10 Oct 2018

10 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Pantry

Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and you can feel it in the air. But you can also smell something funny in the air – and it’s coming from your pantry. Spring cleaning isn’t just for the lounge. Now is the perfect time to take charge of your food pantry. Get it organised with these tips: 

Categorise the items

Categorising all your pantry items is a good place to start. Everyone will have a different way. You could do it by expiry date (perishable to non-perishable), meal types (dinners, breakfasts etc.) or even by sweet and savoury. Whatever your way, using a system to group your food will help you figure out what goes where. Separate the food items on shelves or by using baskets to keep it neat. 

Get labelling

Labelling the shelves or baskets you have set out will not only make it easier to find the food in your pantry, but you’ll also know exactly where to put new items when you come home from the shops.

Store meal items together

Everyone has their go-to meals when they’re stuck for time or energy. It could be a tasty pasta or spicy curry. Keeping these ingredients together in your pantry will save you valuable time when it’s time to cook, plus you’ll know when you’re running low on your key ingredients. 

Keep food that goes off in sight

When it comes to perishables, it’s best to remove them from all packaging store them separately. Keeping your onions, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes visible will also help you keep an eye on them so you can see when they’re going off, avoiding expensive food wastage. This corner rack not only looks great but also packs neatly into a corner, saving you space.

Decant certain items 

Once you have opened items that come in bags, decant them into glass jars to keep them fresher for longer. It’s also a neat and attractive way of organising your pantry. Bigger jars can be used for foods like cereal and nuts, while smaller jars can be used for things like spices. 

Stack it!

If you’re running out of space in your pantry, containers that stack neatly and attractively are a great way of making the most of your space, and work well for storing things you don’t use as much, such as baking ingredients. Clear containers are your best bet as you’ll never forget what’s in them.  

Don’t forget the floor!

If your pantry is also where you keep things like kitchen towelswax paper and cling wrap, a large container is a great way to store them and utilise often underused floor space.

 

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