Mission: When’s the last time you organized your pantry? Wait. I probably don’t want to know. Every time I opened up the pantry to get something, I cringed. There was coffee grounds that were spilled probably two-three months prior and other weird substances on the shelves.
Your mission today is to tackle the pantry. For many this is a big task. If you are busy, take it one shelf at a time. I suggest having some boxes close by too to make sorting easier.
Here’s the To-Do List:
- Trash anything expired or that has creepy crawlies (My whole thing of rice, yuck!)
- Put foods that you do not like or do not want (that are not expired) in a box for donation. Make sure to actually donate the box within the week.
- Group like items together. For example, put all of your noodles together and all of your breadmaking or cookie making ingredients together. Use baskets (I used a few from the 99-Cent Store) to help keep items together. This will make it a breeze to pull out what you need and put it back.
- If you have food storage containers, put them to use. Store your dried beans, rice, and noodles. It is probably wise to label them which I still need to do.
- Wipe down the shelves and vacuum if needed.
- Arrange items in a way that makes them easy to get to and use. Since I am 5’2, all the food I need is eye-level, and my appliances are easier to get to.
How Did I Do?
Finally a picture! I have been meaning to take before and after pictures, but you know how it goes. You get the momentum going and don’t want to stop to snap a photo. That’s what happened with cleaning the pantry; I forgot to take a before photo. Just imagine everything all over the place, every shelf full. And after – I had a whole shelf for something else. Who knows what will go there now. Here are the changes:
- Threw out any expired items. Thankfully only a few.
- Grouped like items together, such as all the pastas and all the baking supplies.
- Moved kitchen appliances that I use regularly from the very top shelf to the second to last shelf. This will help me get them done and use them even more than I already do.
- Transferred open bag items and other pantry staples to plastic containers and glass jars. I would like to have a few more containers, but for now it works.
- Vacuumed and wiped down the shelves. Who knew they could get so gross?!
As I stood back to admire my handiwork, I felt so FREE! When things are organized, it is as if your brain kind of lets go of a little stress. Do you see my cute little helper in the bottom right corner? She is into everything, but it just motivates me to clean faster.
How did you do? Share your pictures and blog posts with me so I can brag about you tomorrow.