How To Feng Shui Your Pantry

If you are anything like me, the pantry is one of the most accessible places to create clutter quickly. Bags of grocery items without organization end up being stuffed in any corner with free space, and once the last piece of the area has been taken, it's time to take everything out, organize, and start over. If the pantry is a source of stress and clutter for you, it might be time to try the feng shui approach to have a more balanced, organized, and easy pantry, no matter the size.

According to Extra Space Storage, the kitchen is one of the most important spaces for health, happiness, and wealth. This also goes for the pantry since it's an essential part of the kitchen. So why not tap into this ancient wisdom and create good chi where we prepare and have meals? In this article, we'll go into detail about feng shui, the wise traditional Chinese practice, why it's important, and how to incorporate it in the pantry specifically.

Clutter and color

First things first, you need to declutter the area. The number one rule for achieving feng shui in any room is to clear the jumble to ease the flow of good energy through the space. Start by taking everything out of your pantry and checking expiration dates. Throw out expired items and put older items in the front. Then section your staples into groups like cereals, baking items, and sauces so that they are easy to find when organizing them.

Once everything is clutter-free, think about what would make the pantry an exciting and inspiring place to go for meal preparation. Color choices have the ability to make a huge impact on your emotions and can really set the mood for what you want. In the kitchen, the color orange, according to Homedit, is associated with the joys of eating, but since it's such a bright color, it's best used in small doses. A pantry is a great place to highlight that color of joy and happiness.

Time to organize

Once you've got the clutter all clear and the pantry staples grouped together, it's time to organize them. To optimize storage, use double shelves in order to create space on the top and bottom instead of on just one shelf. Then really go through the items and see what you really use and what should be donated. This can multiply your storage space, mindbodygreen notes.

Bins are great for stashing ready-to-go snacks for the kids (and yourself) that are easily grabbable on the way out the door. Clear, plastic containers can hold cereal, pasta, sugar, and flour to make it easy to pick when needed. A small pantry can really double in space with these organization tips. However there are many hacks out there if you really want to DIY a dream pantry, but we hope these tips help start the process of transforming your pantry (big or small) into one that creates balance, promotes happiness, and eases that clutter-induced stress.