Your pantry should be cleaned out every six months. It gives you a chance to eliminate anything that is expired. It will also force you to use what you have, so the inventory doesn’t get stagnant.
Follow these 10 Steps for an Organized Pantry.
1. Have the trash can handy and begin emptying the shelves onto the kitchen counter.
2. Check expiration dates and toss anything with an old date. Also eliminate anything that is open and been around for a while, like boxes of crackers.
3. Make a list of what you toss so you can replace it.
4. If you have a lot of the same products, fill a bag with the extra to take to your local food bank.
5. It’s time to make it shine! Vacuum, then wipe down the inside of the pantry cabinet. Let it dry.
6. Contain all loose items, like instant oatmeal packets or spice mixes into small bins or boxes. This will keep them from getting lost.
7. Sort items into “like”groups; soups, pasta, cereal, etc.
8. It’s time to reload. Focus on making things accessible and easy to find, with like-items together.
9. Consider placing light items on the top shelves; paper towels, cereal, etc. to guard against falling accidents. Place kid-friendly items on a lower shelf, so they can help themselves.
10. Don’t forget to use the back of the door. There are all kind of storage options that will store spice jars or can goods on the door for extra storage.
Stand back and enjoy your efforts. A clean and organized pantry!