I must admit that keeping an organized pantry and refrigerator is a challenge for me. The hardest part is knowing what you have, what is about to expire, and what you need to buy. My goal to managing my food stockpile is to save money! I dont want to buy more ground beef when I have 2 lbs in the freezer, or purchase a can of frosting when I already had one in the cupboard.
If you use a closet as your pantry — I suggest building a system that works for you either with ClosetMaid shelving or built in solid shelving. I prefer the solid wood in pantries because items dont tip over like the do with ClosetMaid.
- Keep a running list (either handwritten or electronic) of items in the freezer and pantry
- Make your weekly menu plan from this list & buy only what you need
- Empty everything in your pantry (you will thank me later)
- Clean the shelves
- Toss anything that is expired — donate anything that you dont need or even like — sort the rest
- Store flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, etc in clear canisters with tight fitting lids (label the canisters)
- Use risers for canned goods and spices
- Use undershelf baskets (if you have space) to keep bread uncrushed and off the counter
- Maximize door space (shelves that you attach to the door or corkboard)
- Shelves attached to the door are great for items that you will need this coming week for a meal or items that are about to expire
- Corkboard is great for keeping that inventory list handy or to showcase a recipe