cans of black beans, anyone?
Tip 2: Contain It
Once you are done sorting and purging it's time to containerize. You don't necessarily need to buy more stuff to get organized, but when it comes to the pantry, storage is key. I love recycling and upcycling items to reduce our environmental impact, often once all of the stuff my clients don't need is gone, the storage they have is sufficient. However, if you do need new ways to corral the stuff in your pantry, consider using pantry containers like these Omaha Steel Mesh Bins or plastic InterDesign bins. Add some labels and you're done!
White Omaha Steel Stackable Bins from The Container Store.
Tip 3: Consider Your Shelving
Adjustable shelves are a must for any storage space, especially smaller ones. If you decide to install a new shelving system, you have plenty of options. The Container Store's Elfa system is my go-to for pantry shelving. It's adjustable, affordable and looks great. Remember when planning your shelving, put infrequently used items on the highest and lowest shelves, and place the items you use most at arms reach. Simple add-ons like this Elfa Utility Wall/Door Rack also give you extra space.
Elfa Utility Door/Wall Rack from The Container Store.
There are so many ways to upgrade your pantry storage, but consistently purging its contents will keep it on track in the future. If you're in the Bay Area and don't have the time to take on a pantry makeover, contact PICK IT UP and start loving your space again!
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