5 Strategies for Organizing Your Pantry (and Keeping It That Way)

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Ready for the organized pantry of your dreams? Good news — it’s not as tough as you think it is. Here are five easy tips that’ll get you well on your way.

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1. Invest in clear containers and a labeler.

This storage solution is especially helpful for bulk-bin items, like rice, grains, and nuts. With neatly labeled clear containers, gone are the days of having four partially open bags of quinoa.

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2. Assess your pantry on a weekly basis.

Keeping your pantry organized and in good shape doesn’t have to be a huge, time-consuming task. Instead, make it part of your weekly meal-planning routine by taking a few minutes to do a quick inventory. Knowing what’s in there is the best way to make sure you’re cooking and eating what you already have, and avoid buying multiples of the same thing.

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3. Use sheet pans to group like with like.

Heavy-duty and multipurpose, sheet pans and hotel pans make especially good organizers. Not only do they make grouping like ingredients together easy, but they’re also a great way to contain any inadvertent spills or leaks.

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4. Take 10 minutes every day to keep your pantry clean and tidy.

A few everyday tasks that take just a few minutes — like wiping down pantry shelves, keeping package labels facing outward and visible, grouping like items together, and tossing expired items — will leave you with an always-tidy pantry.

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5. Make use of household items to give your pantry more storage space.

From crates and space-saving racks to pencil holders and magazine racks, household items can be a smart and inexpensive way to add even more storage to your pantry. If everything has a special place or holder, you’ll be less likely to mess it all up when looking for that one can of beans you’re sure you bought three weeks ago.

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