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How to Organize a Pantry – Tips & Tricks from Royal Craft Wood

Strategic food storage and organization is essential for any household, but it’s especially important in homes with small kitchens. When was the last time you looked through your pantry to find that elusive can or package? Or when did someone else tell you about their new discovery from last week—only to realize they’re long expired! If this sounds all too familiar then take a look at our pantry cleaning guide today so we can help get things organized again together.

When you are organized, it is easy to find what you need for a meal. You can save time and money by cooking up some great meals! Read & remember the following tips for pantry organizing from Royal Craft Wood (link).

Determine your sizes

Take a look at what you have to work with before getting started. There are many different dimensions and heights in every pantry, so it’s best if we can sketch out an accurate plan based on those details first!

What kinds of items do I need? How many shelves will fit atop one another (or how much space does each type take up)? Am I working inside someone else’s house where they’ve already installed cabinets/ Gujarati spice racks…whatever the case may be; make sure that your measurements match up accordingly because once these plans get drawn- there won’t be any turning back.

For items you use less frequently, such as holiday baking supplies or specialty appliances that are difficult to access due their height and location on a shelf near the floor of your kitchen.

Keep your everyday items at the ready with a few keystrokes. Olive oil, salt and coffee beans should be easy enough for you to grab without having too many steps in between them; keep these on hand so that all it takes is one tap of the fingers for everything needed can materialize right where they need to go!

Heavy and bulky items can remain at the bottom, so they don’t slip out of your hands and land on your foot. This will help to make the process easier for you.

If you have a lot of space between your shelves, you can fit bigger items, such as cereal boxes. If your pantry shelves are adjustable, set them up to match the containers you tend to buy.

Put similar items nearby 

To make it easy to find things, take a cue from your local grocery store and group similar items together. That way, when your eye lands on one item, you’ll know immediately what else is nearby.

Don’t pile up

When your pantry is too full, you’ll quickly become overwhelmed. Empty shelf space allows you to easily see what you have and to find what you need. If you prefer to buy items in bulk, set up a space in another area of your home to hold any extras. Then, move items to the pantry when necessary.

Keep everything closed 

If you are keeping food items in their original package, make sure that the container is well-sealed. Otherwise, the contents may spill or pests may be attracted to the food. Bag clips can be helpful for sealing things like chips and the inner bag of cereal boxes. This will help keep the food fresh and prevent it from spilling or being infested by pests.

Buy more bins & containers

If you’re looking to organize your pantry, take some bins with you (look there). Bins with handles are the easiest to grab and remove from a shelf, so they’re perfect for organizing your food.

Let you doors to help you

If you’re looking for one more way to quadruple your cabinet storage space, consider mounting racks on the insides of the doors. This can be an effective way to store additional food items like spices, food wraps like Saran or aluminum foil, or pot lids.

There are several types of racks that can be mounted on cabinet doors, including those that attach directly to the door, like these Joseph Joseph pan lid organizers, this mDesign Metal Hanging Shelf, or this full-length Jumbl Adjustable Shelf. There are also over-the-door styles that can be used, but these may cause your pantry door to remain open.

Organize deep shelves

If you have a deep pantry, it can be tricky to keep track of what’s back there. You may end up buying duplicates of products you already have, or spend extra time trying to locate things. 

To manage deep shelves, it is suggested installing a sliding rack like the G-Ting Cabinet Organizer, or a stacker such as the YouCopia ShelfSteps Organizer, which raises items so they’re visible. Clear bins mentioned above to help organize an especially deep space are also good.  

Pantries can be tricky to organize, but with a little direction and some helpful tips, you can have your pantry whipped into shape in no time. We’ve outlined some simple steps for you to follow as you get started on this organizational project. Follow these tips, and your pantry will be neat and tidy in no time!

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