Having an organized pantry makes everything so much easier. I mean, think about it. If your pantry is organized, you can meal plan and grocery shop like a boss. And when you have a meal plan, life in general is easier because you don't have to think about what you're going to feed your family constantly!
With that in mind, here are 5 steps to a more organized pantry.
5 Steps to Organizing Your Pantry
1. Pull everything out
Step one in organizing your pantry is to pull everything out and place it all on the countertops or the kitchen table for sorting. This makes a big mess, but it is truly necessary to get organized.
2. Toss the old stuff
Step two is to toss everything that is expired. You don't want to keep around anything that isn't useful anymore.
3. Put all the things together that go together
Step three is to place like with like (on the table or counter for now, you will move it all into the pantry shortly). Put all the mac and cheese together, all the soups, the snacks, the pasta, etc. Another option is to put everything needed to make a meal together: taco shells, refried beans, salsa, taco seasoning, corn, etc and spaghetti, sauce, garlic bread, etc.
4. Use basket and bins
Step four is to make use of baskets or other containers for corralling things like spices or packets of seasoning, etc. so they don't spread all over the cupboard.
Step five is to stock your cupboard. You should put the things you use most on the easiest to reach shelves and the least-used items higher.
Bonus Step: Use some sort of Pantry Organization printable to keep your pantry organized going forward!
How often do you organize your pantry? Do you find keeping an organized pantry simplifies everything else?