6 Storage Tips for Your Pantry

Maintain an efficient storage space with these helpful tips


In every home, you need an organized space where you can store food and other cooking supplies. Having a clean and efficient pantry may help you keep the shelf life of some items while avoiding pesky insects.

Whether you have a small cupboard or a big pantry, here are handy tips that you may want to consider.

Main photos from Home Adore and Basichus.

Create a pantry based on your cooking habits

How many meals do you prepare in a day? If you live alone, it's best to buy only the ingredients and supplies that you would need for a week to avoid food spoilage and hoarding. Meanwhile, if you live with the whole family, you may want to plan a weekly menu so you can properly take note of needed ingredients and supplies.

Ensure proper ventilation

Good air circulation is a must in every pantry. Storing goods in a humid area with little or no lighting may cause molds. Always keep supplies in a cool and dry place. Check the labels of each item for proper storage. 

Photo from Home Adore.

Use airtight containers

Glass containers are often preferred when storing food in the pantry because its eco-friendly compared to plastic. When storing flour, dried beans, pasta, sugar and other dry food, utilize airtight lids to keeps pests away.

RL Tip: You may also use mason jars to store some of your ingredients. Make sure you clean and dry them first to avoid contamination. You may even turn these jars into instant accents. Paint them in fun, pastel colors for a quirky vibe.

Immediately store opened goods in a cool area

Opened condiments or canned goods must be stored in the refrigerator to keep its taste and texture intact. If you don’t have extra space in your refrigerator, you may place dry goods in a cool, dark areaaway from direct heat or sunlight.

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Use shelf-liners

Utilize self-adhesive vinyl drawer liners to avoid stains, dirt, or dust from your cupboards or drawers. Pick liners with different colors or interesting patterns to add a lively vibe to your kitchen.

RL Tip: Use washi tape to decorate your kitchen cabinets. Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Double check labels and do research

Not all food groups can be treated the same. Fresh vegetables and fruit need to be stored in a cool area while dry goods such as cereal can be kept within normal temperature. Always double check the labels and do some research to ensure the quality of your food. 

Photo by Miguel  Nacianceno.

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