Eat more healthy, home cooked meals with a well-stocked and organized pantry.
Healthy eating is an important component to embrace gracious living. If we eat a healthy, vegetable rich diet, we feel better, we have more energy, and we see the doctor less – we all know there are countless benefits. Plus, when we feel better and have more energy it is so much easier to act with intention and delight in everyday joys.
But eating healthy is not always easy. You are tired after work, the kids are hungry, and your husband (ahem S.) wants to know what’s for dinner. All those fast food restaurants are just so darn prevalent, and the pizza guy is on speed dial.
So what should you do to cook more at home and avoid fast food temptations?
No. 1. Plan Your Weekly Meals
No. 2. Stock Your Pantry with Healthy Essentials
No. 3. Keep It Organized
Let’s look at numbers 2 and 3 — a well-stocked and organized pantry. No one likes to stop in the middle of cooking dinner to run to the grocery store, and it is equally vexing to start putting groceries away and realize you already have 3 cans of those baked beans you just couldn’t see them behind the jumble. Been there? I know I have!
It makes perfect sense that keeping healthy foods in an easily accessible and orderly pantry makes putting together nutritious meals stress-free. Really, it is a no brainer!
Benefits of a Well-Stocked, Organized Pantry:
- Being prepared
- Creating healthy, quick meals from what’s in the cupboard
- Knowing what you have
- Wasting less food
- Feeling a sense of accomplishment about feeding yourself and your family
Today, I want to share with you my Southern pantry essentials, and a beautifully organized pantry from my friend Kim’s house. You may remember P&P’s look inside her house with the Home Tour: Safari Glam meets Industrial Chic. Now, we get to peak inside her well-stocked pantry and pick up some tips for keeping this important space organized.
My Southern Pantry Essentials
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Bring Order to Your Kitchen Pantry with These 7 Tips
No. 1 Group Pantry Items and Create Sections
- Put like things together both in terms of type and size
- Place daily use items at eye level and rarely used items on high shelves
No. 2 Measure Your Space
- Measure your largest and smallest pantry items to determine height of shelves
- Generally, shelves should be between 8 and 18 inches (cans = 6 ½” and cereal boxes 15″)
No. 3 Use Shelf Organizers
- You should store small items, packets, or awkwardly shaped items in baskets
- Elevate items on the back of the shelf with risers
- If the shelves are wide enough try a lazy-susan
- Gravity feed racks are great for cans
No. 4 Store Foods in Re-Usable Canisters
- Put essential pantry items like flour, sugar, and grains in air-tight canisters
- You should also use canisters for bulky items to save space
- Be selective otherwise you are creating more work
- Mesh baskets are great for storing onions and other root vegetables
No. 5 Label – Label – Label
- If you cannot see into the basket put a label on it
- Mark flour and sugar canisters so you know which is which
- Need some label help? Check out this and this and this
No. 6 Create a Space for a Grocery List
- Use a chalkboard to make notes about re-stocking pantry items
- If space is limited, put a notepad or clipboard on the back of a cupboard door
No. 7 Add Your Personal Style to the Space
- Choose containers or labels in your favorite colors
- Paint the inside of the pantry a fun color or put up wallpaper
- Use antique furniture or storage solutions
- Showcase one of your collections on top shelves
I love how Kim decorated this pantry, adding antiques to the space from the cupboard on the back wall to her collection of dry good canisters and the milk bottles to the yardsticks.
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