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Tips for Saving Space in Your Pantry

It’s time to stop putting your pantry organisation on the shelf, it’s time to act!

It doesn’t matter how large or small your pantry is; to make the most of the space you have, your pantry needs to be effectively organised. Here are some great tips on how you can organise your pantry quickly and easily.

Pantry organisation – getting started

Being organised doesn’t have to be a difficult task, even with kids. Follow these tips and you will be enjoying a clean, tidy and organised pantry before you know it!

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Pull everything out of your pantry

To get organised, you need to remove the entire contents of the pantry and commit to disposing of everything with an expired use by date. Items that are not out-of-date, but are open and look to be past their best, should go too.

Clean while the pantry is empty

With a completely empty pantry, you have the perfect opportunity to give the space a thorough clean. If drawers are a feature of your pantry, start by vacuuming them out, and then give all surfaces a complete wipe down.

Logically sort and group pantry items

With items still out of your pantry, sort them into logical groupings – such as flour and baking items, tinned food, pastas, sauces and cereals. Before you return these items to the pantry, think carefully about how they can be best positioned and arranged.

Keep heavy appliances on trays

A great tip that has been practiced for decades, is to sit heavy appliances like food processors and blenders on trays. Doing so makes it easy to slide the appliance from the back of the shelf to the front where it can be more easily lifted out.

Saving space with tins and bottles

In most pantries, tins and bottles can be difficult to store because of their bulky size and shape. It is now possible to purchase expanding racks for the pantry which are attached under the shelf. You will be adding extra storage and creating a space where all tins are visible and neatly organised.

Use containers for your dry goods

Stop the chaos and loss of space that results from opened boxes and packets falling over in your pantry. It’s far better to empty your dry goods into containers, clear glass or plastic are preferable as they make it easier to find particular products.

To optimise space, use square or rectangular containers, rather than round ones which do not fit beside each other quite so well. Use labels for the easy identification of products and ensure that all containers have airtight lids.

Make the most of baskets

Baskets are an invaluable resource in a pantry as they provide a place for all types of items – from cake sprinkles and food colouring, to garbage bags and aluminium foil. Save space and get your food cupboard organised with baskets that are clearly labelled and logically arranged.

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Generally speaking, space is at a premium in most people’s pantries. Maximise efficiency by ensuring all items can be easily located and used. By utilising these tips your pantry organisation issues will be sorted quick smart!

What are your tips to pantry organisation?


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4 Comments

  1. Rosemary
    29/07/2014 / 10:43 pm

    I keep most of the heavy gear that I use regularly at the front of the shelves and that I use only occasionally at the back.

    • Mad Mummas
      30/07/2014 / 10:42 am

      Great idea Rosemary.

  2. 11/08/2014 / 1:23 pm

    I love to try and be organised and I love a nice clean pantry. These are great tips. If you have a good organised pantry you are more likely to cook at home and not resort to eating chemically laden, calorie empty foods that you grabbed on the run!

    • 11/08/2014 / 7:42 pm

      The chef in me doesn’t tolerate a messy pantry. Ours looks like it belongs in a restaurant, everything is in perfect rows, tubs, etc. Thanks for stopping by Rebecca. xx

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