Whether you have just moved into the Park Station apartments in Gaithersburg or youve been there for a while, getting things organized is an ongoing process; especially when it comes to your kitchen. In todays blog post, we have some tips for organizing and stocking your cupboards with pantry items. Organizing For ease in finding and using items, we suggest setting up centers based on commonalities. For example, if you love to bake, create a baking center. In this area put all of the items you commonly use for baking: flour, sugars, cocoa, oil, shortening, etc. Another center might be for drinks, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, water flavors, etc. Having centers can save a lot of time, and you will know where things are based on use. Store things you use every day in easily accessible places. Store seldom-used items on the high or low shelves/cupboards. Find a home for everything, and label containers so you know whats inside at a glance (instead of having to open to see whats inside). Store items in uniform containers as much as possible; square containers stack much better than most store packaging. Clean your cupboards/pantry area out at least once year. This will give you the opportunity to see what you use up and what sits on the shelf forever, which will help you with future purchases. Pantry Items Because everyone has different tastes and eating habits, everyone will have many different items in their pantry. However, some basic items to make or complete a meal at the last minute can come in handy. Good Housekeeping has a pantry list, which is a good place to start. A well-stocked pantry also provides the advantage of shopping sales and getting the best deal, or buying in bulk for food storage items, which is generally less expensive than purchasing small packages. With a well-stocked pantry you will be prepared to make a tasty meal nearly out of thin air! What are your favorite tips for organizing or stocking a pantry? Let us know in the comments.