Earlier this year, there was a lot of discussion about how to safely and orderly stock up your pantry so that you don’t have to rush to the store whenever you need something to eat or cook with. And while having a well stocked and organized pantry can be hard when money or space is tight, there are things you can do to ensure that you have more of the food you need and that everything fits well in its allotted space.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for stocking and organizing your pantry.
Slowly Build Up Your Stores
If you’re starting your pantry from scratch and wanting it to be completely full, you’re going to be investing a lot of money into buying goods. But luckily, there is an easier and less expensive way to do this.
According to Kimberly M. Holland, a contributor to EatingWell.com, your pantry can be stocked by you simply replacing everything that you use from it on a regular basis. And when you go to replace that item, consider getting an extra one or two of that same item to add back into your pantry. It’s that easy. If you do have items that you’ve canned yourself, you’ll likely want to replenish that stock a little less frequently. But by always cooking from your pantry and then replacing what you use, you’ll be able to always have what you need on hand as well as having some extra in case of an emergency without having to buy a ton of food at one time.
Put Your Older Items Up Front
How you have your pantry organized will play a big role in how well you’re able to cycle through the items you have stored there.
To help you get the most use and financial gain from your pantry, Madelyn Fernstrom, a contributor to Today.com, advises that you always put your older items up front and then slowly move items from the back of your shelves to the front of your shelves. By doing this, you’ll always be using the items that were first put in your pantry and will be giving the newer items a longer shelf life.
Keep Items Organized By Zone
Without proper organization, it’s difficult to know what you have in your pantry. This could result in food going bad or in you buying too much of something that you already have.
To combat this, the editors of Better Homes and Gardens recommend that you organize your pantry by zone. Your zone could consist of baking supplies, entertaining foods, meal ideas, canned food, and more.
If you have a hard time keeping your pantry stocked and organized, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you with these tasks.