Organize Your Kitchen #9 Pantry Bottles and Cans

by Tina on February 1, 2011

We’re on a Freedom Journey (Bottles and Cans) that will declutter and organize your kitchen in 21 days, using about 10 minutes per day. Three weeks will come and go. If you are able to join us on this Freedom Journey, after 21 days, you will be celebrating in your newly organized kitchen. You can do this.

(If this is your Day #9 with us, you’ll notice a pattern. :-))

Remember, first we declutter. Then we organize.


  1. Gather all the bottles and cans in your kitchen and pantry (vegetables, fruits, broths, soups, condiments, vinegars, sauces, meats, syrup, sodas, etc.). Look in all the drawers, cabinets, countertops, pantry, etc.
  2. Sort “like items with like items” – make little piles on the countertop or table – however you would like – cans, bottles, by category, etc.
  3. Purge through your piles. Designate new areas on the countertop or table as Donate and Trash piles. You can mark the designated areas with post-it notes or a slip of paper with each title on it. Scan the “like with like” piles. Check expiration dates. Remove anything you think is unusable, and place it in the Trash pile. Remove any items you no longer use, love or want, and place them in either the Donate pile. Someone else really needs it.
  4. Make a Purge Storage Area. This could be individual paper bags, plastic bags (different than your regular trash bags), boxes, containers, or a section in your laundry room or garage. Label your containers to avoid confusion. Place your Donate and Trash piles into the appropriate container. Place that container in its designated space until you get ready to dispose of these items.


  1. Take a look at the remaining bottles and cans – remember, you use, love or want them.
  2. Where do you want their home in your home to be? Pantry? Cabinet? Shelving? Will they fit in this area? If not, you may have to go back to the purging step (Donate or Sell).
  3. Would you like to buy organizing products to divide/contain them? Bins? Baskets? Lazy Susans? Plastic? Stainless? Wood? Color? Style? Size? (Note: you may find it helpful to wait to purchase any organizing products until after you’ve completed decluttering and organizing. For now, just make notes about what you might like and the size it needs to be.)
  4. Locate your selection in which to house them.
  5. Place your items into your selection. Place the selection into its home.
  6. Enjoy being able to find your bottles and cans whenever you need them.
  7. Remember to return your bottles and cans here after each use.

Congratulations! You did it! We’ll continue your Freedom Journey tomorrow. There are only 12 days left to your newly organized kitchen.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden…’ [except the Tree of Good and Evil]…” Genesis 2:16 (New International Version)

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 Hello, my name is Tina Bonifacio, and I am a Professional Organizer working with residential and commercial clients in the greater Savannah, Georgia area. For more information, visit Thanks for stopping by. You are welcome back anytime.

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