I will walk you through how to clean out your pantry for a more organized and neat kitchen. You are only six steps away from having an organized space that you can find what you are looking for without the usual searching. Extra food, pantry staples and junk mean everything is in disarray! This is a great place to start if you want to tackle the organization of your pantry. A quick pantry cleaning checklist that will get your space back to being organized! The first step is to go through and start throwing away food that is either stale, expired or simply won’t ever be eaten.
Donate cans, jars or packages of food that are unopened and not expired. Also, if you use your pantry to store small appliances such as a waffle maker, slow cooker or Instapot, now is a good time to evaluate whether or not you want to donate it as well. I will go into detail below and share my favorite method for cleaning your pantry shelves. Now is a great time to give your shelves a fresh coat of paint too if they need it.
I used a white sharpie to write on each bin to keep things orderly. For snacks and items that you keep in stock most of the time, it makes sense to eliminate the boxes and store them in re-sealable jars or container.
If you always have goldfish crackers in the house, keep them in a pretty jar instead of the box. Print out this pantry cleaning checklist and tape it in your kitchen. I printed mine out, laminated it and posted it inside the pantry. My intent is to do a speedy and simplified version of this every month to keep the mess in check. You can do a quick clean out of your pantry every month that should take you less than 20 minutes. It’s a great way to take stock of what you have on hand and make a shopping list for things you may need as well!
The best way to clean your pantry shelves is with a vacuum and a damp cloth. Click HERE to download my free Pantry Cleaning Checklist printable in a high resolution PDF version. A great reminder for keeping your kitchen pantry organized! Be sure and visit these other bloggers who are also sharing their pantry organization ideas today.