Place Rarely Used Items Up High
This may seem obvious, but when many people first move into a home they are more concerned with getting unpacked than placing items on the shelves in the most organized fashion possible. When setting up your pantry, put items you only use once in awhile, such as the baking goods and tools that you only use around Christmas and Thanksgiving, on the very top shelf, and save the lower shelves for every day items.
Store Dry Goods in Square Containers
You will make better use of your pantry space if you transfer bags of rice, flour, and other dry goods into tightly sealed square containers which can be stacked on top of each other. Keep the containers with the goods you use most often on top so they are the easiest to get to. Square containers take up less space than large bags that lean up against each other, and putting clear labels on each container will ensure that you are never confused about what is what. Keeping dry goods in containers will also help them last longer and prevent infestation by bugs or mice.
Keep Spices on a Lazy Susan
If you love to cook, you probably keep a large variety of spices and herbs in your pantry. A good way of doing this is to put your spices on a revolving circular platform, also known as a “Lazy Susan.” A good Lazy Susan will save you a lot of time in getting to that rarely used yet ultra-tasty spice blend, since you won’t have to dig through a bunch of other bottles to find it in the back.
Place Heavier Canned Goods On The Bottom Shelf
A good place for canned goods is on the lower shelves, beneath the counter. This way, you can stack your cans on top of one another without worrying about them knocking over and rolling off the shelf. No one wants an avalanche of heavy canned goods to come crashing down on their head, so place these items down below and save the higher shelves for harmless items, such as bags of potato chips.
Place Perishable Items in Their Own Place
When your pantry is very full, it can become easy for perishable items to accidentally get pushed to the back and forgotten about. Although most perishable items are kept in the fridge, there are things like cookies, energy bars, and other items which may go stale if lost behind a wall of canned foods. Keeping perishable items in their own special place will ensure that nothing ever goes to waste.