7 Tips to Organizing Your Kitchen
The pantry: the commonly cluttered home to food that doesn’t need fridge time, but isn’t pretty enough for the fruit bowl. Here’s how to take your cupboard into a leaner, meaner league this year.
1. Toss Out Old Food
Take everything out and ask yourself honestly: Am I really going to use that? If it’s open or past its prime, toss it. If you aren’t going to use it, donate cans and sealed items to the food bank.
2. Make Food Categories
Take stock of what’s left; clear categories should emerge. Keep baking supplies on one shelf, grains and pastas on another. Keep snacks on a middle shelf for easy access.
4. Use Vertical Space
Chances are you have more height than depth to your space. Take advantage of that height by installing risers to stack cans and boxes.
5. Get Everything Within Your Reach
Not everyone is blessed with slide-out shelving. Make items in the back easier to reach by arranging them in plastic trays — felt pads on the bottom will really get things moving.