Cleaning out the pantry

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You know it’s time when you pantry items start to explode from every shelf and every spare bit of space ,and things are put where they just don’t belong. I’m sure everyone knows that it’s important to have an organised pantry so as to use up foods BEFORE they expire and to make cooking and preparing foods so much easier.

If you have a smaller pantry or mutliple storage areas you could totally empty the space, sort and then put everything back but our pantry is too big for that plus this is a job I do fairly frequently so there isn’t a lot of expired product. So I tackle one shelf or section at a time, bringing everything onto the main island bench, sorting, repackaging and cleaning the shelf before returning. Two tins of milo? – condense or put one into spare storage (we have a back up or stockpile pantry in the garage). Open packet of corn chips? – put into the container labelled corn chips (hint,hint Amy).

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I also weeded out these items to go back to the stockpile pantry.

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On this clean up I also did a bit of reorganising and moved some things around. I also created a grab-and-go snack box.

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Which now sits beside the other kids snacks.

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A few hours later order is restored. I’m sure you already know the key to a well organised pantry – keep like products with like and use containers to house small items. I’m not totally 100% – my pasta is not beside my pasta sauces :-). But all my cereals are together, all my packet mixes are in the same container.

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The grand reveal…..before…

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after…. I’m just waiting to finish off the old flour before emptying the new bag into the container…

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before….

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after….

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Love it! I just love a well orgnised pantry. It makes playing in the kitchen is much more fun.

How do you all organise your pantry? Any hints or tips? Any photos to share.

5 comments

  1. Jackie says:

    This is funny, I cleaned out my pantry on Sunday afternoon. Love the size of your pantry I used to have a large one, think old house and the little alcove that the stove and chimney used to sit in was my walk in pantry. Stupid me when we were renovating our kitchen let the guys talk me into demolishing it, oh how I regret that. Your pantry looks fantastic

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