“Manic Monday” – Challenge: Organize your pantry

The pantry is probably one of the most utilized areas of your home, other than your closet, of course!  Think about it…you eat at least three times a day, so that means you most likely use the pantry around three times a day.  That is a lot compared to other parts of your home.  So why is it one of the most often overlooked areas?  Just think how much easier it would be to prepare a meal or to prepare your grocery list if you knew exactly where everything was.  I bet you would even save a little money because you wouldn’t unknowingly buy duplicates of items! 

Here are a few tips to get you started:

First things first – Every organizing process begins with taking everything out of the space and getting rid of any items that are out-of-date or that you no longer want or need.  The same goes for your pantry. 

Remove individually wrapped items from bulky packages – Packaging takes up unneeded space in your pantry.  I”ve only run across one client who preferred to keep the original packaging even after seeing how great the pantry looks without all of the packaging.  Who knows!  I guess you can’t please everyone. Anyway, not only does removing the packaging look better, it allows you to be able to see what you have more easily.  How often have you reached for a box of granola bars. lets say, only to realize that the box is empty or that you needed two but there was only one!  By taking the items out of the packaging you can tell what you have with one glance. 

Invest in air-tight containers – Air tight containers are perfect for sugar, flour, tea, coffee, etc.  Not only will these items stay fresh longer, but bugs will be kept out and, as with the tip above, you will be able to see how much of each item you have in one glance 

Those are just a few tips to get you going with this challenge.  If you run across a dilemma, feel free to contact me with any questions!

Erin Sharplin Love


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