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How to Organize Your Pantry

Organized Pantry with Food Items Stored in Glass ContainersKeeping an organized pantry in your Leland rental home might be an enormous task for most. It is really important that you arrange things in an order that will allow you to keep things fresh and neat. To guarantee that your food supply is fresh and easy to access, pay attention to these simple pantry organization tips.

1. Create a System

Most people approach pantry organization with a relatively simple system: grouping similar items together. Good as it may be, you can also opt for other ways to organize a pantry! Think about grouping items that you often use together, such as pasta noodles, and sauce or baking essentials. This isn’t the only means to grouping a pantry, though.

Frequently used items can also be placed together in easy-to-reach spots. Another idea is to make zones or stations inside your pantry. You use these to group your items according to function, or used during the time of day. Examples of this might be a coffee station, a bin with after-school snacks, or a shelf for breakfast. You should be able to use any system to your advantage, as long as it mirrors your daily routines inside your own pantry.

2. Rotate Your Storage

Something that is often overlooked but is an important part of pantry organization is the rotation of food items. It’s a common scenario for food items to be forgotten or remain unnoticed for months. So that you don’t have to throw out expired food, come up with a first-in, first-out system for your pantry items. When restocking each shelf, place new items behind older items. Make it a point to check the expiration dates of your food items so that you can throw out the ones that are already expired. This will make it so that your pantry is always fresh.

3. Choose Proper Storage Containers

The best way to keep your food fresh is to store them properly. You don’t have to go for the more expensive containers, though. You can use the easily available ones so that your items are safely stored in your pantry. Other items that aren’t canned food will need to be transferred out of their original packaging and into a separate airtight container.

To ensure long-term freshness, decant flour and other grain-based food items by taking them out of the bags they come in and placing them in glass or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. The bags of flour, cake mix, and other similar items may be problematic because they can hide insect eggs or other problems. It’s best to transfer these items to another container. No one wants a pantry that’s infested by bugs.

When it comes to grouping pantry items, here are a few tips to guide you. Get to know the different foods that are not supposed to be stored close to each other. When you have both onions and potatoes in your pantry, make sure you separate them. If you don’t, the onions’ strong odor can permeate the potatoes and cause them to spoil faster.

Lastly, it’s important for you to choose storage containers that not only fit your pantry shelves but ones that provide convenient access to their contents. Even though a lot of people use mason jars for storing rice, because of its narrow mouth, scooping the rice can be challenging. When looking for containers, consider also the ones that are easy to label with different information about the item, as well as its expiration date. This is why it’s wise for you to consider removable labels, too — makes for convenient updating of the container and its contents.

4. Size Matters

Finally, when you organize your pantry, it’s wise to arrange smaller items like spice jars in a methodical manner, but don’t forget to leave room for bigger items, too! If you have access to smaller shelves or trays, you can use those to separate different items. If possible, create some taller spaces for cereal boxes, bottles, or other tall or oddly-shaped items.

Ultimately, with a bit of creativity and a few simple tips, you can turn your pantry into a well-organized storage space for food supplies that are consistently kept fresh and ready to use!

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