Creative Products to Help Organize your Food Storage
Buying groceries in bulk is a wonderful thing. Not only does bulk-shopping save money, but having commonly used food items stashed away is very convenient if you have a busy week and can’t get to the grocery store. If you have an irregular income, filling the pantry during the profitable months can help with the budget in the lean times.
However, one common problem with packing your pantry full of non-perishables is the storage issue. In the days of manor homes, houses had room-sized pantries where an entire year’s food could be stored. Nowadays though, most homeowners count themselves fortunate if they have a large closet or cabinet where they can stash food. Additionally, wise household managers must figure out how to rotate food to avoid having a pantry full of out-of-date items.
You don’t have to buy hundreds of dollars of organizers from commercial companies, nor do you have to have a professional install a totally new shelving unit in your pantry. Anyone can organize a pantry with inexpensive bins, totes and organizers available at discount stores. Items like dishpans, baskets and large canning jars can keep your pantry in order just as well as expensive organizational products.
Pasta, Baking Products, Rice and Dried Beans
Large quart and half-gallon mason jars are perfect for storing flour, sugar, pasta, dried rice and beans. They are airtight and insect proof, and they will look very nice on the shelves of your pantry. These jars can be ordered online and are also available in many hardware stores. Be sure that you label your jars to avoid mixing up your flour and cornstarch and to remind you of expiration dates. If you can’t find or afford glass jars, airtight plastic canisters work great too.
A can organizer is a valuable tool to help you organize your canned goods. These racks allow you to fill your shelves in the pantry with new cans, but they also roll the oldest cans to the front of the shelf so that you can use them first. Buy several can organizers, and store a different variety of canned good on each one.
Snacks and Chips
Buy several large dishpans in which you can store bagged items like potato chips and individual-sized snacks. This will help you avoid the common problem of half-eaten bags of snacks being pushed to the very back of the pantry and being forgotten. Dishpans can also be used to corral smaller items like taco seasoning and spices.
Massive Quantities of Items
Say there was a sale on cereal, so you stocked up. Of course, there is no reason to have a dozen boxes of cereal on display in the pantry, especially if that means that the kids will open four or five boxes at one time and let them go stale. To store the extra items, you may want to buy a few large snap-top totes. You can store these in the bottom of the pantry under the lowest shelf and restock your shelves with these stored foodstuffs as you use shelved items.
Having an organized, efficient pantry is not an impossible or expensive undertaking. Use commonly found containers to organize your pantry on the cheap.
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