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How to Organize Your Pantry

Organized Pantry with Food Items Stored in Glass ContainersKeeping an organized pantry in your Dawsonville rental home can be quite a challenge for most of us. It’s key for you to determine where things should go so that you will know how to keep things fresh and neat, too. To be sure that your food supply is fresh and easy to access, here are a few simple pantry organization tips.

1. Create a System

Most people approach pantry organization with a relatively simple system: grouping similar items together. Good as it may be, you can also opt for other ways to organize a pantry! Think about grouping items that you often use together, such as pasta noodles, and sauce or baking essentials. But, you can go with different options for grouping your pantry.

Consider taking all your frequently used items and stashing them together in an easy-to-reach spot. Also, you can designate zones or stations in your pantry, grouping food items by function or the time of day you will usually use them. Examples of this might be a coffee station, a bin with after-school snacks, or a shelf for breakfast. While these are good suggestions, you are free to choose and use any system, so long as it aligns with your routines in your pantry.

2. Rotate Your Storage

Pantry organization should involve regular rotation of your food items. This is often overlooked by a lot of homeowners. It’s a common scenario for food items to be forgotten or remain unnoticed for months. So that you don’t have to deal with expired food, you can come up with a first-in, fist-out system for your pantry. When restocking each shelf, place new items behind older items. Make sure to always check the expiration dates and set aside any of those that are already expired. This will make it so that your pantry is always fresh.

3. Choose Proper Storage Containers

Storage containers don’t have to be expensive, at all. The most important thing to make sure of is that your items are sorted and stored properly in your pantry. Not all of your items will be canned food — others will have to be removed from packaging and stored in other airtight containers in order to keep them as fresh as possible.

To ensure long-term freshness, decant flour and other grain-based food items by taking them out of the bags they come in and placing them in glass or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. The bags of flour, cake mix, and other similar items may be problematic because they can hide insect eggs or other problems. It’s best to transfer these items to another container. No one wants a pantry that’s infested by bugs.

Remember these simple tricks when grouping your pantry items. Get to know the different foods that are not supposed to be stored close to each other. When you have both onions and potatoes in your pantry, make sure you separate them. If you don’t, the onions’ strong odor can permeate the potatoes and cause them to spoil faster.

Finally, look for storage containers that not only fit snugly in your shelves but ones that give you easy access to the contents. When it comes to storing rice, for example, mason jars are the usual choice for many. However, because of its narrow mouth, scooping the contents is difficult. Choose containers that are easy to label, too. You can label the container with the name of the content, as well as the content’s expiration date. You can go for removable labels so that each of your containers can easily be updated every now and then.

4. Size Matters

Finally, in your attempt to organize your pantry, while you make space for smaller items like spice jars, don’t forget to leave room for bigger items, as well. If you have access to smaller shelves or trays, you can use those to separate different items. If possible, create some taller spaces for cereal boxes, bottles, or other tall or oddly-shaped items.

Ultimately, with a bit of effort and a whole bunch of tips, you can transform your ordinary pantry into one that’s organized and designed to keep the food supply fresh!

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