Six Ways to Keep Your Pantry Neat and Clean

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The pantry is an important feature in our homes in Beaufort NC kitchens. It’s essential to keep this space clean and organized so that you not only know where everything is and can replace when you are low or run out of an item. Here are six ways to keep your pantry neat and clean.

  1. Designate an area for your items – Each item should have a designated place where it lives in your pantry to keep this space neat and organized. These zones can include places for your baking, beverages, breakfast, canned goods, cleaning supplies, dinner, lunch, paper goods, pasta, sauces, and snack items. Don’t forget to label each zone so that you’re not putting items in the wrong place. Don’t feel obligated to use your pantry for everything. Remember, you can always put items in your cabinets.
  2. Create a kid-friendly zone – Place items your kids like in an easy to reach zone. This way they don’t always have to ask for permission when they want a snack.
  3. Incorporate clear glass or plastic storage containers – This is a great solution for when you buy things in bulk such as cereal, flour, grains, rice, and sugar. This will help to free up space in your pantry since you’ll get these items out of their packaging.
  4. Get rid of seasonal items – As you access the items in your pantry on a daily or weekly basis make sure that you throwing out seasonal items. You don’t want to eat chocolates from Valentine’s Day, candy from Halloween, or cookies from the winter holidays when the holiday has been over for a while. This is sure to free up space in your pantry for other items.
  5. Check expiration dates – The last thing you want to do is eat something that is old and expired. Make sure you are checking the expiration dates on your canned goods, sauces, and other items and throwing out accordingly.
  6. Donate items – Give items to your homes in Beaufort NC neighbors or to your local food bank if you find items in your pantry that you no longer want and that haven’t expired.

These tips are a great way to help keep your pantry neat and clean. What would you add to this list?

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