Now that your pantry is clean and newly optimized, it’s time to reorganize its contents. Start by grouping foods.
"Keep like things together in your home," says Richmond. "In the pantry this can translate to keeping baking supplies together or even medications." She also suggests using your daily routine as a guide to grouping. "Group things how you’re using them, working with your habits and daily instincts," she says. If you eat the same oatmeal with nuts and raisins every morning, bunch them together. "It works better than anything you can read in a magazine."
Several prominent home blogs also suggest grouping ingredients for pantry meals, a.k.a. dinners you can throw together in a few minutes using pantry foods. For example, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, assorted beans, corn, and a few spices will get you going on an easy bean chili. Keep labels turned outward so you can identify foods easily.