Organizing the Kitchen Pantry

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Nikki works with Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer | 0 comments

Organizing the Kitchen Pantry

Nikki and Elizabeth, her Professional Organizer, are organizing the kitchen pantry.  The first thing they do is throw away any expired food.  They also get rid of the “I was hungry when I went shopping” things that will never be used.

Elizabeth tells Nikki she should think of the pantry like her own private grocery store.  In a store, similar items, and things that are used together are placed together, i.e. canned peas with canned corn and flour with sugar.  They choose one shelf for all the soups, tomato products, and canned items.  Cereal and granola bars are put on the breakfast shelf.  One shelf has spares of items like condiments and olives that are kept in the refrigerator once opened.

To increase storage space in the pantry, a wire shelf rack is hung on the back of the door.  Small lightweight items can be stored on the back of the door and be easily seen.  Plastic bins placed on the shelves will also be used to collect small cans and packages that are difficult to store on a shelf.

When they were clearing the counters, the canisters and half-full bags of staples on top were moved to the pantry.  Nikki tells Elizabeth that the packages end up on top of the canisters because the whole bag won’t fit in the canister.  Elizabeth suggests that Nikki look for new canisters that will hold the entire package.  (Amazon askville says that a five pound bag of flour needs a canister larger than 5 quarts.)  Since they won’t be sitting on the counter, the canisters don’t need to be a matching set or go with the kitchen decor, they just need to be functional.  Elizabeth recommends Nikki get square, stackable canisters to save space.

All the various staples that Nikki uses when she bakes are gathered together.  They put the small things, like baking soda, baking powder, cupcake papers, vanilla, sprinkles, the rolling pin, and cookie cutters in a plastic bin.  The bin is placed on the shelf next to the flour and sugar canisters.  When Nikki bakes everything she needs will be together.

To help the rest of the family know where to put things, Nikki and Elizabeth label the shelves.  Nikki laughingly wonders if anyone in her house knows how to read?  Elizabeth wonders the same thing about her family.

Join Elizabeth Monday, May 20th at 6pm at Hip Stitch and learn how to be an Organized Cook.

Next post:  Nikki and Elizabeth set up a mail sorting area.

 

Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.

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