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A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Pantry


Pantry before clean up

A well-organized and clean pantry not only makes cooking and meal planning easier but it also helps to prevent food waste. However, the task of cleaning and organizing a cluttered pantry can feel overwhelming. In this blog post, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide to help you clean and declutter your pantry efficiently.

Step 1: Preparation

Before you dive into cleaning your pantry, set aside some time and gather the supplies you will need. Here's a list of essential items:

  1. Cleaning supplies: All-purpose cleaner, microfiber cloth, sponge, and a vacuum cleaner (optional).

  2. Storage containers: Airtight containers and clear jars for organizing grains, cereals, and spices.

  3. Labels and markers: These will come in handy when organizing and identifying items in your pantry.

Step 2: Empty and Sort

Start by removing all the items from your pantry. Take this opportunity to check expiration dates and toss out any expired, stale, or spoiled food. Group similar items together to get a better sense of your inventory.

Step 3: Clean and Wipe Down

Pantry after organisation

Once your pantry is empty, it's time to give it a thorough clean. Use an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth or sponge to clean the shelves, walls, and floor. If necessary, vacuum any hard-to-reach corners or crevices to remove any loose debris.

Step 4: Organize and Group

Now it's time to reorganize your pantry and group items logically. Consider placing frequently used items at eye level for easy access. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Categorize: Group items into categories such as canned goods, dry goods, snacks, and spices.

  2. Use storage containers: Transfer loose grains, cereals, pasta, and snacks into airtight containers or clear jars to maximize shelf space and keep things organized.

  3. Utilize vertical space: Install additional shelves or use adjustable shelf risers to make the most of your pantry's vertical space.

  4. Label containers: Clearly label containers and jars to make identifying items easier, especially when you're in a hurry.

Step 5: Maintain Regularly

pantry rack for spices and smaller items

To keep your pantry clean and organized, it's important to establish a regular maintenance routine. Here are a few tips:

  1. Check expiration dates regularly: Once a month, go through your pantry and discard any expired items.

  2. Rotate stock: When restocking your pantry, place new items at the back and move older items to the front to ensure things don't get forgotten.

  3. Wipe down surfaces: Every few weeks, give your pantry shelves a quick wipe down to prevent dust and spills from accumulating.


Cleaning and organizing your pantry may seem like a daunting task, but with a step-by-step approach, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Follow our guide to declutter your pantry, create a system that works for you, and maintain the orderliness going forward. A clean and well-organized pantry will not only save you time but also ensure you make the most of your ingredients. Happy organizing!



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