This is one of my favorite things to do I love to give you guys tips on organizing your pantries or any other spaces that seem to gather a bit of clutter. I’m obsessed with organize things! Actually I love to consolidate things and put them in pretty bins with a label. (same thing right?) I’m going to show you how I do this for your pantry, and other cluttery spaces so lets get started.
first things first lets get real you have to know who you are… do you love to cook do you like to just open the door to the pantry and throw things in? Do you like to take time to put things in containers and get rid of the huge over packaging that Costco loves to embrace? Seriously if you hate taking things out of the box and putting them in a pretty bin then don’t do it. This has to work with your family and how you want to live. Organizing your pantry is not particularly hard it just takes a bit of time and willingness to get rid of extra stuff.
1. First you have to take every thing out of the space. I mean everything. this is going to make a big mess but I promise it will be worth it! (disregard my corny face I get a little excited about this)
2. wash down the whole space sweep dust what ever you need to do to make it sparkle and smell pretty.
3. Decide what you want where. Do you reach for the cereal every day? do you need to access your baking supplies on a weekly basis? do you have to have all this non food stuff right in the middle of the pantry? Think about how you eat and what you cook and put those things in the middle easiest access part of the cupboard. Organizing your pantry or other spaces is about using the prime restate for what you use most.
The bottom of the pantry is great for big things like boxes of chips from Costco, dog food, bins of potatoes and onions extra shopper bags.
The top of the pantry is fabulous for things like party trays overstock of bulk items (but please label the shelf so you don’t forget they are there) and things you only get to during holidays.
4. make piles of all “like” things and start weeding out the almost gone, expired, and stuff you just don’t eat. If you bought Quinoa because you started a diet two years ago and haven’t opened the package get rid of it! only keep what you love to eat and what you need to keep in this space.
5. figure out if you need bins and how many. I love to have clear handle bins that you can pull out and set on the counter that contain multiple things like granola bars face cream, (whatever) to look through, that way I feel like I can come home from the store and still just throw things in the cupboard but they go into a bin where I know exactly where I can find it. The container part might be a bit of an investment but hey you will have this stuff for ever and it even moves with you right? I’m loving these pop containers from TARGET and THE CONTAINER STORE. They seal nicely and have a life time grantee.
6. Go out and purchase your bins you can’t do this in the beginning because you need to know what you are going to be putting where so…. the pantry might be a bit messy for a few more hours or till the next the day, don’t panic. You could go out and grab a ton of stuff then just return what you don’t use I do this a lot with clients because time is very valuable!
7. The fun part is about to begin putting everything back into the space you have provided for it, and Label it!!! Also put things in to bins like the bags of cereal and sugar oats etc…. as you go.
8. Hello you are done…. except now you have a pile of stuff that you need to find a new home for. Don’t worry if you love it enough you will find a home if not toss it.
You do the same thing with a bathroom office space closet just baby steps! Grab a friend cause its always easier to throw things out when someone is seeing your stuff. It’s empowering I promise!