Despite your best intentions, sometimes having many hands grabbing for food each day can put your pantry in a state of disarray. But, no need to despair, getting your pantry back in ship-shape order might be easier than you think. Try out these top tips to spring clean your pantry.
5 top pantry organising tips
Make the first move
It may seem like a mammoth task, but the best way to clean out your pantry is by creating a completely spotless, clean slate on which you can start again. Take everything out and wipe down each shelf before you start replacing items. This is what spring cleaning is all about. It might be a good idea to clean out any storage baskets and containers while you’re there. If you’re particularly keen, you can also give those, oil or sauce bottles a quick wipe too.
Keep ingredients together
It can be easy to devise a list of categories based on the ingredients you use most in your home, but it’s a good idea to group similar items together to help keep track. You might like to arrange things in the following categories, for example: cans, pasta and grains/cereals, sauces, spreads, spices, baking goods, oils, teas and coffee and snacks. You might have other categories to include in your pantry, but this may work as a guide.
Consider what you use and how often
Take a good hard look at your items and assess whether these are actually provisions that are going to help you provide yourself with good food in the coming months. If you don’t think you will use something, put it aside. If you’ve got full bottles of untouched sauces, for example, check with fellow food-loving friends to see if they might use them (before throwing anything away). One cook’s trash could be another’s treasure! At the end, assess the pile.
Be sure to label and date things
With labelling and dating items you can keep track of what has entered your pantry and when. It’s very easy to end up with little unmarked bags of grains in the back of your pantry. Next time you restock or buy something new for your pantry, date and label it.
Use airtight containers
Placing items such as pasta, flour and other grains in containers not only makes everything look nicer and more uniform, but those dried goods will remain fresh for a longer period.