I am happy to announce that Andrea is the winner of the Organizing Bonanza Day 7 FaceBook Photo Contest. She uploaded a photo of the messiest area of her kitchen! Professional Organizer Yvette Clay was the judge and she gladly shared some advice on how Andrea (and you!) can organize your pantry!
Here is Andrea's Photo:
Here is the advice Yvette provided:
"Organizing a pantry space can be challenging, especially when you have such limited space. First step is to take everything out of the pantry and sort into like categories. Here are ones that we recommend you use when putting things back into the space:
- Breakfast – cereals, pancake mixes, breads
- Canned Goods – vegetables, beans, soups, tomatoes
- Pasta, Rice & Beans
- Snacks – chips, crackers, granola bars
- Baking – flour, sugar, mixes
- Jams & Jellies
- Oils & Vinegars
Make sure to check expiration dates as you pull items out of the pantry and dispose of them.
The key to pantry storage is visibility. You need to be able to clearly see what you have in order to make proper selections. This also helps to keep you from overbuying. More often used items should be stored at eye level and within arm’s reach. Lesser used items or overstock should be stored on a higher shelf.
Once you have purged and sorted all the items, next step is to prepare the pantry space. You are the winner of a Rubbermaid Adjustable Over-the-Door Organizer! This is a fantastic product and is a wonderful way to create additional storage in your pantry. It has removable bins which allow you to transport ingredients to your cooking area and then easily put them back into place. This might be a great place to store all of your cooking oils, mixes and sauces.
In order to create additional space on your pantry shelves, you can also use Rubbermaid’s Expanding Helper Shelves. Adding another shelf allows you to utilize the vertical space that is often lost. These Helper Shelves work great for canned goods. You can double stack the cans without having them directly on top of each other.
The No Slip Turn Tables are a great storage option for spices. The two tiers allow you again to maximize that vertical space and be able to find things quickly.
Finally, in order to reduce a lot of the box bulk that you have, the Rubbermaid Modular Canisters are the perfect solution for you. They are space efficient and keep items just as fresh with the snap tight lids. You can label them so you don’t lose any visibility.
Congratulations and good luck!"
Thanks Yvette for this great advice and good luck organizing Andrea!
Remember that Yvette is a part of the expert team of organizers for the new Rubbermaid Personalized Organizing service. If you want her to give you advice like above about your unorganized pantry, check out the service at www.rubbermaidpersonalizedorganizing.com.