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How do you KEEP your pantry/stockpile organized?

post #1 of 9
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I don't have trouble organizing my pantry, but it still always seems like a mess! Stuff gets shoved back in there as I'm cooking or cleaning up, or the kids rummage around trying to find their favorite snacks.  Incidentally, the snacks are all organized right there in a big bowl for them.

 

I have the same problem with my stockpile, on a shelf in the garage. I just stick whatever I bought at Costco, or whatever cereal doesn't fit in the pantry right on top of whatever is out there already.

 

Any tips for keeping a pantry organized?  Do you label your shelves? 

post #2 of 9
I won't be much help. Mine gets messy too! I do have a small wire shelf that I use for 2 layers of canned goods, and I group like items. Also, unopened jar-type goods are on the same basic shelf. I try to keep soup on another shelf, so it doesn't become mixed up with the other canned goods. Canned chicken & tuna are on the same shelf as the soup, but they're on the side. I don't buy cream of chicken, etc. since I will make a roux using the powdered chicken bullion (that save space too!). Cereal and light bulbs are on the bottom shelf. I use the top of our refrigerator for storage too. Pasta, rice, dried beans, etc. are stored in either the freezer or in sealed containers (some in canisters on the counter or in containers stored inside the kitchen cabinets).
post #3 of 9

I have the large metal racks like the stores do in my shed and try to keep my storage organized as if it were in the market place.  I have designated shelves for fruits, grains, vegetables, seasonings, oils, sprays etc, cleaning supplies, personal hygeine items ets.  It really helps when I'm in a hurry and have to find things.  I also bottle a lot of my beans, ground beef, chicken, jellies, fuits and veg and have shelves seperate because they are a bit more perishable than those in cans.
 

post #4 of 9

My canned goods and rice, pasta and stuff like that is on the top shelf.

Soups and fruit are on the second shelf

cake mixes, cookie mixes, chocolate chips are on the third shelf

extra pickles, bar-bq sauce, oil etc.. on are the fourth shelf

Last shelf is crackers, nuts, raisins etc.....

All of the toothpaste, soap, razors, shampoo, etc.... is in an extra closet in the bathroom.

Cleaning supplies is in an extra cabinet in the utility room.

 

And it is pretty easy to keep clean and organized since it is just E and myself.

post #5 of 9

I want what my parents have. The emergency can food rack. You roll your cans in and they roll to the back and then to the front so the oldest is always first.

 

Myself I have one grocery trip a month that I use my list. Its a list of everything I like to keep stocked. Stocking up once a month has helped I don't have an over abundance of things and I make a list of what needs to be replenished.

 

I have used mailing labels on my metal racks in my laundry room (I don't have a real pantry) I don't keep a huge stockpile. 

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by ember15 View Post

I want what my parents have. The emergency can food rack. You roll your cans in and they roll to the back and then to the front so the oldest is always first.

 

Myself I have one grocery trip a month that I use my list. Its a list of everything I like to keep stocked. Stocking up once a month has helped I don't have an over abundance of things and I make a list of what needs to be replenished.

 

I have used mailing labels on my metal racks in my laundry room (I don't have a real pantry) I don't keep a huge stockpile. 

I like those can racks, but I don't have enough space for a separate row for each thing, so I'd have to mess it up to get out what I needed! 

 

Mailing labels are a good idea.

post #7 of 9
I just make it a point to put everything away neatly. If I take something out, I put it back the same way. It doesn't always work, but 9 times out of 10 it does smile.gif
post #8 of 9

mine gets messy all the time( DH and the kids)...so i end up tidying it once a week or i cannot find anything!

post #9 of 9

We don't have much storage space in our kitchen so if I have a surplus of items I keep them hidden in a cabinet that stores dishes and as we run low I replenish it from there. I do 100% of the shopping so I know what all is there so no worries about letting stuff expire.

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