Hello friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been super busy sewing and crafting some new things for craft shows. I always enjoy this time of year so much, but it does mean a lot of extra work for me. I’ve also been doing fall cleaning, and the pantry was one area that really needed some new organization. I thought I’d share some of my favorite organization tips with you.
The first thing I did was add a shoe organizer on the back of the pantry door using a command hook to hang it. It’s great for those little packets of sauces and gravies. Now I don’t have to dig through them to find what I’m looking for!
The second tip is one of my favorites. I keep a container of clothespins and binder clips (much cheaper than the clips designed just for this purpose) in a container in the pantry to close chip bags and other food packaging. If you don’t like using plain clothespins, dress them up a bit by gluing on some pretty scrapbook paper, painting them, or adding other embellishments. I added scrapbook paper and some cute buttons to some of mine.
Dollar Tree and Dollar Store containers are great for storing things like oats packets, snacks, etc. It’s so handy to go to the pantry and be able to just grab what you’re looking for and go…especially on those rushed mornings!
I have used a magazine holder for years to organize lunch bags and various seasonal food storage bags. I have an extra-wide magazine holder, but using two or three narrower ones would work fine, too. If they tend to tip over, just use zip ties to fasten them together.
If you aren’t already, start saving those used zip lock bags and save yourself some $$! Our society tosses out so many useful things today! After emptying stored foods, just wash the bags with warm, soapy water, rinse well, and place over an upright container to dry. You can use them again to store things like crackers, snacks, etc. They are also great for organizing craft supplies, batteries, screws, nails, etc., around the house. (NOTE: If foods that have a tendency to go rancid (hamburger) have been stored in the bags, I do toss those.)
I hope you find these tips useful. I’d love to hear about your favorite tips, so please post them in the comments section below! Happy organizing!