About a year ago, I got sick of all the mess and clutter in the pantry. I decided to organize my pantry and recycled all of my plastic storage containers.
Since then, I’ve started using all kinds of other containers to store our bulk grocery purchases. Since my motto is “make it, don’t buy it,” I prefer to use containers we already have instead of buying new ones. Here are some tips I’ve learned while organizing my pantry this last year.
Organizing with Glass Jars
Glass jars are best for freezing, so I keep yeast and homemade breadcrumbs in recycled spaghetti sauce jars in the freezer. We eat a lot of popcorn and different types of beans (not together!), so those items stay in the pantry in canning jars.
Organizing with Plastic Jars
Recycled plastic containers are useful, too. I don’t microwave in them or freeze them, but they’re perfect in the pantry where little hands might reach (and drop) them. The ones on the ends originally held cashews and the ones in the middle were peanut butter jars. These hold oats, homemade rice-a-roni mix, pasta, and cornmeal.
Organizing with Jumbo Plastic Containers
You can also use jumbo plastic containers (like the ones for cookies or pretzels) to hold flour or sugar. Since I started baking our sandwich bread, I have lots of flour on hand. These large containers are easy to fit a measuring cup into, as well.