The Pantry Project: how to get the storage area in order
A few tips for creating a system that will help keep your pantry tidy and easy to maintain
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If you don't have a separate pantry, you probably have an area that you use as a pantry. Maybe you keep food supplies and other things you don't use all the time in a cupboard in the kitchen or on shelves on the balcony. Whatever the case, my tips will help keep this area tidy and easy to maintain.
Clea-style Pantry

People most often find themselves in a mess almost immediately after cleaning the pantry, as soon as you look for something in the pantry, chaos is guaranteed.

Do you know why this happens? It's because;
a) The pantry holds too much (including unnecessary) stuff.
b) There is no storage system.
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  • The first thing I advise you to do is to decide what exactly the pantry is used for in your house. Unfortunately, I often see this area turned into a "graveyard for unnecessary things. Things that you might not want to throw away gets piled in there, the end result is that useful space is taken up by junk, leaving no space to store your supplies. Decide what you want to use your pantry for and proceed to the next step.

  • If you've been reading my advice for a long time, you probably know what the second step will be. Of course, get rid of all the unnecessary stuff that doesn't fit into your new concept.

A Clea-style pantry should be as useful and organized as the soldiers of the British royal guard. Let's make it that way!
Think Through The Storage System
The pantry is probably the only area in the apartment that can be equipped with shelves from floor to ceiling, and that's great! Try not to use shelves that are too deep, but if that's the case, use baskets that are easy to pull out and slide in.

Before you load the pantry, make sure you have enough boxes, baskets, and containers and then buy what you need.

Wicker baskets are a great option for the pantry if they’re used correctly. They can be used to store bagged groceries, snacks, canned goods, etc.
Plus, in my opinion, wicker baskets are just really stylish.

Plastic buckets.
Multicolored buckets are great for storing food containers, lids, cleaning supplies, and other household sundries. Thanks to the different colors, you'll always know what's in which bucket.

Use the clear bins for your loose items.
Choose narrow and tall plastic containers that have a lid with a pull-out segment, an alternative is wide-necked bottles with cork tops. They are great for storing pasta, rice, and other bulk foods. Get in the habit of immediately pouring your groceries into these containers when you come home from the supermarket.
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Use Doors
Don't ignore the valuable space on the inside of your pantry door.

Hanging mesh organizers can be found at most home improvement stores, they're great for sauces, spices, and anything else that’s not too heavy.
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Sort Groceries
Take out all the foods and put them in groups before you put them in containers or on shelves. That way you'll know where to put the categories, here's what categories of food you might have after sorting:

  • Canned goods
  • Oils, sauces
  • Groceries (groats, pasta, beans)
  • Chocolate and other candies
  • Jars of pickles and jam
  • Snacks (chips, sunflower seeds, nuts)
  • Spices and seasonings
  • Tea, coffee
Label Everything You Can
Sign each basket and container with a special labeling machine, off-the-shelf labels, or simply make homemade labels and attach them to the baskets or shelves where they will be placed.
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Put Everything In Its Place
There is one last but important step left and that’s finding the right place for each category of items. Arrange the products, housewares, and other items, guided by two rules:

First. Everything must be visible.
Your pantry will never be a mess if the person looking for what they need isn't forced to rummage through the stacks. Your job is to organize everything, so that when you look at the shelf, it's clear what's there.

The essentials should be at eye level.
Groceries, jars of spices, cleaning products, cleaning accessories and other items that are needed often should occupy the most popular place in the pantry. They should be easy to reach and put in place, the rest can be arranged on the top shelves or closer to the floor and defined away from the wall.

That's it, as you can see, organizing your pantry isn't that hard if you understand the principle. I'm sure you will succeed!

Your Clea.
Your personal clean-up coach
Clea N.