UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — As many of us are holed up at home, why not get organized with a pantry makeover?
We met up with a professional organizer, Gilat Tunit, who tackled one New York mom's pantry.
What did we find out? Being organized can not only save you time every day, but also money!
Being a mom of three girls, Dani Niditch is always moving at a fast pace and that's how her pantry became a shoving ground of groceries.
“I never know what I need when I'm at the grocery store. I'm buying extra of stuff I have, not enough of things that I do need. I can't keep it together.”
That's why she's called on Project Neat's Gilat Tunit.
Gilat said organizing should not be overwhelming.
“It's just about keeping order by creating systems that last. You need to keep up with that system and then the flow of your life becomes much easier I promise you. The first thing you want to do when coming to a project like this is clean out the space completely. Once you clean it out, break items into categories and go through expiration dates.”
Gilat uses containers to create zones. “What I did is separate everything into zones for you so all of canned goods are here, I decanted pastas that you have a lot of, moved snacks into sections, added a breakfast section, and at the bottom I added condiment and baking section.”
One of the best things about this makeover is that it will help Dani actually buy less because she can now see what she has.
One thing we learned: Decant your pastas, yes, decanting is not just for wine!
And when you buy those large packs of chips, or cookies take them out of the box! That way you know how many you have left.