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Organization 101: Kitchen Pantry

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Organizing your pantry not only saves you time but money so you don’t continue to buy the same things at the grocery store. Korrine Belock, Founder & Owner of Urban Simplicity had some suggestions to organize your pantry, which she says is often overlooked when spring cleaning.

Spring Cleaning Your Pantry

Advantages to an Organized Pantry

-Save money by not purchasing duplicate items

-Make meal planning and cooking easier

-Keep your family healthy – put those snacks front and center

-Get out the door faster – pull together breakfast and kids’ lunches more quickly

Six Steps to Organize Your Pantry

1. Pull everything out of the pantry. 

2. Declutter and discard expired items.

•TIP: As new items are stocked, write expiration dates on food and spices with a Sharpie to make dates easy to spot.

3. Clean and wipe down pantry surfaces.

4. Sort like with like and group those items together. Examples include grains, salty snacks, savory snacks, sauces, condiments, etc.

5. Consider family favorites and what you use most often to set-up zones in your pantry.

•TIP: Make meal planning easy by grouping all ingredients for the night of the week in a labeled bin. This will simplify meal preparation.

•TIP: Keep items you used every day at eye level. Save upper and lower shelves for lesser-used items.

6. Containerize and label items to keep things organized and easy for your family to maintain as well.

•TIP: Remove items from packaging to save space. You’ll also be able to easily see your supply.

More Quick Tips

-Use portable bins for go-to spices, oils and vinegars. You can easily grab them from a cabinet shelf when cooking, and slip them back in when you’re done.

-Go vertical inside cabinets to maximize space. Stacking bins, rising shelves and a double decker lazy susan are great for canned goods, condiments, and spices.

-Use sturdy, matching bins to keep similar items together and looking neat.

-Use airtight containers to keep staples fresh. The containers also help you monitor what you have on hand.

-Use backs of doors. Paint a chalkboard for grocery lists, hang a corkboard or magnetic board for recipes, or add hooks for an apron or measuring cups. You’ll make the most of that unused space and keep the outside of the fridge and cabinets clutter free.

About Urban Simplicity

Korinne Kubena Belock is the founder and owner of Urban Simplicity, a professional organizing company, with operations in Cincinnati and New York City, that will streamline your life and design custom systems to make sure you stay organized.

Whether you are trying to balance your work and home life, running a business, or planning for a life-changing event like a new baby or a move, Korinne and her team of organizers will make the most of your time and space, and give you peace of mind so you can focus on the things that matter most to you.

•Prior to starting the company five years ago, Korinne worked for ten years in political organizing for Mayor Mike Bloomberg, as well as elected officials from the United States Congress to The White House.

•Korinne has been a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) for five years.

•Korinne is affiliated with The Container Store’s Contained Home program, the company’s in-home organizing service.

•Korinne’s company was recently named to New York magazine’s 2016 Best of New York list.

For more information, visit –  Or contact Korinne at 646-942-8676 or

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