My name is Jasmine and I'm a Lazy Neat Freak. I like everything to be nicely put into its place, but I'm not willing to put much time or energy into this goal. And with four kids under the age of six organization is key, but my time is precious.
A few weeks ago our pantry was invaded by sugar ants, which was the perfect opportunity to take on a small pantry organization project. If you're a Lazy Neat Freak (LNF) like me, here's a little guide to get you started...
1. Take everything out of the pantry. Every. Thing. Yes, even that dented can in the corner covered in dust that you haven't touched since you put it there five years ago after buying it for some obscure recipe you never ended up making. Take it out.
2. Wipe down the shelves. We both know you're not going to empty this pantry out ever again, so it's now or never.
3. Throw away anything that's expired. Donate anything you won't eat to a food pantry. No need to take up space with stuff you're never going to use.
4. Group like products together.
5. Put grouped products into bins/small storage containers. I strongly urge you to look around your house for any empty bins you already have lying around. One of my favorite blogs is Becoming Minimalist, and an article there once mentioned that buying containers to become organized is really the opposite of minimalism. I know that my blog and this specific piece are not about minimalism. But I'm a minimalist at heart, so I really don't believe in buying extra stuff just to handle the things I already have. If you do need to buy bins, get the $1 plastic bins at Target or the dollar store. It doesn't need to look pretty. Seriously. It's a pantry. And you're lazy.
6. Put the filled bins into the emptied out pantry. If you have too much stuff to fit into your pantry take some out, put it on your kitchen counter, and resolve to use these products before you buy more food. Get creative with your menu planning.
7. From now on, anything you buy or put back in the pantry MUST go into one of the sorting bins. This will help tremendously with any future spills, and keeps everything sorted and organized.
8. Go have a cup of tea or glass of wine and pat yourself on your back. You just organized your pantry the Lazy Neat Freak way. And you have time and money left to spare.
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