Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means—spring cleaning! In making your home squeaky clean, it’s tempting to only focus on the open parts of your home that will be visible to your guests, but it’s counterproductive to throw everything behind closed doors and forget about it. Organizing your closets, your cupboards and yes—your pantry—is the most important thing you can do to get your household in order.
So, let’s tackle your pantry.
First, if you’re lacking in storage space, then consider simply adding more. For instance, adding additional shelves will create a significantly larger amount of surface area to help keep things in order. Also, stocking up on large, clear containers that can hold a myriad of smaller items will clear up valuable real estate as well—make sure to label them for maximum convenience.
Also, be strategic about how you’re placing items in your pantry. If you’re like most people you often rifle through its contents to find that one thing you’re looking for, tossing everything around in the meantime. If you have a few items you know you’re going to use multiple times a week, from maple syrup to pasta to disinfecting wipes, put that up front and leave your lesser-used specialty ingredients in the back or higher up.
The most important thing you can do in organizing your pantry is to clean it out regularly. Be brutal about what you absolutely need and what can be tossed and keep a close eye on expiration dates. At least once a week, you should take the time to go through your items, wipe down your shelves and make sure all labeled containers are facing forward.