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January 16, 2021

Weekend Project – Organize Your Kitchen Pantry

Acadian Homes incorporates a pantry into each new home design on the MS Gulf Coast. Although ample storage is much appreciated, the kitchen pantry is one of those areas that can quickly become a mess. Older cans and boxes get pushed to the back and are eventually forgotten altogether. How many of us have found cans of green beans dating back a decade or two during a spring cleaning? Or a box of crackers that went stale because you forgot (or did not know) it was opened?

“Organizing is something you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. – A. A. Milne, Author of Winnie the Pooh and other children’s books

If you have a free weekend and are looking for a satisfying project, consider a pantry clean-out and reorganization. It will eliminate some stress if you can see the groceries and supplies you have and make sure they’re fresh! Here are a few quick ways to bring order to your food pantry.

  1. Use Clear Storage Containers – Using clear and stackable storage containers with simple labels will make it easy to see the food, save valuable space and keep the food fresher longer.
  2. Use the Door Space – A great use of the pantry door is to add a storage rack to the door itself. Use shelves and baskets to corral spices and favorite snacks or smaller items that can get lost.
  3. Chalkboard Lists – Another great use for the inside of the pantry door, or an area near the pantry, is to use chalkboard paint to create a place to keep lists. Use this chalkboard to keep track of items you need as you use them, or to keep an inventory of what you have in the pantry, so it gets used before it expires.
  4. Sort the Items – Organize your pantry by use. For example, keep baking supplies together to allow for easy access when you want to make cookies, or organize all the kids’ snacks on a shelf that’s within their reach (or out of reach, if it’s treated!).
  5. Keep Things Well-Lit – Finally, don’t neglect the lighting in your pantry. If you have an area that has become a “black hole,” add lighting, either wired or battery, to help make sure you can see what’s back there.

A well-organized pantry is just a weekend away and will make cooking and grocery shopping much more comfortable. When building a brand-new home, pay attention to the amount of storage in the kitchen.

Successful organizing is based on the recognition that people get organized because they, too, have a vision. ~ Paul Wellstone

For more information about designing a custom home in Gulfport, MS, or anywhere on the MS Gulf Coast, feel free to contact Susan Siemiontkowski, our New Home Specialist, at 228-239-2621.

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