The kitchen is perhaps the most important room in the house. It’s the place where you prepare your daily meals, spend time with your family and friends, and maybe even eat together. The kitchen is also notorious for its ability to get cluttered. Having a well-built pantry is just the start. Here are some tips on how best to organize your pantry.
Organize By Category
Keep foods of the same type together on the shelves. For example, you can keep fresh produce in baskets in the same vicinity. However, do not store onions and potatoes together, or else they will spoil faster. You can also place dry foods like pasta and rice together, and baking goods like sugar, flour, yeast, etc. in another place. Snacks and on-the-go food items can go on a shelf that is easy to reach.
Organize By Weight
It is safer to keep heavier objects on the bottom shelves and lighter objects on the top. The slow cooker and like appliances plus bulk items may do best to go down there.
Organize By Dish
Another way to keep things easy to access is to arrange items according to the types of meals they make. If you like to cook ethnic dishes, for example, keeping the different sauces, spices, and such on one side may help make finding them swifter.
Keep It Clear
It’s always easier to remember what is in your pantry (or refrigerator, for that matter) when you can see what is there. Clear containers make a world of difference. Labeling your different food categories is also a fantastic idea, whether your food is contained in a clear or solid box or basket.
Make Use of Corners
In the kitchen, maximizing space is always crucial. Install single and tiered turntables within the corner spaces.
Keep It Fresh
Always put the items with the shorter expiration date up front and the others to the back. Check perishable goods regularly and discard any that are starting to go bad. This will save you space and money.
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