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Ways to Organize Pantry



Throw it in and Shut the Door:
  This might be the preferred method for closet pantries.  Of course, sooner or later, the system collapses and no one in the house gets to eat due to lost food.


Assign Home to Each Item:
Group items into types:  Example:  cereal shelf, canned foods shelf, baking items shelf. 

Organize Alphabetically:  This is particularly effective with small spice containers.


Organize by Category:  Baking items together, breakfast foods together, etc.


Organize by Most Used:  Store most-used items at eye-level.


Organized by "Kid-Friendly":  Put items like cereal, or beverages, where kids can reach them easily (or not!).

Organize by Color:
Place all your "green" things on one shelf and mark the edge of the shelf green, such as peas and beans).  On another shelf place all orange things like carrots and peaches, etc. On another place all red things such as beets, catsup, tomato sauce,  cranberries, etc. For another shelf place all yellow things: corn, pineapple, and mustard. A white shelf could include: macaroni, potatoes, onions, apple sauce.


Organize by Weight:  Heavy objects like cans on the bottom shelves - light objects like napkins and paper plates on top shelves.


Organize by Size:  Bulky items (or items purchased in bulk) go on the floor.  This method could also be called "it fits where it fits!"  depending on if that awkward space next to the air duct is the perfect place for a skinny jar of spaghetti noodles.  Of course, tall items in the back, short items in the front for maximum efficiency.


Organize Seasonally:  Soups for many people would just be fall/winter meal.


Take the Best, Leave the Rest!  Most pantries are a combination system that borrows from the above styles (even the throw it in and hopes it stays!).