A pantry is a highly convenient spot for any kitchen. It’s that perfect storage spot that houses a great deal of kitchen foods and gadgets, making it easy for homeowners to quickly grab everything they need to prepare a meal. Yet more often than not, the pantry becomes a mecca for clutter – it’s so easy to throw everything that’s in the way into the pantry for a quick, out-of-sight clean-up. For this reason, it can be a pain to have to clear and clean it out.
Here are some tips to get the job done quickly and easily:
The first thing you need to do is completely clear the entire pantry out. Leave nothing behind. All those boxes and cans that have been lingering in the back of the pantry for months (or even years!) will finally need to see the light of day. You’d be surprised at the things you’ll find when you finally go through the pantry!
Filter Your Items
After everything has been eliminated from the pantry, it’s time to go through all the products and decide what needs to be kept, and what needs to be thrown out. Certain things will be obvious – if you begin to see products seriously deteriorated, it’s time to be pitched. Go through expiry dates – anything that is past due should also be purged. Decide if there are any items that you don’t need – if you haven’t used it in over 6 months, odds are that it’s garbage too. little loves pantry.
Clean the Shelves
You’ll now have the pleasant task of cleaning the shelves. The first vacuum them off with a compact vacuum cleaner to get rid of any crumbs and other debris left behind. Then take a clean cloth soaked in warm water and a little dish soap, and get cleaning. Try not to use any harsh chemical cleaners, since this is where your food is kept. Use a coarse scrubber on spots where food has been caked on.
Once your pantry shelves have been completely cleaned and dried, it’s time to organize all your items and place them back into your pantry in their appropriate spots. You don’t want to start from square one by just mindlessly throwing everything back into the pantry in a completely unorganized manner. Group like items together. For example, on one shelf, place all your cereals and slices of bread together. On another shelf, place your soup cans and broths together. On another, place all your plates of pasta and rice products together. Your snack foods will take yet another shelf. This way, you know exactly where everything is, and don’t have to waste your time sifting through everything to find what you need.
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