Get Organised Early!

We’ve bid farewell to winter and there’s the faintest hint of festivities in the air. Yes, Christmas is still a few months away but before the end of the year really heats up, tackle your pantry and get ahead of the game this festive season.

Follow these simple steps to stay on top of this important task:

  • Out With The Old

    Pull everything out from your cupboards, give each shelf a good wipe down and sort through all the items you’ve been housing. If there are old containers or items that no longer have lids, get-rid-of-them. If you’re housing tins that have passed their best-before date, bin them! With a blank canvas, here is where you get to play with your space.

  • Consider Accessibility and Visibility

    If your ‘toss’ pile was larger than expected, perhaps it was because you couldn’t see the items you were storing. Visibility and accessibility are critical to a fully functional pantry. Whether you’re storing cans, tins and packets or you need to decanter reserves of dry foods into a new container system, place the “visibility and accessibility lens” on the items that you’re storing.

    TOP TIPS:

    Thinking about starting again with your containers?
    We highly recommend modular stackable storage for optimum efficiency, such as Oxo Pop; these clever containers ensure there’s no wasted ‘airspace’ between shelves, they’re designed with a unique airtight push button mechanism, are available in square and rectangular shapes to maximise storage space; while their transparent finish ensures easy visibility.

    The same premise applies when you’re storing tins, cans and jars; consider an item such as the 3 Tier Shelf Helper. This product will maximise pantry space and boost visibility with three layers of storage. Lightweight and easy to store, this step shelf is a economical way to ensure your storage space stretches that little bit further.

  • Look For Airspace

    A small space can go a long way if you’re savvy. Where a large shelf space is being under utilized, create extra storage with a product such as the Undershelf Basket. This clever ditty slides onto the shelf above, will store all types of food or containers within your pantry and is designed to keep air flowing. Similarly a modular, stackable container system will ensure there is no wasted air space between shelves.

  • Access Your Whole Shelf

    Group your items and place them in storers or caddies that utilise the whole depth of your shelf, such as the Large Clara Display Basket; it will ensure you maximise your storage space, helps to group pantry items and will reduce clutter.

  • Take Stock

    Use this as an opportunity to take stock of what supplies you have and what might need replenishing. Consider scheduling time in your diary over the coming weeks to think through your festive season cuisine; that way when you’re out and about you can start to collect long-life items along the way rather than waiting until the December rush.

Best Organisers by Zone

The High Access Zone

The whole household accesses this area frequently. It’s a go-to place for kids so ensure breakfast cereals, spreads and healthy snacks are placed here within easy reach.

Oxo Pop containers are high quality and space efficient. Plus they come in a huge range of sizes.

Use caddies like the Linus Pullz range to help keep grouped items, such as sauces or packets together.

Maximise your space by using Shelf Helpers to increase visibility.

The Reserves Zone

The Reserves Zone is for storing all your pasta, rice, cereals and other dry goods. Its still accessible space but you might not use these items every day. Baskets, caddies and airtight stackable containers are ideal in this zone.

Aamina Easy Access Storers are ideal in this area. The big front handle and soft sealing lid make this container so versatile. They are easy to stack and the opaque finish ensures it’s easy to see contents.

Clara Baskets are a customer favourite!  They are a practical size and made from quality plastic. Choose from 2 sizes and use either way around. A great organising basic.

Marie Handled baskets make it easy to group like items such as jars, bottles and packets. In two practical sizes, use this basket in either the pantry or the fridge.

The Spices Zone

If you enjoy cooking, you’ll probably find that your spice collection has grown. The challenges many people find however are

1.  Avoiding double ups

2. Storing spices so you can find them fast

3. Finding appropriate space to store them

All this is solved with good storage solutions. From in drawer trays, to racks on the wall or in the pantry – the trick is to keep them visible and grouped. Preparing a meal will instantly become more enjoyable!

The Bulk Storage Zone

    • A high-sided storer with integrated handles such as the Mimi Separators will ensure maximum storage in your high archive zone as well as safe access to the items it’s housing.
    • Store extra heavy items in the base of your pantry for safe and easy access. The plastic, food safe, stackable Tallis Bin has a flip lid for accessibility and an impressive 21.7litre capacity.

Take Stock

Use this as an opportunity to take stock of what supplies you have and what might need replenishing. Consider scheduling time in your diary over the coming weeks to think through your festive season cuisine; that way when you’re out and about you can start to collect long-life items along the way rather than waiting until the December rush.

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Accurate as at September 2015.