If making your kitchen and pantry looking instagrammable and pinterest-worthy one of your goals this 2021, then we'll share with you the secret to having one!
Decanting is a technique used by Professional Organizers that aims to reduce visual clutter in a space. It's basically the practice of removing goods from their original packaging and transferring them into a more permanent, often clear container. By doing this, you eliminate the visual clutter created by mismatched and chunky packaging. Decanting into clear containers also enable you to see exactly what you have and keep your pantry better stocked.
While decanting is a brilliant idea to transform your kitchen space, it may also become an overwhelming and tedious task if not done properly. So here are some of our tips to make your decanting process easy breezy!
Choosing what to decant
Choosing what items to decant really boils down to one's preference and lifestyle. Someone who cooks or bakes a lot will have a different preference than someone who doesn't. It also depends on your space, time, and budget. If you're new to decanting, we suggest to start small and work your way up. You may start by decanting everyday consumed items like cereals, coffee, sugar, and cooking essentials like cooking oil, salt and pepper.
If you're going for a quick aesthetic transformation, you may also choose to just decant the items that are out in the open.
2. Choosing the right container
If you're decanting food items, make sure to choose jars that are airtight, BPA-free and food-grade quality. Glass containers are generally safer for food, and are more durable, but may be too heavy to lift when storing large volume items like flour. BPA-free plastic canisters are a good alternative and is safer for kids to use.
Aside from the jar's material, it's also important to choose the right container size that will fit your usual supply to eliminate the need for spillover storage. If you always buy 2kg of flour, then choose a container that will fit 2kg or flour. Make sure to measure your shelves before purchasing your jars to ensure that you maximize your shelf space.
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3. Labeling containers
Since you are eliminating the original packaging when decanting, it's important to label your containers to differentiate them from each other. You may use a small tape to mark the expiry dates. For items that has instructions, you may cut them out and stick them at the back of the container.
For items that are permanent in your pantry, make sure to use water-proof labels so you can easily wash or wipe down your containers for cleaning. For decanted items that you only buy seasonally, you may opt to use dry-erase markers.
4. Setting a regular maintenance system
Set yourself up for success by creating a system that works for you and stick to it. Arrange your containers in such a way that they are easy to find, easy to reach, and easy to put back. Keep your containers full by implementing a back stock area so it's easy to find and refill what you need. Set a cleaning schedule to wipe down dust, or spills on the containers.
Decanting your goods in your kitchen and pantry is the quickest way to transform your space and make it looked organized and tidy. Again, start small and work your way up. If you need further inspiration, here's a gallery of some of our clients' decanted items!