Kitchen Clean-Up, Part 2: Tips for organizing your pantry and cupboards
By Brittany Anas
A clean, organized kitchen is a happy kitchen.
Just in time for the New Year — when resolutions like eating better and getting organized reign supreme — we’re sharing ideas and strategies for maintaining an organized kitchen. (Read here on how to sanitize and organize your refrigerator).
If you ever open up your kitchen pantry or cabinets and think you have nothing to eat, it could just be that your snacks and canned goods are hiding out in those unorganized shelves. Here’s a few tips to organize your cabinets — so that everything is easy to find.
- Get a spice rack: Not only will it make it much easier when you’re looking for spices that a recipe calls for, a spice rack will also save space in your pantry. Also, you’ll save time when you’re making your grocery lists because you’ll be able to easily check what spices you have on hand — and which ones you need to pick up. (Money-saving tip: If a recipe calls for an uncommon or rare spice, check out the Savory Spice Shop online where you can buy spices by the ounce). This Stainless Steel 20-Jar Spice Rack comes on a lazy Susan base making it easy to find spices quickly. (Pictured).
- Stack cans on a turnabout table or a stackable cabinet organizers: Make the most out of vertical space in a pantry by storing cans on a turnabout table or on a cabinet organizer.
- Group items together: Ultimately, you’ll want to find a system that works best for your. But we like the idea of grouping different meal types together. Keep breakfast items — like breakfast bars, oatmeal packages and cereals — together in one area of the pantry. Let after-school snacks be corralled together in another area. Group soups together; pastas near one another and grains with one another.
- Over-the-door hanger: Make the most of your space by using an over-the-door hanger (pictured) to stash aluminum foil, kitchen wraps and other like items so that you can free up some drawer space.
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