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Organization Tips for your Pantry using storage glass containers and baskets to keep your Pantry organized and add beauty. I am going to share how I got my mini Pantry organized.
A few months ago, I shared a post on 8 tips on organization Motivation. I shared how I organized my pie cabinet in that post, also known as my mini Pantry. In addition, I share how we use it & keep it organized. I used items such as Tupperware containers, baskets & bins to keep our Pantry organized and look pretty. With this mini pantry organization, I am sharing Organization Tips for your Pantry using new glass containers & a wicker basket to add functionality and beauty!
We have a small pie cabinet as a mini pantry in our kitchen. Because of its size, there can be challenges. We have to be mindful of how much we purchase as we have very little space to work with.
I had been wanting to move the pie cabinet in the kitchen. I am so glad we did. The top of the cabinet stores many large mason jars with dry goods daily for easy access, making it so much easier when preparing meals.
Please note that I am sharing how I organize the pie cabinet we use as a small pantry. This does not hold all our food, such as spices, seasoning packets, drink mixes, etc.
It became apparent that the Pantry needed to be reorganized. I had always wanted large glass storage containers with flip lids for storing food such as snacks, pasta &, etc. when we had the budget. Fast forward, I received a gift card for Christmas. I took advantage to get the containers I so desired for my cabinet.
I emptied the cabinet & started all over by reorganizing & using the new glass containers. This made it easy to see precisely what we had before our next grocery haul.
How to organize & stay organized with these Organization Tips for your Pantry!
- Take everything out of the Pantry.
- Create piles. Separate to like items. This will make it easier to see what you have.
- Create Four Piles. Trash/Donation/Recycle/Keep
- Check for expiration dates.
- If you are not using the item, get rid of it.
- Utilized every inch of space. For example, we have a drawer at the bottom of the pie cabinet where we store granola bars & packages of ramen noodles.
- Once you have sorted through all the items. Put like items together. Ex: Pasta, cereal, can goods & so on. You get the idea!
- Take 10 minutes a day to tidy up your Pantry. Doing this will save you hours in the long run and help keep your Pantry organized and you exactly what you have.
- Get rid of unnecessary packaging. Using bag clips are great for sealing bags of cereal. After grocery shopping, we remove the cereal boxes & just store the bags of cereal in a wicker basket in the Pantry.
- Use canisters for storing dry goods. They are an excellent investment that will keep your dry goods fresh and lock out any moisture.
- Measure before you shop for accessories for your Pantry!
- Mason jars are an excellent idea for storing grains, breading, popcorn, sugar, coffee, lentils, cornmeal, beans, etc.
How to choose your containers!
The first thing is to measure your space. My pie cabinet is not huge. However, baskets, bins & containers work well for any space! You will need the width (W), length (L), depth (D) of the space, and the height (H) in between shelves to decide how many containers you will need or fit. Taking the time to measure will save time and money with returns.
We have quite a bit of cereal that we go through weekly, so it made sense for our clan to remove the box but keep the cereal in the bag. We use clips to seal the bag.
Tip: Check out thrift stores for baskets. They are so much cheaper than your average store.
Glass Storage Containers with Flip Lids
They are perfect for snacks, pasta, rice & hot cereal (Grits & Oatmeal) to keep fresh.
Label your Containers!
- Ball Jar Labels are a great option. They wash off easily with soap & water.
- Another option is to use sticky paper on one side to make my labels. I cut a section & write the item on it, then peel & stick. Note: these do not wash off quickly, but if you reuse the containers, there is no need to remove the label. Check out a recent post for a hack for removing adhesive from glass.
- You can also use a sharpie. It easily washes off on glass.
- It certainly changed how my clan was able to function with an organized pantry daily.
I hope this inspires you to organize your Pantry to make your kitchen more functional!
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