If you want to organize your pantry, you are at the right place. I am sharing 40 days to Home Organization and today is Day 4: Organize your Pantry:
- First things first, take the refrigerator approach & start by taking things out. I like to just do one shelf at a time because of the huge mess that it makes. I had my husband line our pantry shelves because everything was falling over:
- This makes the cleaning up even easier because I can just wipe everything down. Once you have a shelf removed and clean, choose where you want things.
- Put “like” items together.
- You could get baskets for your items. My friend, Cheryl, has all of her “like” items together in baskets.
- If you need extra space, add wire shelves. I love this one, from betterhomesandgardens for the bread shelves – they attached a wire shelf to the bottom to add a “shelf” for bread:
- In our pantry, I keep snack foods on the second shelf. It is high enough that our toddler can not get them, but low enough that our 4 and 6 year old can reach them (after asking if they can have a snack). I like them to get it themselves, because they feel responsible.
- I also keep our napkins on the lowest shelf (again- so that our kids can take care of their own needs, if they are simple needs that they can handle). I also keep our chore basket on the lowest shelf for our kids to be able to reach it.
- I keep our medicine box on our top shelf. I use a big box and put all of our medicines in it. This includes everything that we do not use DAILY.
Our Daily medicines: (Vitamins…) go in a little bowl beside the big box, so that we can reach them quickly each day, but they are out of reach for our children. ** None of the kids can reach it, even if they get on a chair. Both places for medicine are COMPLETELY out of reach for our children!
CRAFT & SCHOOL AREA:
In our pantry, I have 3 organizing hanging shelves (pictured below). I use these to organize their school items (You can see how I keep them organized here).
In this over the door organizer, I put the pencils, erasers, etc… low, but I keep my items (dice, bingo spelling items, flash cards, erase-able writing strips) in the higher pockets. A clear one would be better, but I liked the deal, so I just label each of the pockets with a piece of tape that I wrote on.
This has worked out well for me! Two of them are used for Arts/Crafts/kid magazines:
I got each of these for $1 each (check out how at this link)
These have worked out wonderfully & they fit in our pantry!
I also have our play dough box in the pantry:
I also “hide” our 4 and 6 year old’s sight word lists in there (easy for them to see, but since I add words weekly, it doesn’t stay too neat so I like to keep it out of sight.
Example: the white paper was put up this morning since the “wh” words seem to confuse our kids): They get a sticker when they master a word.
I keep my cleaning supplies in my pantry, too, up high (away from the kids). I hope that helped!