Here at Decluttering Diva, we understand how difficult it can be to stay organised all the time. Trust us, no one is perfect when it comes to staying organised. However, we must say that we are better than most. We specialise in working with those who struggle with chronic disorganisation issues. Similar to working with a personal trainer who you hire to help you lose weight, Decluttering Diva can help you with hands on support and expert, practical advice to help you lose your clutter for good. Because of our expertise in this area, Bupa Life Insurance featured us in their recent post about ‘How to Declutter Your Home and Your Life’. Here are some of our tips to help you tackle the dreaded kitchen pantry, one of the most common culprits of disorganisation.
Clear It Out
Start by taking everything out so that you can see what you are working with. Check every bottle or box for expiration dates and throw out anything that is past its prime. If there are any duplicates, combine them into one container, if possible. If there is any food that you and your family are unlikely to eat but that is still good, you may want to consider donating it to a local food bank or shelter. Once you have consolidated everything, take inventory to figure out if there is anything you’ll need to buy the next time you are at the store so that you have everything you need.
Tidy It Up
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the excess, it’s time to start putting things away. Don’t just shove everything back into the pantry. Take some time to really think about where things will go so that they are convenient and easy to access when you need them. For condiments or seasonings, a Lazy Susan can be a great way to stay organised. This way, you won’t have to worry about jars getting lost and forgotten at the back of the shelf. Simply rotate the Lazy Susan to find what you are looking for with ease.
Keep It That Way
Here comes the hard part: keeping your pantry organised for the long haul. Schedule a time to maintain the organisation of your pantry. It could be every week or once a month. The point is to set a schedule that works best for you. Each time you organise, put everything that moved back into its rightful place and double-check expiration dates. The more often you stay on top of your organisation, the easier it will be to maintain. With just a little bit of effort, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to keep everything in order so that you can always find that jar of oregano when you need it.