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This Chef-Approved Organization Hack Could Save You Money

A woman places items onto an organized pantry shelf.

At some point or another, we all struggle with organization. When it comes to the kitchen, things can get particularly messy. There’s one chef-approved organization hack, though, that can keep your goods organized and might save you money.

According to a chef, you should be decanting your pantry items, and yes, we know it sounds like a lot of work but it’s worth it.

Stephen McDowell, the executive chef at the Stephen F. Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel in Austin, Texas, spoke with The Spruce and explained that decanting can help everything from organization to grocery shopping. McDowell recommended using stackable, clear containers in your pantry and fridge. This way, you’ll be able to see when supplies are low and make a more accurate grocery list.

This is helpful in two major ways. First, you’ll always know what needs to be purchased. Making your grocery list will just be a matter of peering into your pantry, not grabbing every box of pasta, crackers, or spice bottle to look inside at volumes.

Second, though, it could save you money by preventing over purchasing. If you’ve ever come home from the store only to realize you bought pasta you already had or spice you didn’t need, this method prevents that, saving you money, particularly on items that might expire before you get o use them.

While yes, you will need to decant and label all of your food, it’s a fool-proof organization method that could save you cash. Plus, it looks nice, so what’s not to love about that?

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