Any busy parent will tell you how important keeping things organized is to staying on top of everything you have to worry about. Knowing that having this organization is important is one thing, but actually making it happen, and keeping it that way, is a whole other thing. While it can be very daunting and overwhelming to start, following these steps can get you there and help you stay organized in one area that’s particularly important to the whole family: the pantry. Take some time to get your pantry organized the right way and see how much it simplifies things, especially when you’re running low on time and you need to keep everyone fed and happy.
Start From Zero
Let’s face it, everyone has things piled and shoved into every nook and cranny of the pantry. The best plan of action to to take everything out and go through it. Toss anything that’s expired (you’d be surprised how many things you’ve left in there for a while) and see how much space you’ll clear out right off the bat.
Get An Idea Of What’s There
Once you’re left with just the items that you actually need, use, and is within its expiration date, start to organize it all into categories. This way you can organize and keep track of your pantry staples and you’ll know more or less how to organize everything in accordance with its importance.
Group Things Together
This is the time to take those categories from before and start organizing things in the pantry by group. Tools like lazy susans, bins, and boxes can really help make a big difference here, so that you can group like things into one bin. This will help keep things from piling up and getting everything mixed up, which tends to make things much harder to find.
Choose Clear Containers
When deciding which bins, containers, and organizational tools you want to use in your pantry, using clear ones will be the best option. They will help keep everything look less cluttered and overwhelming, while also making it easier to see what is in each container. When you buy something in a bulky package, transfer it into a clear bin. It will make keeping track of what you have much simpler.
It might seem like a lot of work, but trust us, once the first round of label making is done, this will really be one of the biggest game changers in terms of keeping the pantry organized. This is especially true when more than one family member is using the pantry and re-filling containers. You can use printed labels or chalkboard labels if you think you want to update labels at a later time.