key to a decluttered kitchen starts with pantry
organization ó but tackling shelf upon shelf of cans,
boxes and bags of food can be daunting.
organizer Erin Kelly says her company, Chicago-based
Arranged by Erin, frequently gets calls from homeowners
looking for help with their out-of-control pantry
a time thing," she says. "People get very
overwhelmed. Thatís why a lot of them call."
a home organizer can organize your pantry for you, you
can also do it yourself with a few pointers.
it comes to organizing the pantry, grouping similar
items together is critical.
important thing is to zone your pantry," Kelly
one section for pasta, one for canned fruits, one for
vegetables, one for spices and so on, Kelly advises.
items by category will help you cut down your cooking
time by eliminating the need to hunt through the pantry
for a certain item.
best thing is to pull everything out, wipe (the pantry)
down and put it all back by category," Kelly says.
you have a child or relative with allergies or special
dietary needs, keep their items on a separate shelf or
in a certain "zone." Kelly also recommends
labeling items to help a nanny or babysitter know which
items are OK for each child to have.
money with storage
storage options wonít just keep your pantry cabinet
neat ó they can also save you money.
wind up buying duplicates of items because they canít
see what theyíve got hiding in the depths of the
pantry, Kelly says.
tempting to stock up, but I donít need three ketchups
in my pantry," Kelly says. Deep pantry shelves can
add to the problem, making it difficult to see whatís
like The Container Store and Target sell clear storage
containers that are perfect for storing items like
spices, packets and pastas, Kelly says.
stair-stepper organizers are good for storing items like
canned goods, making it easy to see whatís there, she
adds. Stackable shelving and wire baskets can also help
you declutter and keep items visible.
able to see what you have will help you re-evaluate the
way you shop, saving you time, pantry space and money,
you can see what you have, you can make a running list
of whatís in stock and what needs to be added to your
weekly shopping list.
a spot for overflow
your pantry cabinet is just not fulfilling your space
needs, it may be time to find a place for your kitchen
cautions against using a garage or mudroom for extra
food storage, since that can attract mice.
like the idea of shelves or cabinets in the basement
area," she says.
recommends basement storage for items that arenít used
every day, such as pots, pans and extra canned goods.