So many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthy. For the most part that has to start with organization. For me, if my pantry is a mess I don’t eat very healthy. However, by making just a few changes it makes all the difference. Here are some ideas to get your pantry in order and set you up to succeed on your resolutions. (Supply list at bottom.)
1 Start by throwing out everything that is expired
Pull everything out of the pantry and check the expiration date on EVERYTHING. Even most spices have an expiration date. This will clear up some space and make it easier to organize.
2 Line your shelves with clear contact paper
After clearing and wiping down the shelves, apply contact paper. The clear peel and stick kind works the best. This will make them easier to wipe down quickly and keep them fresh looking.
3 Put like items together
Baskets and bins work great for keeping like items together and make it easier to find things as well as move things around when needed.
4 Use risers or shelf baskets where needed
Having things on different levels make them easier to see and when which means they are less likely to get over looked. The risers work great for spices and canned goods and the shelf baskets are fantastic for bread products.
5 Put the healthiest food choices at eye level
Research shows that we eat more of the things that we see at first glance and are easily accessible. Put junk food or items you would like to eat less of on higher or lower shelves.
6 Put bulky or large items in closed baskets
Put large utensil type items that wont fit in your cabinets in large baskets on the floor. This keeps them handy but you don’t have to look at them all the time. If you need to store other items on the floor try to put them in containers as much as possible so that they are easier to move and clean the floor.
7 Make things visually appealing
Repurposing other items works great. I use a large heavy mixing bowl that was my grandmother’s as a great container for holding baking supplies. If you have space even purely decorative items are nice. When spaces are pretty I have more of a tendency to keep them organized. If you have a tiny pantry this may be a bit more challenging but even having baskets all the same color and labeled will go a long way to making it more appealing. You can use spray paint to make all of your containers match.
8 Label your containers
This will help with the appeal factor as well as making it easy to maintain and making it easier for others to put things where they belong. And we all need help with that right? These little chalkboard signs work very well. You can write on them with chalk or use decals as I have done here. These decals can also be used directly on your canisters if they are smooth.
9 Keep a step stool close by
If you are short like me this comes in really handy! You can use a fold up one that you can tuck in below the bottom shelf if you are limited on space, or a painted wood one if you have the space for it is a nice addition and makes a great spot to set bags while you are unloading groceries.
Here is a quick video tour of my pantry. Pantry Tour
Wishing you happy organizing and much success on your resolutions!
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