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Pantry and Cabinet Organization
Today we are talking about pantry organization. Not everyone has one, so this can apply to cabinets too. My kitchen is ridiculously small, with almost no cabinet space. I have a small pantry off of my kitchen that I use for my daily cooking and baking needs. I bought some really nice bins and small containers from the Dollar Tree. I sort all my oils, vinegars, and some condiments in separate bins, so they don’t tip and spill. If they do, it’s easier to clean one bin, than a mess on the floor.
The containers, shown below, are all hinged so I can scoop or pour out what I need. The larger are for my flours and cereals. I found these at Walmart. The smaller, hinged ones, I use for my bread crumbs. I also keep homemade oatmeal packets (recipe below) in a bin by the cereal.
Don’t laugh at me, but I keep my rice in a pet food container, washed of course. I keep my rice measuring cup for my rice cooker right in the container. I have a “sick bin” too, especially with cold season around the corner. Cans of chicken broth, gingerale, saltine crackers, herbal tea, honey and cough drops are items I always keep on hand.
The empty space on the shelf above, is used for items I “shop” for in my big pantry. That is where I put ingredients I’ll need for upcoming dinners, usually one or two days worth.
In my cabinet above my stove I have my cooking wines and my miscellaneous things that I rarely use.
As I said, our kitchen is small. We remodeled our basement a few years ago, and converted a small room into a walk-in pantry. This is where I “shop”. I usually pick up extra of our regular staples, so I can stock up a little. I keep packets of mixes in bins and snacks for my husband’s lunches.
There are 2 reasons I love to use bins. I can pull them out to find what I need, without things getting lost in the back of the shelf, and keeping “like” items together in one spot.
I’m hope this helps you find inspiration for your cabinets or pantries, and you don’t need to spend a fortune.
- A large container Quick Cooking Oats 42oz.
- Brown sugar
- Snack size zipper baggies
- In each baggie, put 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Zip the baggie. Use 3/4-1 cup of hot water or milk to make each packet.
- You can also add in raisins, dried fruits, cinnamon, chocolate chips, whatever else you like in your oatmeal