Sooner or later you will have to face the utmost dreaded challenge - cleaning and decluttering the kitchen pantry. When organised well it serves as a wonderful storage helper, especially in a family home. But when you neglect the area, it turns into another chaotic burden. Having a neatly organised and clean space not only helps your day-to-day routine, but also helps your stress management.
There are a lot of inspirational kitchen pantry remodels out there. But even if you are not ready for a full-blown DIY home project, a diligent decluttering session can do wonders. First off, start by removing any items that are not related to your kitchen. Don't turn the pantry into a general storage area. Then, remove all the items listed below, this will leave you with only the things that you need and will free up space for a neat organisation.
1. Infested Foods.
This should be the very first thing you get out of the pantry and straight into the trash can. Have a good look at the dry foods you buy in bulk. Pantry moths just love flour and grains. Even if you think you have sealed the package right, there is still chance for these nasty little fellows to make their way in. If you find any trace of them, removes the infested packs, and take measures to get rid of the bugs completely.
2. Duplicate Equipment.
Whatever the reason you ended up with multiple pieces of the same equipment or small appliances, get rid of the spare ones. Either donate them, give the to friends, or make some extra cash on ebay. Whichever way you choose, just purge them from your pantry. You don't need two blenders, or three non-stick pans of the same size and shape.
3. Expired/spoiled food.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. There is no place for stale food in the pantry. Make it a habit to go over the packages and cans and check for their expiry dates on a regular basis. Also, don't forget about spices too. Don't keep them indefinitely, their aroma will gradually diminish. If you come across a product which is close to expiry but is still suitable to consume, either add it to your meal plan ASAP, or donate it.
4. Fragmented and Incomplete Tools.
Do you keep plenty of lids without pots, or miss-matched tea sets. Or maybe you have this old mixer that served you so well on your bakery endeavours for so long but now barely can scramble an egg? Just throw them away and replace them with new ones.
5. Unwanted Items.
This one seems pretty obvious, however you will be surprised at the number of people who keep random items they don't use and don't even like. If you have received any food presents that are not to your liking, better donate them to a food bank.