The key to a decluttered kitchen starts with pantry organization – but tackling shelf upon shelf of cans, boxes and bags of food can be daunting.
Professional organizer Erin Kelly says her company, Chicago-based Arranged by Erin, frequently gets calls from homeowners looking for help with their out-of-control pantry cabinets.
Here are a few pointers:
When it comes to organizing the pantry, grouping similar items together is critical. Make one section for pasta, one for canned fruits, one for vegetables, one for spices and so on, Kelly advises.
Grouping items by category will help you cut down your cooking time by eliminating the need to hunt through the pantry for a certain item.
Save money with storage
Creative storage options won’t just keep your pantry cabinet neat – they can also save you money.
People wind up buying duplicates of items because they can’t see what they’ve got, Kelly says.
Clear storage containers are perfect for storing items like spices, packets and pastas, Kelly says. Plastic stair-stepper organizers are good for storing items like canned goods, making it easy to see what’s there, she adds. Stackable shelving and wire baskets can also help.
Once you can see what you have, you can make a running list of what’s in stock and what needs to be added to your weekly shopping list.