Your Perfect Pantry

You have seen those pantries that are just so – they blanket the pages of magazines. We may have a few friends with them. Even the most dysfunctional families on TV seem to have incredibly well organized pantries. Here is what you don’t know – with a few hours, some initiative, and some upkeep, you can have a perfect pantry too. The best thing is it not only looks nice and will make your friends envious, but as you go through your daily life, it will save you time and money. Are you ready to get started? Step One: Declutter Your Pantry Before starting this project, clear off a counter or table near your pantry to use as you empty your pantry Empty the pantry, starting with the top shelf, working left to right. Empty one shelf at a time. Sort the items onto a counter or table as you remove them. Keep like items together – cans, snacks, cereals, baking, paper products, small appliances, etc. Check expiration dates on packaged food products and discard anything that is expired. Set aside anything you no longer want to keep. Discard anything that is stale or no longer fresh enough to use. Unopened unexpired food can be donated to a local food pantry. Set aside anything that does not need to be in the pantry. This is especially important if you have a smaller pantry. Infrequently used items may be able to be stored elsewhere in your home.   Step Two: Cleaning Now that you have an empty pantry, it is time to clean. Cleaning green is all the rage and...

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