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An Organized Pantry
By Monica Resinger
One night I was making burritos for dinner. I went to grab refried beans out
of the pantry and couldn't find any. Later, while cleaning out the pantry, I
found some. If the pantry had been organized to begin with, I would have been
able to find the refried beans and save my husband a trip to the neighborhood
store, saved money as refried beans at the neighborhood store are not cheap and
lots of frustration. Another problem with a cluttered, unorganized pantry is
waste. I found spilled flour, noodles, Jello and cornmeal packages. So, in an
effort to improve myself and knowing what I had done in the past wasn't
working, I put some thought into how I could create a better system. Here's
came up with:
Assign a Home for Each Item
Assign a home to each different type of item. For example, have one shelf for
cereals, another for canned foods, another for spices and another for
prepared boxed meals such as macaroni and cheese. If you have to, you can split
shelf for two different foods. Be sure to keep multiples of foods together so
you can see at a glance how much of something you have.
Get Rid of Dead Space
Make sure your shelves don't have too much âdead space'. Dead space is unused
space which is usually found above what you are storing. For example, when I
was putting my canned food away on the canned food shelf, I noticed I couldn't
stack two regular sized (about 15 oz.) cans one on top of another, but there
was a lot of empty space above the cans (dead space). So I adjusted the shelf
up a couple of inches so now I have room to stack two regular size cans and
there is less dead space. This made a tremendous difference--I could now get
canned foods onto this shelf rather than have them scattered throughout the
Find canisters or other holders for noodles, flour, sugar, rice, popcorn or
other food that comes in plastic or paper bags. I used to store the opened bag
of rice (or other plastic or paper bagged food) right in the opened bag
(closed with a twist-tie) which always lead to spills. Now I use canisters,
coffee cans, glass jars, and other containers to hold these items for no mess.
If you use pretty glass jars (which you can find at thrift stores), you can
store noodles, rice, split peas or other attractive food in them and display on
your counter to save pantry space. Finally, put taller items in the back. This
makes finding things easier.
The effort you put into organizing your pantry can be very rewarding. It will
save you time, frustration and money. It is so nice to be able to open the
door and see everything organized (or just being able to see everything without
a can falling on your head or toes).
About the Author: Monica Resinger is the creator of 'Homemaker's Journal
E-Publications' where you will find many fun and informative home and garden
related e-books, tip sheets and how to sign up for her FREE home and garden
newsletter! Click here to visit: http://homemakersjournal.com/
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