My husband and I have recently made the decision to move to a smaller house this summer. Chances are this move will involve relocating from Colorado (where I have lived my entire life) to the beautiful state of Washington. We want to start this new chapter in our lives fresh, without being burdened by boxes and boxes or clutter. As far as my kitchen goes, the only food products I want to pack are some spices, oils and vinegars.
However, my pantry is quite full with an assortment of items. I have challenged myself to cook everything in my pantry in the next 9 months. So each week, I am going to be taking one item out of my pantry and finding new and interesting ways to use it.
Before you can even begin a project like this, the first step is to organize your pantry. I find it useful to reorganize my pantry about once every three months. I’m always surprised by all of the items I find that I have completely forgotten about. By reorganizing frequently, it helps with inspiration and gets the creative juices flowing.
I have found it’s useful to use lots of clear containers, all of the same type and size to make it easier to find everything and I can see what’s in the back without having to pull everything out. I use 1/2 and 1 quart sized deli containers. This type of container is great for small spaces. You can save and rewash to-go containers you get from Chinese take-out and delis, but they can also be purchased at Amazon.
What are your favorite pantry organization tips? Leave a comment, or tweet a picture of your pantry to @edenblanchard.
I hope you’ll consider joining me on this challenge!