Barb of Great Family Gadgets wonders:
How do you organize a pantry? We’ve just moved to a new house with a pantry closet. It’s not extremely large, but I plan for it to hold all my dry- and canned-goods. It has four shelves and the floor. What I need to know is how to organize it so that the littlest ones can’t get into the snacks/treats, but also can’t hurt themselves (for example, I thought of putting cans on the bottom shelf, but am afraid my toddler will drop a big can on his foot). It’s not that my toddler can get in by himself, but the older two do get in there and the toddler pushes his way in. Should I just lock the door and keep everybody out? I’m at a loss and hope somebody can help me.
I try to organize the pantry by category: baking, snacks, canned goods, condiments, dry goods, etc. I’d put cereal and the light, dry stuff down below (scratch that…you want to keep the snacks out of reach), along with baking and dry bulk ingredients (flour, sugar, dried beans, etc.) stored in large, airtight, unbreakable plastic tubs. I’d also use Expand-a-shelves to maximize the space for the canned goods.
I found some more general thoughts on pantry organization in this article at MommyTrack’d.
Any other ideas?