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4 Cleaning Tips for Your Pantry

Transform this part of the house into a clean and organized storage area


Maintaining an organized pantry is essential for an efficient food preparation. Let these tips help you create a spic-and-span area.

Styling by Arlene Sanchez-Maslog. Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Pantry Makeover") in the September 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App  now! Log on to for more details.  

Keep these tips in mind:

Remove unncessary items.

Get rid of all items that are past their expiry date, even items that haven’t been consumed and have only three months to go. 

RL Tip: Stick a brightly colored sticker on items that are nearing their expiry date. This will help remind you which items need to be discarded or used right away. For the same purpose, place newer items at the back of the older items.

Wipe the shelves.

Wipe the entire pantry clean with a mixture of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. You can also create your own homemade cleaning mixture! Click here for the step-by-step guide. 

Categorize by type.

Organize all products before returning them to the pantry. Group similar items together: canned vegetables, canned meats, soups, boxed items, packaged drinks, etc. 

RL Tip: Heavier items such as canisters of flour or bottles of cooking oil should be at waist level to make it easier to lift off the shelves. Canned goods should be placed on lower shelves with the labels facing you. 

Do a line up.

Once you've categorized your products, do your line up. Place the taller items behind the shorter ones, the rarely used items on the top shelf, and often-used items at eye level. 

RL Tip: Reserve the higher shelves for lighter items like cereal boxes, paper towels, and napkins.

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