Get organized, avoid food waste, and plan your meals quickly. This pantry inventory printable is a smart way to know what you’ve got.
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One of my best meal planning tips is to try to create meals from what you already have on hand. When your pantry is disorganized, sometimes you don’t really know what you have.
I’m as guilty as the next person at finding food I didn’t know I had buried at the back of the pantry… way past the expiration date. Oops.
My pantry isn’t perfect. I keep like items together and try to keep it all neat, but the cabinet is deeper than it is wide. Of course, my master plan is to redo the entire kitchen and build the pantry of my dreams. Some day.
Here’s what I’ve got to work with. I use those plastic drawers for things that are easily squished (like bread) and small packages (like candy, nuts, and snack bars).
Until I can do a pantry makeover, here are a few ways I’m working with what I’ve got to keep my pantry organized.
Make each shelf a category so everything has its own “home.” A few category ideas: canned goods, boxed goods, breakfast, snacks, baking, and produce. Add shelf dividers, pull-out containers, or other shelf organizers to keep like items together on the same shelf.
First in first out
Put new purchases at the back and use older items first. This will keep you from losing things on a deep shelf and ensure that you use items up before their “best by” date.
Use opened packages
Plan meals that use things you’ve already opened. Most of those “best by” dates are when the package is still sealed. Once you open it, it’s best to use most things within a few weeks.
Store in air-tight containers
Those pretty matching containers aren’t just for looks. Pouring open packages into reusable containers means you can seal them to keep out air (that makes things stale) or pests. Just be sure you keep the package cooking instructions or write the expiration date on a label.
Make a list
Keep a pantry inventory so you know what you have. You can tape it to the inside of the pantry door or store it in your household binder.
Pantry inventory printable
The freezer inventory printable fits on regular 8.5×11-inch paper, but can be resized to print smaller if desired. This version has been updated to match the rest of my printable planner inserts.
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