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Are you tired of hunting for ingredients? Eliminate excess, streamline storage space and create lasting order with these simple tips.

  • Use up any half emptied boxes of rice, pasta or any other dried goods that are taking up shelf space with specially designed recipes.
  • Toss spices and herbs that have been just sitting around unused for longer than you can remember. Extracts and whole spices generally stay fresh for 4 years. Ground spices for up to 3-4 years. Dried leafy herbs for 1-3 years and seasoning blends for about 2 years.
  • Group like items together (pasta and rice on one shelf, canned items on another), and use shelf dividers to maintain order.
  • Avoid storing things more than a layer deep. What you can not see, you likely will not use.
  • Save the cooking directions from a food item’s original packaging and tape them to the inside lid of your airtight containers.
  • If you do just one thing, at the end of each quarter, donate any unused food items that are more than a year old to make room for ones you will actually use.

24 is the average number of canned food items in a pantry, but we use an average of only 5 per week.

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