Since school is starting back and sales are abundant, it’s time to clean out your pantry and get ready to stock up. One of the best ways to do this is to make a list of everything that is available in your pantry and post it on the inside (or outside) of your pantry door. There are lots of Seasonal Sales in August to be had, and these will help you fill the pantry up quickly.
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Step One: Clean It Out
Cleaning out your pantry means literally taking everything out of it. This is the only way to know what you have in there. Check foods for expiration dates and get rid of anything that has expired. Get rid of foods that your family doesn’t eat. Once you have everything out and sorted, wipe down the walls and shelves with a fresh-smelling cleaner. (Try these Homemade Cleaning Products.)
Step Two: Organize
Now that you’ve created some space, organize your pantry so that you can find your foods easily. What makes sense to you? Grouping canned goods by kind, or alphabetically, or by the foods that you will prepare with them? It’s your pantry–how do you want to organize it?
You may want to keep your kids’ safety in mind, and rather than having them climbing the shelves, put the foods they like best on the lower shelves. Keep the foods you don’t want in their reach not only on the higher shelves, but also out of their line of vision.
Use clear containers for easy , see-through storage, and be sure to label any containers that aren’t clear (you can grab these at Target for $1 each). A few pretty baskets can hold items like drink mixes, seasoning packets, or your favorite tea bags. You may want to invest in some Lazy Susan turntables to make the most of deep shelves.
Step Three: Use the Pantry Inventory List
You’ll want to keep everything neat and tidy now, and you’ll be able to with my FREE Pantry Inventory List Template. Once you know what food items you have available, you’ll be able to meal plan and shop with much less stress, and you’ll have much more success in saving money!
What are your tips to cleaning out and organizing your pantry? We would love to hear all your tips and tricks to keeping your pantry in order!