1. Make Use of All Your Space, don't forget to think vertically. All your shelves have a height, and your job is to use as much of that height as you need/can. There are lots of way to do this
|Stair-Step Shelf, often used for canned goods, but can be used for other smallish containers like my baking corner here|
|Shelf Dividers: This can divide a taller shelf into two so you can stack things higher and still access the bottom things easily|
|Here I used an under-the-shelf organizer to store extra rolls of paper towels|
2. Sort Like With Like. Seems like a no brainer, but a lot of us have scattered pantries. There is no one right wait to sort pantries, every person;s brain think a little differently, and whichever way you process things is just fine...the system only needs to make sense to you. As some examples, I have have my pantry divided into these zones: Chips/Bags, Crackers/Snacks, Nuts/Dried Fruits, Canned Goods, Grab & Go Snacks, Bars, Aseptic, Baking, Extras, Paper Goods, Noodles/Rice, Seasonings/Bulk Dry Goods. You won't have all these things, these are just the things I always have in my pantry so I created zones for them.
|All my noodles/rice and canned proteins|
3. Establish Zones. By defining homes with in your pantry, things are easier to find and easier to put back where they belong so you can find them more easily next time. I have labeled almost all my zones (I love to label, makes me giddy...I'm weird like that!). People razz me all the time for my labels...but guess what...even my kids are learning how to put stuff back in their homes! If you have things that have no business in a pantry, time to find them a new home...even if that home happens to be your Goodwill pile (but that is another post entirely!)
|This is part of the "Extra's" zone|
|Items contained within=less mess and better use of shelf space|
|Notice I even use wall space to hang things and use up all my space (onions)! This is my bulk foods area.|
|Here are all my bags of gluten free flours, contained. The whole kit and kaboodle comes out on the counter when I bake. When I am done, the whole thing goes right back on the shelf!|
5. Practice the Art of Prime Real Estate. This a very simple concept. The things you use most should be the easiest to access and get to. If something gets used less often..put it in those dead, hard to reach corners or upper-reaches that are a pain to access. Dealing with it a couple times a year is a far better than all the time for items you use regularly.
|This area is harder to reach, so I only put extra/surplus items up here to replenish depleted supplies.|
|Notice the 90 degree corner? Much harder to reach, so my ridiculously huge steamer goes back there as I only use it 10 times or less a year.|