Reorganize your pantry with these simple steps.
One of my recent obsessions lately is watching TikTok videos of pantry organizations. You know the ones? The ASMR fridge organization where moms fill up their fridge with new groceries or decanting videos that give off soothing ASMR sounds? Anyway, something about it is just so satisfying and relaxing, not to mention that it motivates me to reorganize my pantry. For someone who likes cooking, I enjoy having a nice, organized kitchen but after watching those TikTok videos, I realized that I could be doing more. So if like me, you want to spend time organizing your pantry, then look no further as I am here to guide you!
Food Containers That Just Make Sense
First, before you start, you need to assess what kind of cooking you usually do: savoury or baking or both? If you’re the type who bakes a lot, then it will make sense to buy flour containers that are big enough to sustain your baking needs. However, if you’re not much of a baker, then it does not make sense to use a giant jar for flour. Decant food in containers that will make sense to you.
Now, speaking of containers, glass canning jars are great to keep dry goods. The sealed lid will keep the food fresh, and it also looks aesthetically pleasing which makes it great for an open-shelving display. However, glass jars tend to be pricey, bulky and heavy. If you like the look of it, then use it for items that are good for display like dried beans, pasta, flour, or nuts. But practically speaking, plastic jars are great for items that you use regularly. This one from OXO is great because it offers different sizes of containers, it has an airtight seal, and the containers are stackable.
Label everything and include dates too. Add the date of when the food was decanted and when it will expire (if applicable). This will save you time in the future when you’re doing the good ol’ sniff and taste test. Usually, dry goods can last for months but the level of freshness can deteriorate over time and adding dates on the label will help you over time too. You can use pre-printed labels like this one, or use something as simple as washi tape and marker.
Maximize pantry space by using kitchen organizers like a lazy susan for your condiments, baskets for produce, stackable shelf rack for canned goods, and acrylic organizers for anything else. Investing in space-saving kitchen items like floating shelves is also a good way to organize and extend your pantry.
Published by HOLR Magazine.