How To Organize Your Pantry On A Budget
It’s so much easier to keep track of your food in your pantry when it’s all organized so nicely and neat. But sometimes, life gets in the way, and the pantry can quickly turn into a hot mess! As experts in the field, we at Wendy’s Clutter Coaches want to help you cut down on your food costs by being organized with how your pantry is stocked up. This way, you will avoid wasting and overbuying supplies. This should only cost you around $50 to $500 and is a great investment to make in the long run.
1. Make a plan
When organizing, the first thing to always focus on is efficiency. When you start to organize your pantry, it is easy to travel down a rabbit hole. It’s really easy to get caught up in all of the different cute bins, baskets, and jars. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and start off by making a plan. Do not get caught up in purchasing every cute little thing because it can get spendy.
2. Remove expired items
Cleaning out forgotten, expired, mismatched, and flavorless items from your kitchen allow you to optimize storage in an organized manner. It also lets you thoroughly clean empty cabinet shelves and drawers before restocking them with fresh goods.
3. Place canned food on a lazy Susan for better label viewing
Once installed, a lazy Susan is a breeze to use. They have been customized in many ways to create more room and storage. You can stack food storage containers on top of each other, but the results can still be disorganized clutter. Using the rotating disc, you can organize all your canned food and other condiments in a way through which you can access them whenever you want by rotating the lazy Susan.
3. Depending on your budget, use plastic shoe boxes or fancy baskets to store food items
Clear plastic shoe boxes are very useful for holding fresh greens and vegetables, especially if you don’t have a functioning crisper drawer in your fridge (or if your crisper drawer is too full to take all the produce. They’re simple, affordable, stackable, come in a variety of sizes, and are very versatile. If you want to splurge a little, consider investing in fancy baskets to organize and store your food in.
4. Place a list of items that are hard to see on the inside of the pantry door
There are MANY reasons why keeping a pantry inventory list helps. Mainly, it helps you easily plan. It helps you from running out of some staple ingredients. It also helps you from stockpiling items you don’t need and saves you from spending money you do not want to spend.
Lastly, it ensures that you eat the food you already have on hand before it expires.
5. Plan meals around existing food inventory to avoid waste
Look at your inventory sheet. What items need to be used up first? Start with your fridge because that’s where things are most likely going to go bad the quickest. When you determine items that need to be used up, look at dinner ideas online to see if there are some meals that would use those ingredients up. You can actually search for the ingredients you have, and it will find recipes that include them! Genius!
6. Keep like items together
This may seem obvious, but it is an important tip to remember. Organize food groups together. Keep spices, cooking oils, sweet snacks, salty snacks, broths, condiments, cereals, etc., in groups of similar items. Another way to organize items in your pantry is by meal type. Have separate zones for breakfast foods, lunch foods, and dinner foods. You can also have a separate spot for baking supplies and snacks.
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Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties, reach out to us at Wendy’s Clutter Coaches. Life happens. We are busy taking care of our families, working, etc. Items accumulate in our homes and offices, and sometimes it becomes overwhelming. I’m Wendy Marquard-Picard, Certified Life Coach, Professional Organizer, and Author. My family and I have grown a company built on skill, trust, and respect. I approach every project in a non-judgmental and understanding way. I use my life coaching skills to get to the root of any cluttering challenges and work at your pace to create a level of comfort every step of the way.
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