Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get into your pantry and reorganize your shelves for the summer break and beyond. Not only is it great for grab-and-go snacks, but having items visibly stacked together will allow you to make a grocery list that doesn’t contain repeat items that could be hiding in the back next to the moldy bread.
We have broken down some tips for pantry organization that will help your sanity, your budget and allow your children (and/or spouse) to grab some healthy springtime snacks with ease.
Benefits of a neatly organized pantry
The most obvious reason for having an organized pantry is organizing for your sanity. It is so easy to go from meticulously organized shelves to a cluttered mess, especially if you have kids! Creating a visibly pleasing pantry with obvious storage techniques will allow your children to clearly see where items go and where they should be stored.
Another benefit is organizing for inventory! Many items found in the pantry can last a long time. Items like canned goods, soups, dried herbs, crackers, cereal, pasta, and sauces have a long shelf life. Pantry organization can help you avoid buying some of these items before they have been used. Find a place for each like item and jot down what you need once you’ve fully organized each section of the pantry. You might just get some dinner inspiration along the way!
Last but not least, an organized pantry frees up space in your kitchen. Once you go through and figure out what should be kept and what should be thrown out you might find that you have extra room for mixing bowls, tupperware and other items that are stacked in shelves and cabinets. A custom pantry with built-in custom storage is a great way to find a home for these items and give you easy access to items you use frequently.
Healthy springtime snacks
Now that your pantry organization has gone from a 2 to a 10, it is time to plan out meals and snacks. Spring break means the kids are home, and you need to be prepared for snacking at all hours of the day!
To save time, create a snack shelf for your children, making snacks easy for them to reach. You could color code, label or simply dictate where their special shelf is and ensure it remains stocked with healthy snacks. This will keep them happy and fueled throughout the day. Some easy to store snacks include:
- Dried fruit
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter pretzels
- Chips and hummus
- Protein bars
- And so many more!
At Organizers Direct, our goal is to make your life easier through easy-to-use storage solutions and custom-designed storage spaces. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a drag, and your efforts can be appreciated year round with storage solutions that work for the whole family. Contact us today for a FREE consultation and let’s get to work!