First of all, I empty all cardboard containers into plastic containers. Then I label them: pastas, rice, chips, crackers, spices, sugar, flour, etc. I do not use a canister set. They take up too much space on counter top and never really stays fresh.
Items stay fresher and safer in plastic containers. I keep a list on the door of my basic items and check them off when they need replaced. I keep a backup behind each of most used items. For larger items, I separate into smaller containers and do buy in bulk for items used more often especially my spices which are also put in smaller containers. I empty all bagged snacks and cereal as soon as they are bought. I find this saves time and money as items last longer and are all eaten because they remain fresh longer.
I also label my shelves and make sure all items are put back where they belong. That way I don't have two jars of peanut butter open at the same time for example. I don't repackage my oil but do put a small plastic box under it to prevent leaks and save my shelves. It's a system that continues to work and does save me money and time. I love always having my supplies handy whatever I want to cook.
By Lise from Huntersville, NC
Thanks for all the super ideas! I have always wanted to get my pantry organized this way. I have lots of tupperware, and really never use it. I guess because I am analyzing it too much as to how to line them up, stack them, etc. LOL But, I am just going to start transferring foods into them as I bring them home and just put them all in there. Eventually I am sure I will find an arranged that works. As you say, the snacks are the worst, they get spilled, stale, etc. Love the tip about labeling and keeping an inventory. Thanks alot! Putting this on my TO-DO list right now.
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