Simple steps to organise your pantry

Ready for the pantry of your dreams? Good news — it’s not as tough as you think it is! You don’t need fancy cabinets or expensive organisation systems to have an efficient kitchen. Here are some easy tips for organising your pantry so it is always looking clean and clutter free

Step 1 | Remove everything

Take everything out of the pantry – you must start with a blank slate. Wipe down the shelves and adjust as necessary.

Step 2 | Discard

Get rid of food that has gone off or is well past its use-by date

Step 3 | Arrange like with like

Group similar items together into categories, such as baking or pasta, spices, spreads etc.

Step 4 | Containers & labels

Remove food from its package and put it into stackable see-through containers and label. Labelling your containers not only looks good, but it also makes it easier to see what you have at a glance. Not only will you be able to increase your storage, but you will also be able to quickly determine when it is time to add something to your shopping list.

Choosing the right type of container:

- Square shaped containers take up less room in your cupboards because they use all of the available space.

- Transparent containers let you easily see when you’re running low on supplies.

- Over time, containers made from certain plastics can absorb food odours so those made from stainless steel or glass may be preferred.

- Containers should have an airtight seal.

- The opening of the container should be large enough allow you to easily scoop or pour the contents.

Step 5 | Rehome

Put your food items back into the pantry, keeping in mind that the foods you use the most need to be the most accessible. Divide your pantry into zones so you can find everything easily - baking, sides, snacks, canned goods, sauces, spices etc

TIPS

Don’t forget the directions: Using separate containers is excellent but getting rid of old packaging means losing the instructions. Always cut out the directions from the package and tape them to the top of the container, so you will still know how to prepare the food.

Remember first-in, first-out. When you buy a new package of something you already have in your pantry, don’t add it to the container you already have. Put the fresh food in its own container and place it behind the older one. Make sure to label the item and include its expiration date, so you will never throw out perfectly safe food ever again.