Day 13: Pantry {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 13: Pantry {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Day 13: Pantry {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're decluttering the pantry.  If you don't have a separate pantry, declutter whatever kitchen cupboard(s) you keep your food in.

Ever opened your pantry door and had boxes of macaroni fall on your head?  Or rushed out to buy more cans of something you need for dinner, thinking you were out, and then found 3 more cans buried at the back of the cupboard the next day?

Pantries need to be decluttered from time to time.  Food gets pushed to the back when we add new food and then over time we forget it's there and it expires.  Or we waste time searching for things we know we have, but just can't find.  It's all a waste of time and money.

So, take 10-15 minutes today to declutter your pantry!

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Your Pantry

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your pantry:

  • Toss any items that are past their expiry date (unless it's something you still feel comfortable eating past the date - that's your call!)
  • If necessary, throw out items that have evidence of "visitors"
  • Relocate items that do not belong in your pantry (based on the purpose you determined in step #1 above)
  • Give away or donate any food products you bought, tried, and decided you didn't like {food banks love donated items but PLEASE make sure everything you donate is not expired!}
  • Get rid of foods or ingredients you won't likely eat or use (e.g. that spice you bought to bake something but have never used again)
  • Combine/consolidate items where practical to reduce the number of open packages
  • Have a "pantry swap" with neighbours or friends - each person brings several items from their pantry that they don't use and everyone chooses things they do like

Even if you're an organized person, your pantry probably needs some occasional purging.  But if you haven't done it in awhile, take a few minutes today to get it done.  You'll be glad you did!

My Pantry

I organized my pantry earlier this year.  It still looks pretty much like this picture, aside from different varieties or brands of some of the foods.

My Organized Pantry

If you haven't seen how I organized it, or if you want a refresher, you can check it out by clicking on the link below the picture.

This pantry is in our breakfast nook and we use it mainly for breakfast, lunch, and snack items (and a few small appliances that don't fit in the rest of our cupboards).  Our dinner foods and baking ingredients are in the main area of our kitchen, closer to where we actually cook and bake.  The whole kitchen is very small and has little cupboard space, so this stand-alone pantry is a lifesaver!

I love how easy it is to find things now, and I'm more aware of what we have and what we need to buy.  And that less cluttered look makes me feel better when I open the doors :)

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

There are TONS of great pantries online to give you ideas!  If you want to organize yours, now that you've decluttered it, here are a few to help you out.

  • My friend Leslie just shared how she organized her new craftsman pantry.  How pretty is this?!

Goodbye House, Hello Home

  • I love the use of lazy susans in this pantry!

Fancy Frugal Life

  • If you also use open baskets with labels like in this picture, it would really help your whole family find things.

The Three Sweet Peas

  • You can use under-the-shelf wire baskets to help maximize the vertical space in your pantry.
Mrs. January

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If You're On A Roll...

You can go beyond decluttering your pantry, and organize it to help keep it from getting cluttered.  You don't have to spend a fortune or make yours look like some of the magazine-worthy pictures on Pinterest.  But use the ideas you see online, to figure out how to make your pantry work for you.

You can read more organizing tips in this post from last year's series.

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

How many items of food did you declutter today?  How do you organize your pantry to keep the clutter at bay?  Any purging tips I missed?

Happy organizing decluttering!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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  1. I love 💕 you. Thank y💖u for helping my life!!! 💖💕💖💕💖

  2. You make it look so fun. The pictures are so very helpful!
    Thank you.


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