The truth is, pantry organization ideas can make your cooking (and eating) routine a lot easier. The benefits, like easy access to curated yummies, will easily outweigh the time put in with a label maker, for instance. Taking stock of spices, condiments, and extra jars of peanut butter can reduce waste and save you some cash.
London-based home organization retailer Joseph Joseph conducted a study showing that people’s mental well-being was impacted positively after cleaning, organizing, and decluttering their homes—96% of participants reported feeling more positive and motivated. “By being clever, you’ll be able to free up space you didn’t even know you had,” says the brand’s cofounder Richard Joseph. For a true pantry makeover, clear out old boxes and food items—throw out snacks with old expiration dates and donate unwanted canned goods.
“Liners prevent damage to the wood and paint and make future clean-ups so much easier,” says Catherine Benson, cleaning and organization aficionado based in Lexington, Kentucky.