The second preparedness challenge of January is to organize your pantry food so you will learn to eat what you store. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to gather a 3-month supply of pantry food, but where do you put it? You’ll be surprised how much more room you will have when you bring order out of chaos. Here are several ideas to help you organize your pantry.
Organize Your Pantry Food
- TAKE EVERYTHING OUT Food or nonfood, take everything out and put it on your kitchen table and counters. Then wipe those shelves clean! Add shelf paper to make it look nice. This project could take several days.
- TOSS IT OUT Throw away expired, damaged, or foods you no longer eat. If you can’t find an expiration date, toss it. Check StillTasty.com for questions about shelf-life.
- GROUP SIMILAR FOOD ITEMS Organize your food into groups such as: small, canned foods, pasta/rice/potatoes, baking ingredients, breakfast items, spices, beverages, etc.
- TAKE AN INVENTORY Print out my 2-page Inventory worksheet on my website printables page. Write down what you have and items you need.
- MOVE UNUSED ITEMS Put holiday items or less used appliances in a closet, the garage, or basement to make room for food in your kitchen. Donate duplicate appliances.
- CORRAL ITEMS Group items in clear containers, canisters, bins, baskets, or door organizers. Reuse containers you already have. Label containers.
- SPICE STORAGE Organize spices alphabetically in a dark cupboard or drawer away from heat.
- OILS AND FAT STORAGE Group cooking oils, shortening, coconut oil and cooking spray together in a dark cupboard away from light and pay attention to the shelf life as they can go rancid.
- GROUP CANNED FOODS Double stack cans putting the same item on the bottom of the stack and a different item on top. You can also use can racks to keep things organized. Adjust the height of your shelves or have an added shelf cut at the hardware store so you have more room.
- USE F.I.F.O (first in first out) Move oldest items to the front and newest to the back after unloading groceries.
- BREAKFAST FOODS Cereal, pancake mix and other breakfast items store well in plastic storage containers. Recycle boxes. Make your own oatmeal mix from long-term oats and dry milk, it will help you rotate it.
- BAKING SUPPLIES Choose storage containers for your baking supplies such as flour, sugar and oats. You can fit more cake mixes on a shelf if they are stacked on top of each other as it fills the overhead space
Here my favorite pantry organization videos.
- 3 Month Supply of Food | Short Term Food Storage Made Easy by Actively Family. This is an excellent explanation of what a 3-month supply is and how to gather items in your pantry).He shares the value of having a 3-month supply).
- PANTRY ORGANIZATION IDEAS!! DREAM PANTRY MAKEOVER | BEFORE & AFTER OF OUR ARIZONA FIXER UPPER by Hannah’s Happy Home
- SMALL PANTRY ORGANIZATION Before & After | Dollar Tree & Ikea by The DIY Mommy
- PANTRY TOUR & ORGANIZATION IDEAS 2020 (for those who want to start prepping) by Simply Cherie (love how she describes it as playing Tetris)
As you organize your pantry food you will feel a sense of satisfaction. You can do it!
Best wishes and stay healthy,
The Food Storage Organizer
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