Pantry Makeover Tips
Whether you have a generous walk-in pantry or a few shelves in the kitchen, it helps to get organized.
An efficient pantry may help you save trips to the supermarket as well as keep you from breaking your back for that last can of soup. Let these handy hints guide you:
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Clean it up: Wipe the entire pantry clean with a mixture of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Go over with a dry cloth.
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.
Do a lineup: Once you've categorized your products, here's how you can arrange them:
- Place the taller items behind the shorter ones. This will make everything visible.
- Place the rarely used items on the top shelf and often-used items at eye level.
- 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.
- Reserve the higher shelves for lighter items like cereal boxes, paper towels, and napkins.