12 Month Organizing Challenge: Organizing Your Pantry and Refrigerator

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Want to start organizing your pantry and refrigerator? Here’s what you need to know.

 Organization is key to keeping your pantry and refrigerator organized. Follow these steps and you will be on your way!
1.    Sort items by type into different categories – this can include items such as canned goods, grains, snacks, and condiments. Create labels and bins to help you keep track of items. This way, you can easily find what you need. Make sure to regularly check expiration dates to keep food from going bad. (Now is also a good time to check all your spices for freshness). You can also use the first-in, first-out method to ensure you use up the items that were purchased first.
2.    Make sure items are easily visible so you know what you have and can access it quickly. Working with the categories you have made, put frequently used items in clear containers at the front of the shelves for easy access. Items that are used less often can be placed further back on the shelves. Remember to check the expiration dates and discard expired items. If you notice you have items you won’t use, try finding a local food shelter and help those in need!
3.    Store items in clear plastic containers or bins. Use stackable containers to maximize your storage space. Storing items in clear plastic containers or bins is helpful because it makes it easier to find what you need quickly and keeps items organized. Additionally, it will help to protect items from spoilage and keeps them fresher for longer. Remember to label your bins to help you know what’s inside!
With Passover quickly approaching, why not get a head start!

Cleaning for Passover can be easier by separating out chametz (leavened food items) from kosher for Passover items. This can be done by storing the chametz in labeled containers or in a separate area of the pantry or refrigerator. Additionally, it is important to thoroughly clean the pantry, refrigerator, and other food storage areas to remove any traces of chametz.
It is also a good time to start cleaning your appliances. To clean appliances, first unplug them and remove any detachable parts. Clean all surfaces with a cloth or sponge and a mild detergent or cleaning solution. Rinse with a damp cloth, and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies that can easily attract dirt and dust.
If you follow your thorough cleaning with regularly cleaning up spills, your efforts will be seen at this same time next year making a daunting task that much easier.
Happy organizing!

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