People often say they don’t have the ‘organizing gene’ or that it is too hard for them to learn how to do it. It really doesn’t have to be so complicated- there are often really simple solutions that will take you a long ways in your organizing goals. We recently came across this kitchen pantry before and after from Jessica with Organized by JM. I am sure there are many of you who can relate. Looks like there really isn’t any organization happening here and it would difficult to find what you need when in a hurry to make dinner.
And here is the after of that same pantry after Jessica worked on it.
Not a dramatic difference, I admit. But organization isn’t about drama, it’s about finding what you need, when you need it! With a few simple organizing tools Jessica took this pantry from chaotic to calm.
- Take everything out of the pantry.
- Toss expired items, donate items you know you won’t eat.
- Sort like with like (Example: snacks, canned goods, baking goods, etc.)
- Determine what kind of container you need for each pile of food you just created.
- Measure your space (height, width, depth)
- Purchase the right containers.
- Put food away.
- Clear containers are best because you can see what is inside and if you are running low on something. Square containers are also good because they make the most of your shelf space.
- Baskets can be used for just about anything, and often times you will have one just laying around that you could re-purpose.
- Bins are great for sorting like items with like items. You can see here Jessica organized the bins by food type. These bins are again, clear. Bins are also nice to use in a pantry like this because you can pull them out to easily see what is in the very back. They are the perfect solution for storing bags that tend to fall over or not stack well.
- These turn tables (or lazy susans) are useful for 2 reasons. One- they are tiered to allow you to use the most of your vertical space. Two- you can see what is in the back, all you need to do is spin to see all of the available canned items you have.
- Open baskets/bins can be helpful to contain larger items and maintain easy access.
(photos courtesy of Organized by JM)
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