Tools and materials
Hanging storage baskets
Large and small containers
Non slip liners
Tags and twine
1. Clear everything out
First thing’s first – take everything out of your kitchen pantry and assess what you’ve got. Once everything’s out on your bench, group like-minded products together neatly. Take this opportunity to throw out anything past its use-by date. 2007 called – it wants its tomato sauce back!
2. Line your shelves
Rolls of non-stick liner are available from your local store – these are a must-have for pantry organisation projects. Purchase enough to cover your space, measure out your shelves and cut to size.
3. Start labelling everything
We purchased lots of plain glass jars to store all our pantry staples, but any sealable containers work just as well. Once you’ve got what you need, grab a roll of Scotch Chalkboard tape and cut lengths to affix to each of your jars, then use chalk to write up what’s going inside. These not only look stylish, they’re also great if you need to change what’s written – just wipe off and re-write again. Simple! Cardboard tags are also great – just write what’s inside the jar on them and attach using string.
4. Fill your containers
This is the fun part! Grab all those half-open packets and start pouring the contents into your labelled jars and containers. A place for everything and everything in its place! We placed our tins, as well as our chips and biscuits, in baskets; apples, potatoes and onions in wire baskets, and all our herbs and spices in small containers. Sauces and large soda bottles we placed in wooden crates, and all our oats, pastas and baking ingredients we popped in customised containers and stored up top.
5. Use shelf stackers
They are great if you’ve got a deep shelf, as they mean you can effectively double your storage space by placing things beneath them.
6. Add hanging storage baskets
Storage baskets attach cleverly to the back of your pantry door. They’re particularly good for storing your sauces and are height adjustable, so great for storing spices and other food items.
7. Consider a chalkboard
Adding a chalkboard inside your pantry is a really good idea, as it gives you a spot to write down your shopping list or family ‘To Do’ list.
8. Place everything back inside
You’re ready to start adding everything back into your space!
Handy hint: Group all your items together so you always know where to find everything. That means pasta in one spot, baking stuff in another, cereals together on the shelf – you get the drift.
9. Pantry party
And feel smug, safe in the knowledge that yours is the best-looking kitchen pantry on the block!
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