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How to organise your pantry

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The pantry is one area of the home that can get messy pretty quickly, especially when you’re a typically busy mum. But here are some tricks you can utilise to get it (and keep it) more organised…

NSM Jessica recently wrote on the NSM Facebook Group page:

‘I desperately need to organise my pantry. Looking for ideas! Please feel free to spam me with photos of your pantry for some motivation.’

And here are some of the fabulous solutions our NSM mums had to offer…

Natalie: Have you looked on Pinterest? I had a rental application accepted on a house which had a pantry and I got a little overexcited. (Yes, sad I know!) House fell through, but I found lots of ideas on Pinterest.

Kellie: Chuck out anything you have and go buy matching multipurpose containers that all sit on top of each other. Buy good-quality rather than the cheapies. Have a big clean out before you start using the containers. Use a high shelf for unopened items (no-one looks there), have one shelf with containers and areas/baskets for snacks, and a separate area for tins. Personally, I love Tupperware – it’s worth every cent as it lasts forever, washes well and is generally see-through.

Aletia: We have some quite deep, tall shelves in our pantry, so I bought some IKEA VARIERA shelf inserts to help make better use of the space, while still being able to access everything. 

Sarah: I swear by Tupperware Modular Mates. They all stack together and you can get any size! Label them and then eliminate opened packets. This is our walk-in pantry in our newly reno’d kitchen. Have Tupperware up top and cans etc as well as spare unopened stuff in drawers. Have a pull-out pantry in the kitchen for sauces etc.

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Walk-in pantry.

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Pull-out pantry.

Brooke: I highly recommend Tupperware, too! No more half-open packets, no more moths or weevils, and so much easier to find everything. Sarah, you have one fantastic pantry!

Jenny: Kmart has very similar stackable tubs to these Tupperware ones. A less expensive option. Same sizes and black lids… Here’s my top pantry. I also have three pull-out drawers for cans, etc.

All nicely stacked.

All nicely stacked.

Rose: Anyone can have a look at my page Pick Me! Organisers for blogs, tips and inspiration. First, take a look at what you have at hand in terms of storage – you would be surprised at what you will have lurking in your cupboards (all around your home), then look at what has expired in your cupboards as well. Never buy anything new until you know a) what you have, and b) the size of the physical space that needs to fit the stuff. I love Tupperware and Kmart Organising stuff, but when an old cereal box can be reused to store foil, plastic wrap etc, you can easily save time, money and the environment – just cover it with some funky contact paper.

Thank you for the inspiration ladies. I did a big clean out and re-stacked everything
until I find time to get some containers to get organised! ~ Jessica

5 quick tips to help get your pantry in shape

  1. Insert a portable wine on a tall shelf to organise bottles of sauce, oils and vinegar etc
  2. Buy some cute storage baskets in the same size (so they look uniform on the shelves) to hide packets of cereal, herbs, pasta etc
  3. Pop a lazy Susan on a shelf to hold your cans. That way you won’t need to pull out heavy and awkward cans to see the ones behind them – you can just spin the wheel to see them all!
  4. If you transfer your herbs and spices to small jars/containers, make sure you label them with their name and best before date. Otherwise, you may forget what’s in the containers, and how long you’ve had the ingredient, and just end up throwing them out a year later.
  5. Store the most frequently used items on the middle shelves (eye level) for convenience. And store appliances on a lower shelf, so that you’re not trying to pull heavy items out and down on top of your head.

If you have any other pantry makeover solutions we’d love to hear them in the comments section below.

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