Here's how I clean and organize my pantry.
- To start with, I get a large trash bag and a folding table. I set up the folding table right outside the door and the trash can next to that. I start at the top of pantry and work my way down.
- Remove everything from the top shelf and place it on the table.
- Wipe down the shelf and then sort through the items you removed, checking dates and contents. Anything that has expired throw away, combine other items if you have a couple of half containers.
- Place the items back on the shelf with the oldest items in front so that they'll get used up first and the newer ones behind those. Place the items you won't be using as much on a top or bottom shelf.
HINT: Try using baskets and bins to keep smaller items together. For example; I have a plastic shoe boxes for chocolate chips and baking chocolate, one for nuts, coconut and baking candies.
Try using large bin for pastas, a bin for rice and beans, a bin for condiments, and a bin for dry seasoning. None of my bins match but it's my pantry- who cares!!
One thing that I find really handy, I have an airtight tub that I keep all of my bread making ingredients and bread recipes in. That makes it easy to pull out and have everything that I need to make a batch of bread with.
Have a great week.