We did not realize how much stuff we accumulated until we move to a studio apartment in San Diego, California. Especially in a small space, clutter can completely take over and make your home feel even smaller than it already is. Get it under control and take back your space, no excuses.
Getting your pantry cabinet organized will make it so much easier for your family to make healthy food choices. I know this is daunting but the best way to start organizing is to remove all of the items from your pantry. Set up an area on a kitchen countertop or on a large table where you can lay all your pantry items. Wipe down your pantry cabinet once it is empty. Do this before you start grouping your items into categories to give it time to dry.
Make a pile for "To Throw" items, these are your expired foods as well as those bags of chips or any food that are already open and were not sealed properly and that had been sitting in your pantry for the longest time that you don't even remember you have them in there. Make sure to prepare trash bins, segregate items that you can still recycle and repurpose from the items that you need to discard.
Make a pile for "To Donate" food items, these are your unexpired food items that you will not be consuming anymore. In our case, I will be donating my toddler's baby food since she is eating regular food now and has already outgrown most of the baby food like her teething crackers and soft baby food.
Make a pile for "To Keep" items, these are your unexpired pantry staples. Gather like items so it is easier for you to find what you need. Group them into breakfast, snacks, grains, nuts, baking and so on.
Our pantry is a 4-shelf vertical storage 16 inches wide. Be sure to measure the depth of your shelves as well as the space between them before you go to the container store to help you determine the size and the number of jars and storage containers you will be needing.
I did not use this technique but you can maximize your storage by installing wire racks on the backs of cabinet doors as well as adding undershelf baskets. Foods that don't get everyday use like emergency food supplies will be placed all the way to the back while the pantry staples are in the front.
I love collecting pasta sauce glass containers and repurpose them to store my pantry staples. Since I did not have enough glass containers, I had to purchase a few from the container store. As much as possible, try to avoid using plastic containers to store your food. Although not all plastic release harmful chemicals, it is still best to avoid them to help the environment.
Label all your containers with the type of food inside. Do not forget to write the expiration date at the bottom of the glass jar. I use liquid chalk markers for glass that is non-toxic and easy to remove by just wiping with a damp cloth. I use black bin clip labels for my storage baskets.
Many canisters are stackable so you can utilize all of the space between pantry shelves. I used a large 3-tier bamboo expanding shelf to maximize the limited space that I have, this is very practical since the bamboo shelf extends to custom fit your cabinet space. I would want to purchase a gravity can feeder however it does not fit in our pantry so I just stacked all our canned goods on one side to save space.
I am sharing this minimalist and affordable pantry makeover video because I think this room transformation as well as the before and after is absolutely amazing. We live in a very limited space. Our pantry is very small. I think my pantry is officially pinterest worthy! Let me know in the comments section down below if you want to see more videos like this. I am planning to make a series on organization, minimalism and small space living. Thank you for watching my video, I would love to share more videos of our minimalist home and how we live simply and slowly in the city.