With a blizzard engulfing most of the East Coast I thought it would be a perfect time to share my tips on organizing your pantry. Not only is this a great thing to get done while you’re stuck inside but you might also discover some forgotten food you can whip up for a snow day treat! So, without further ado here are the golden rules of organizing your pantry:
- ZONES! The most annoying thing about a messy pantry is not being able to find what you are looking for. That is why is helps to zone out areas for each group of items (i.e. baking materials, canned good cereal). Label each zone and then place groceries in them as you are unpacking them.
- CONTAINERS! Transferring items to containers helps save space and can make it easier to see what you have. I like these because they are clear so it is easy to tell what’s inside, and they can go in the fridge and freezer as well.
- GROCERIES! Always check your pantry while making a grocery list to ensure you’re not buying things you already have. This way you prevent over-filling your pantry and wasting food. Also, when you open the last of an item add it to your grocery list right away. You should have one back up item for things you use infrequently like flour and sugar. For items you go through more quickly two or three is appropriate. However, having more than five replacements available for an item is excessive and unnecessary.