Is your kitchen pantry made up of a disorganized mess and attracting pests?
Or… are you wasting precious time and money throwing away expired sauces and dry goods?
Follow these 4 easy-to-follow organizing rules to get yourself on track to a tidy kitchen pantry you can be proud of to show off!
1. Plan and categorise
Yes, organizing requires planning. Planning out how to group your items and exactly where to store them are important steps to an organized pantry.
Start first by looking through what you currently have in your pantry. Then, form a rough idea on how you want to categorise them. Draw or write it out on a piece of paper to keep yourself reminded as you start organizing.
Here are some pantry categories ideas to get you started –
- Daily cooking condiments (e.g salt, sugar, oil, soya sauce, pepper)
- Less frequently used condiments and sauces
- Herbs and spices
- Dry goods (For cooking, for baking)
- Canned food
- Fresh produce (e.g garlic, onions)
After categorising, think of the placement of each category of items.
Would they be stored on your kitchen countertop or inside the upper/lower cabinets?
2. Store in containers/jars and baskets
Rather than storing them in their original flimsy packaging and then using a rubber band to secure open ends, transfer them into reusable airtight containers.
Depending on what you are storing, choose from a range of organizers to use
Here’s a storage tip when storing honey jars. We know, honey drips and sticky spots on the outside are common. Worst still, this attracts an army of ants.
Fill a shallow plate with some water and place your honey jars on them. This effective way stops ants from finding their way up!
Note: Remember to replenish/ replace the water at least once a week.
3. Label for easy viewing
Know what’s in the container, jar or basket at a glance just by labelling your containers.
Stop playing the guessing game with your types of flour, or sticking your finger into your condiment holder to test if it is sugar or salt.
If you need a little help to get started with labelling, our Pantry Sticker Labels are here to help. Be able to write the purchase and expiry date of the items directly on the labels too!
4. Clean your pantry every 3 months
To maintain a clean and organized pantry, being consistent in cleaning is necessary.
Clean up accidental spills, traces of pepper, sugar in your kitchen pantry and of course, ensure that there are no expired goods on your pantry.
Do not wait until it is the spring cleaning season to get started! Consistency is key.
Also read on StyleMag: 10 Best Decluttering & Tidying Lessons From Marie Kondo’s Netflix Series
With these 4 organizing rules, it is time to KonMari your pantry and achieve a beautifully neat pantry you have always dreamt of!
Do share with us your final Instagram-worthy kitchen pantry look on Instagram by tagging us (@style_degree) 🙂