By cleaning and organizing the pantry, you reduce clutter, keep pests at bay, and save money eating food you have instead of buying more or springing for takeout. Pantry organization doesn’t need to be time consuming when you follow these tips for getting the pantry shelves organized and clearing clutter.

3 SECRETS TO PANTRY ORGANIZATION

  1. ORGANIZE EVERYTHING BY CATEGORY

The first step can be the most overwhelming, but it’s also the most important. Take everything out of the pantry. Get on the stepladder and reach those high shelves! Grab absolutely everything, including what has ended up on the floor. This includes non-food items you may store in the pantry.

Then organize food items by categories that make sense to you. You might sort items by major categories like cans, grains and pastas, snacks, spices, and prepared foods. Or you might sort items by foods you use regularly, foods you use occasionally, snacks and drinks, and non-food items like cleaning supplies or disposables. Whatever categories you select, make sure that they make sense to you and that you can easily maintain order.

  1. TOSS EXPIRED FOOD

As you are organizing your food by category, check the expiration date of food items. Throw away any food that has expired – eating it could compromise your health. If you find foods that will soon expire, create a separate space in the pantry for these high-priority items that need to be used soon.

If your pantry was very cluttered, you may come across multiples of a particular product. If you have more cans of tuna or boxes of pasta than you can reasonably use, consider donating the surplus to your local food pantry to help those in need in your community.

Once you have tossed the expired food items, you can return your organized pantry staples to your shelves or cupboards.

If clutter is a continual problem for you, you may need to remove non-food items from the pantry or invest in additional pantry shelving or cupboards to accommodate your needs.

  1. INSTALL PANTRY CABINETS

By investing in custom pantry cabinets, you can improve your pantry organization and storage space while beautifying your kitchen and increasing your home’s resale value. If you find that you frequently have to throw away expired food, or struggle to fit everything on your pantry shelves, your investment in pantry cabinets will pay off with financial savings and reduced clutter in your home.

Learn more or request a free pantry cabinet installation quote from Cornerstone Closets. There are many cabinet styles, and the cabinets of your dream may be more affordable than you have always thought!

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Top 3 Garage Storage Ideas to Give you More Space

The garage is one of the top five spaces homeowners request help getting organized from professional organizers. Garages can quickly get out of hand when you try to store too many different things in the space, and lack the basic storage items to really organize everything you have in there. Learn the top 3 garage storage systems you need to keep the garage organized and reduce your clutter.

  1. USE GARAGE CABINETS FOR ALL-PURPOSE STORAGE

As a general rule, only large items that you use regularly (like the lawnmower) should be stored on the floor of the garage. Everything else should be organized off the floor using a storage system – and cabinets are an easy and flexible option. Garage cabinets can accommodate many different products, allowing you to safeguard potentially dangerous items from children and pets, and keep occasionally used items out of sight.

Create groups of like items — think children’s/sports, home and garden, utility, tool, or hobby — and store each group of items in its own cabinet.

  1. INCORPORATE OVERHEAD STORAGE FOR OCCASIONAL-USE ITEMS

Overhead garage shelving is the perfect place to put items that you only need occasionally, such as seasonal-use items. Overhead storage shelves can run around three sides of your garage and are easily accessed with a step stool.

These shelves are ideal for large, lightweight things like a kayak, portable cooler, or camping gear. Avoid placing heavy items on overhead garage shelves, since they can be difficult to lift down on your own.

  1. SLATWALL

Slatwall hangs on the wall and sits flat.  Not your grandfather’s pegboard, slatwall’s versatility lies in the accessories that can be added to it – such as hooks, baskets, and even hose and bike racks.  By using slatwall in your garage, you can store items such as tools, perhaps over a designated workbench area, to bikes and ladders.  This versatile garage accessories is completely multi-functional for many different categories of items typically stored in a garage.

To get the most out of your garage storage areas, we recommend a combination of these systems, and we are here to help.  Call CornerStone Closets for a free quote to get you on the road to garage organization!