A pantry is a great space for storing kitchen must-haves. It’s also a mecca for clutter, dirt and expired food. Clean it out now with these five tips to make the job less of a pain.
Pamper your pantry
Cleaning out your pantry might seem like a huge chore, but it’s really not that bad (we promise!). Use these tips to get the job done quickly and easily. You’ll love the results!
Empty it out
You’re never going to get that pantry clean when all the shelves are full of cans and boxes. The first thing you need to do is clean it out. Empty everything (yes, we mean everything) out of pantry and set it all out on your kitchen counters or floor.
It’s easiest to purge while you’re emptying your pantry. Nothing you won’t use should make it on to your kitchen counter. Instead, put those items in one of these two places:
Now that those shelves are gloriously empty, let’s get them sparkling clean. You don’t want to use any harsh chemicals because this where you store your food. Instead, fill a bowl or small bucket with warm water and a drop or two of dish soap and use that solution to scrub your pantry clean. Use the handheld extension in your vacuum to make sure the floor and all corners are clear of dirt and crumbs.
Now that your pantry is clean, you’re ready to load it back up. But don’t just throw everything in wherever it will fit — there must be a method to your madness! Put items you use every day, like cereals and breads, at eye level, where they’re easy to see and reach.
Group like items together, so canned fruits and veggies, soups and snacks all have their place. Afraid you won’t be able to keep that up? Use a label maker to clearly define everything’s new home.
Small items like seasoning packets and tiny jars tend to get lost in a big pantry. Use baskets and bins to ensure these tiny items all stay together and within reach.
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