Organize Your Bucks County Kitchen!
Deep clean your pantry
A pantry, or lack thereof, could be one of the most important but overlooked spaces in your kitchen. Where do you store food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated? If you have a small space, you may have to make do with a single cabinet. Or maybe you have an expansive pantry filled with food. Whatever option you have, pantries can become overwhelmed and disorganized quickly as we stash food after shopping and don’t think about it again until we need those items. If you want to clean out your pantry and set it up for better access, try some of the following tips. Or better yet, bring in Closets for Less of Bucks County to create the perfect pantru for your kitchen!
Start with a deep clean
Remove everything, and we mean everything, from the shelves in your pantry. Before you begin going through the food, sweep the floor and the shelves and wipe down everything with your preferred cleaner. Get into the corners and every nook and cranny.
Properly store grains and pastas
Next, look at the grains and pastas you have on hand. Are they still in their original bags and boxes? If so, consider investing in airtight containers. Storing flour and other grains in these containers can keep the grains fresh and prevent pests from getting into your food storage.
Create a System for Small or Easily Lost Items
While you were pulling things out of the pantry, you probably found some items you didn’t know you had. Seasoning packets and soup mixes often get stuck behind other things. Take time to create a storage solution, such as a dedicated basket, for these small food items so they’re easy to find.
Invest in Organizational Structure
A lot of other organizational tools can help you keep your pantry sorted. For example, a spice rack is going to save you a lot of hassle trying to find the right spices when you need them. Provide bins for vegetables such as potatoes and onions that aren’t stored in the refrigerator.
Group Items Together
Now you can put things back. Take the time to group like items together rather than just throwing them back anywhere. Put breakfast foods together. Store cans and soups nearby. If you take the time to organize your food now, it’ll be easier to manage meal prep in the future.
Keeping your pantry clean and organized is not only good for your food, it’s good for your wallet. Knowing what you have stored will keep you from buying in duplicate and even triplicate and will keep items from expiring before you get to use them.
If you are lucky enough to have a walk-in pantry, let the experts at Closets for Less help you get it organized. Often, those metal shelves that usually come standard in pantries, just don’t do the job. First of all, they aren’t solid shelves so things will slip through and eventual just end up on the floor. They aren’t reliable or durable. Having a custom closet company come in and build solid shelving, drawers and even bins will help control your storage problem.