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Organizing the Pantry in Your New Home

Moving into a new home is exciting but staring down the mountain of boxes in your new home can be overwhelming. You dread the long days of unpacking, assembling, and arranging in your future.

It can take days or even weeks to do enough to make the house feel like a home. However, there’s one task you can complete right away that is simple and painless, organizing the pantry.

You’re probably wondering why you should care about how the pantry looks when you don’t have furniture yet. In all likelihood, it won’t be on your to-do list for the next six months.

However, spending an hour or two rearranging the pantry will make life a little more smooth as you settle in, and the act of taking charge of this important space will make you start to feel care and pride in your new home.

Think About Traffic

How often do you and your family members duck inside the pantry and scan its shelves, only a few hundred times a day, right? The pantry isn’t just a place you go when you’re hungry, but also when you’re feeling bored or stressed.

When moving into a new home, it’s important to pay attention to the rooms and items you’ll use the most. There’s a reason why most people set up their beds first before they worry about their coat racks. The pantry is one of those essential places.

How to Start Organizing the Pantry

What does your family prioritize? What are their main needs? That’s where you should start as you begin to design the pantry layout. Organize the food by its function.

If your family is always busy, you could keep some high-protein, grab-and-go snacks in a designated basket. If you’re trying to get fit, keep the healthier foods at the front. If your spouse has a caffeine addiction, make the coffee pods are easily accessible.

With only a few minutes of planning, this tip will save you time and energy in searching for what you need. Those are valuable commodities when you’re unpacking everything you own.

Use Every Inch of Space

By taking a few minutes to make a game plan, you can avoid the all-too-common pitfalls of a messy, overflowing cupboard.

After you’ve decided on your layout, use the shapes of each container to determine how you’ll store each set of items. If some are hard to fit together, consider using clear plastic bins to store items like rice and cereal.

When everything has an assigned spot, it’s much easier to maintain the system that’s already in place. If the oatmeal box fits perfectly next to the applesauce, why move them around and ruin a good thing?

Find More Useful Home and Moving Tips

Organizing the pantry is essential, but it’s only the first step in a long process of making a house into the perfect home. Check out Brad Dahler’s blog for more expert advice on what to do before, during, and after the move to create the house of your dreams.