Organizing Tips for a Pantry:
Step One: When wanting to organize a pantry take everything out! Once you get everything out then you go through everything you just took out and see what's good and what's not. Once you throw out the bad stuff it's time to move on to step two.
Step Two: Find or go buy baskets/shelf extender and anything you need to make this project happen. A lot of people will take everything out then wonder what do with everything so that's when the baskets and portable shelf's come in handy. Once you have your baskets and etc...decide how you want everything put back.
Step Three:Put your baskets in place and then use those to store bagged items like extra bags of rice,beans,lentils,noodles and etc.
Use the portable shelf's for your canned items that way the cans take up less space! And you can also use portable shelf's for smaller jars like baby food.It kinda depends on the height of the shelving you bought. Use a lazy susan to hold peanut butter,syrup,honey,baking soda and etc. A cheap way to make a lazy susan is to buy to two round cake pans and marbles! You put the marbles between the cake pans and voila you have a lazy susan!
Step Four: If you have extra items like coffee pots, waffle makers,blenders...etc...find one area in your pantry and use that area to store those items.
Step Five: Make zones for your pantry. Example: Zone One: Baby Food and snacks. Zone Two: Baking Items.Zone Three:Canned and Jar Foods.
Zone Four: Bulk Items.
Zone Five: Canisters that hold flour,sugar,cornmeal,pancake mix and etc. Zone Six: Small appliances.
-Once you have your zones it's easier when you have to put everything back-
Step Six: Start putting everything back by zones...don't worry if it's not all the way organized yet because you can organize that when you get everything into it's zones. After you get everything into zones,choose a setup that will work for you and your family.
Example:If I have a shelf and say I have all my kid's snacks and lunch fixings on that one shelf. I have to make sure and put it where they can get to it, not way up on the top shelf. Now for the baking stuff like oil,flour,sugar,cocoa and etc...I would put that on a shelf where the little one's couldn't reach it. So basically just put stuff where you think it would be safe. For me bulk items would get put on the top shelf.
Step Seven:If you bought/have labels use them for canisters. I personally like chalk labels. You can buy them already labeled or you can buy the regular old chalk labels and use a chalk marker to write on them. *Hint* If you use a chalk marker on chalk labels ...IT WILL NOT COME OFF!! So make sure you have good handwriting before using them...Lol!
Step Eight: Do a look over and make sure you didn't miss anything and then and enjoy your pantry!!