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Winter is the time that we all love to regroup, reorganize, and restock. No longer are we concerned about yard work and outdoor projects. We can now turn inward and focus on what is going on within our dwelling spaces.

This makes it a great opportunity to stock up (within reason) on emergency supplies, canned goods, and nonperishables for the cold winter months ahead.

Here are five pantry organization tips when buying and storing pantry back stock:

Clean and Take Inventory

Clean out the pantry and update the design to store more canned and dry goods in the house. Pantry organization will help you to quickly see where the gaps are in your inventory. You can keep better track of what you are buying with respect to the goods you already have, meaning less food goes to waste.

Categorize and Create Dedicated Spaces

Create a shelving storage area for paper goods, cleaning supplies, and detergents in the basement or garage. Store small appliances that tend to be for occasional use in these spaces if possible. These steps will free up more space for food storage and make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for in the kitchen pantry.

Having shelves in the pantry allows for easy access. In addition, updating shelving in closets can maximize storage possibilities, as shown in the corner pantry below.

Create a Rotating System

Find a rotation system for canned food so that the rotation moves from oldest to newest can as far as expiration dates go. Save room for the new purchases towards the back of the shelves to keep the rotation flowing.

Proper Food Storage

If you plan to keep a lot of pre-frozen food or decide to freeze fresh foods, invest in a chest freezer. A few years ago, they were hard to come by. Fortunately, we can easily buy them now and there are plenty of brands to choose from. Winter conditions, such as snowstorms or heavy rains, are good reasons for having meat already stored in the freezer.

Start Stocking Up

Keep extra stock of the basics:

  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Oil
  • Sugar
  • Dried beans
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Frozen goods

Once the major holiday season comes to a close, there will be more deals to be found…a perfect time to stock up and save. If your pantry has been properly designed, you will be able to not only fit more items in the space, but you will most likely be able to see everything at a glance as well!

This walk-in pantry is a great design for maximizing space for both food and other necessities. Remember these pantry organization tips when putting away new groceries.

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The kitchen pantry gets more “foot traffic” throughout the day than a clothes closet. If you have not updated this important space in your home, make it a 2024 New Year Resolution. You’ll enjoy the newly organized space every day all throughout the day. Contact us today to get started!