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Okay, so you don’t see many people’s pantry right? Well, like our closet, I’ll give you an intimate look into ours. A handful of people who have happened to see ours have asked me to come organize theirs. I did one friend’s pantry and decided I preferred to organize my own stuff. With other people’s stuff, it’s hard to know what to throw away and what to keep. Maybe someone has an iron-grip on those chips.
So, this is something that you need to do and it will make you happy overtime you open up the door or ready to cook.
I won’t go into detail, I’ll just show you pics and what they are and how they’re grouped.
Starting on the high shelf, we have anything tea and coffee related. The tea bags are in a big mason jar and some are on a lazy suzan on the side with canisters of fresh tea leaves. This is stuff we don’t mind reaching for.
On the same shelf, baking stuff. Most people don’t use these everyday, so it’s a good spot for them.
No more bags of flour with a rubber band around it, which still leaks. I’m a fan of Oxo. These things, seal tightly and wash well. As you can see there’s also chalkboard labels so I can switch out.
The other side is somewhat shallow and perfect for canned goods. Always put them on stair-stepper organizers. I’m sure there’s a more technical word for them.
So, one shelf down is all the cooking stuff! Bulk right here. Powdered sugar, cornmeal, brown rice, etc. It’s the easiest shelf to reach. Handy for grabbing quickly when cooking.
I found these old canisters and thought they would be perfect for pasta!
Random littles…. we use these a lot, so they’re easy to grab and pour. They’re in the corner on a lazy suzan for easy reach.
Bulk items that are used a lot are at eye level in the back. (Clearly we need more rice)
This is great for balsamic, oils and other fun stuff used for cooking. Another corner with a turnable. Corners can sometimes be hard to reach or wasted space. This is a great way to utilize the dreaded corners.
Broths and jars.
These bins have those pesky bags of beans and rice, as well as off beat flours like tapioca that are in small pouches.
Alright the lowest shelf is made up of mostly snacks. Everything is in a plastic bin that won’t break if it crashes to the floor. Now, we don’t have tons of half-eaten boxes of gingersnaps or nuts.
The corner here are breakfast syrups and butters.
Cereals in the back. Well-loved. These canisters can get sticky sometimes so just run them through the washer or soak in hot soapy water.
Easy to reach kids snack…salty ‘n’ sweet.
Bottom of the pantry has your boring things you don’t know where to put anywhere else, such as coffee to-go cups and paper plates.
Kids lunch boxes and easy to grab coolers.
Voila! Pretty pantry. Thank me later for the inspiration.
I hope you have more sanity while cooking now!
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