September 15, 2014

Keep Food Storage Easy – Create Zones

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If you have a pantry or a food storage cupboard, chances are you are feeling the effects of a little disorganization. This week’s organizing challenge is the PANTRY and I”m going to challenge you to do just one thing to spiff it up. (September’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here). Put your pantry or food storage into zones. Depending on the size of food storage you have, this could take 10 minutes, or it could take an hour. But I promise you, the time spent will be worth it. You’ll be able to quickly locate food and you’ll know precisely what you have on hand and what you need.

Keep Food Storage Easy - Create Different Zones via Clean Mama

Work quickly as with any decluttering project and you’ll be quickly reaping the benefits of organized food storage. Ready?

  • First things first, empty your pantry or food storage area – my recommendation is to empty the contents on your kitchen table and set it into categories so it’s a snap to put back.
  • Toss any expired food.
  • Group in categories that make sense for how you cook and bake or what you store – here are some ideas to get you started:
    -snacks
    -cooking
    -baking
    -beverages
    -cereals
    -lunch supplies
    -food storage supplies
    -canned goods
    -grains and pastas
    -condiments

Keep Food Storage Easy - Create Zones - breakfast and baking via Clean Mama

  • Once you’ve determined your categories, begin to place the items back in a way that makes sense for your needs – if you bake all the time, baking supplies should be front and center, if your kids pack their own lunches or get their own snacks, put those where they can easily access them.
  • Contain and label. The pantry is where labels and containers really do their best work – consider putting your food in containers and adding labels. You can purchase containers or use glass canning jars with a homemade washi tape label. Think outside the box and inside your budget – come up with a solution that works for you!

Keep Food Storage Easy - Create Zones via Clean Mama

Taking a little time this week to organize your pantry into zones will not only be time well-spent, it will be a huge time saver in the long run!

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