Cleaning and organizing your pantry
Storage space is a crucial aspect of every home as it eliminates clutter and helps to keep your home neat and organized. But if you don’t use your storage spaces wisely, it can do the exact opposite – make your home feel messy and cluttered.
Your kitchen pantry is one of those storage spaces which can be a nightmare to navigate if you do not organize it properly. It may be difficult to find the items you need when you need it, you may be wasting much-needed space and you may actually be wasting money. Yes, organizing your pantry can help you cut back on wasted food and save money in the long run. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you organize your pantry and maximize your food storage space.
The first thing you should do when you’ve decided to re-organize your pantry is to perform a thorough cleaning. Clear the shelves and remove everything so you can properly clean the space. This will also allow you to get a full look at the space you are working with as well as all the items you need to repack when you are finished cleaning.
Because your pantry is a space where you store food items, you do not want to use any harsh chemical cleaners here. Instead, use an all-natural solution of baking soda and warm water to wipe down the shelves. This solution will also act as a deodorizer, absorbing and neutralizing any unpleasant or musty odours. If you have strong odours in your pantry that you want to get rid of, you can clean using vinegar to wipe down the walls and shelves. Vinegar is another natural deodorizer that can get rid of cooking smells. You can leave a small bowl of vinegar in the pantry overnight to eliminate pungent odours.
You may also use simple soap and water to wipe down your shelves and remove any sticky residue from food items. Be sure to wipe down with a dry cloth or paper towel afterwards. Before repacking your pantry, you may want to cover each shelf with shelf-liners which would not only protect your shelves from stains and spills but will also make future cleaning much easier as all you will have to do is remove the liner and replace it.
Once your pantry is completely clean and empty and the contents are laid out before you, you can begin to organize. Firstly, check the dates on your products and throw away any expired items. Do not repack items you are not likely to use. Consider giving them away instead. This will ensure that you do not have unnecessary items in your pantry that would eventually go to waste, while also clearing space for more of the items you do use.
Next, you should group similar items together. Spices will go into one group, baking items in another and so on. Laying your items out this way will make finding items in your pantry much easier. Once you have the items in their groups, it’s time to begin repacking your pantry.