Organize your pantry (at last!)
One simple strategy—creating and, yes, labeling, zones—significantly reduces meal prep time. Follow this guide for an organized pantry that prepares you for any situation, from busy weeknights to unexpected houseguests.
Zone 1: Home remedies
Avoid rummaging through the entire pantry when a cold or the flu strikes. Prepare one bin with proven comforts: chicken noodle soup, ginger tea, saltine crackers—even medications.
What you’ll need: Use a clear, plastic bin so you can easily see what supplies you have in stock.
Zone 2: Holiday fixings
Reserve the hard-to-reach corners of your pantry for seasonal goods like pumpkin puree, gravy mix, and cranberry sauce.
What you’ll need: Since you don’t use seasonal goods year-round, store them in woven baskets to keep the food hidden and your pantry from looking cluttered (even if they’re all the way on the top shelf).