Picture this: It’s 7am and you’ve already chased your kids around the house to get them dressed, fed, made lunches, and put them onto the bus. You’re dead tired, and your day has only begun. You desperately need that delicious cup of coffee with just a splash of hazelnut creamer, but when you open your pantry, you can’t find the coffee. Between the mess you’ve made while packing lunches and the kids tearing apart the pantry in search of their favorite granola bar - your kitchen is left looking like a war zone.
We imagine this isn’t too far from reality for many of you. Don’t fret, we’ve got some simple tips and tricks to make your life easier, and your pantry more organized this September.
Section Your Pantry Out
Divide your pantry into sections that are intuitive to how you use the space. For example, if you drink tea every morning, don’t bury the boxes of tea in the bottom drawer behind the olive oil. Instead, move the tea bags to an eye level shelf and place them in the front. The items you don’t use quite as often, like shortening or flour, can be stowed away on the bottom drawer where they won’t be in the way of your quick grab items.
Say Bye-Bye to Boxes and Hello to Bins
We all probably have the same reusable Tupperware™ cereal holders from the 90s. What’s old is new again! We can bring this functional tool into a more modern light by using reusable, plastic containers for the items that sit around taking up space in boxes and creating a cluttered look. When the pantry is full of half empty cardboard boxes, it’s hard to take inventory of what you need to buy on your next grocery trip. Clear bins allow you to easily see what essentials you are running low on, as well as provide an aesthetically pleasing look.
Divide and Conquer
Pantry dividers and shelves are a seriously underutilized tool that are guaranteed to whip your food storage into shape! Whether that’s cookie sheet dividers placed on the top shelf or divider stands used to dramatically maximize your available pantry space, pantry dividers are a simple solution to a multitude of organizational issues.
As the summer heat starts to break and leaves start to change color, we wish you and your family an amazing start to the school year! We hope this year brings copious amounts of joy, mountains of fun, and mostly a spark of inspiration for your pantry organization.