I hope you enjoyed part 1 and part 2 of the #uncomplicate your pantry series. Between tossing out expired foods and creating zones, you are well on your way to a beautifully organized and uncomplicated pantry.
This week’s #uncomplicate tip meets at the intersection of form and function. It takes your pantry zones to the next level of organization. It’s what I call “decanting” your foods.
What is decanting you ask? It is taking foods out of their packaging and putting them into containers so that you can find them more easily, see your inventory on hand, and know exactly what you have and what you need.
This is especially important and necessary if you shop in bulk either at big box stores or from bins at grocery stores.
Foods that are packaged into individual servings should definitely be removed from their box or plastic container because they take up more space on the shelf and hide the contents inside.
Even foods that are boxed but are sold in multipacks should be separated so they can be arranged on the shelf to utilize the space better.
I like to buy oatmeal, nuts, and some cereals in bulk and then transfer them to glass jars when I get home. It makes it so much easier to keep track of what we have on hand.
Drinks are perfect for decanting, even tea bags.
This week I want you to decant (if you can) your pantry.
- Take the plastic off of multi packs of foods, even drinks
- Empty bulk foods into containers. This is a good way to utilize glass jars with lids
- Remove additional packaging where you can
When you take food out of the excess packaging you are able to utilize the zones you created last week better. Bakets, bins, and other containers can help with this as well.
Stay tuned to next week’s post on favorite pantry organizing tools!