Getting the Most out of Your Pantry: Canisters or Original Packaging?

organized-pantryDo you have canisters and other containers in your pantry or do you keep food in it’s original packaging, maybe with clips to hold the bags closed?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot as I get ready to reorganize my pantry (again!). Right now, we keep everything in it’s original packaging. I actually open and discard the cardboard boxes that my cereal and snack foods come in, which works for me because my pantry is actually a pull-out cabinet with shelves that are more like drawers than actual shelves. However, I keep most of my baking ingredients and other foods in their original packages.

I love the idea of a neatly organized pantry with similar containers lining the shelves, but I’m not sure it’s worth the money or time that it would take to maintain a system like that.

Here are the pros and cons that I can think of:

Pros

1. It looks nice!

2. Everything has a designated place, and you can quickly see how much each container contains and what you may be running low on.

3. You can buy in bulk to save money and help the planet.

Cons

1. It costs money to get started.

2. You have to take the time after every grocery shopping trip to transfer the food to the containers.

3. There’s not as much flexibility, and if you end up with 1 or 2 items that don’t have a container, it might drive you nuts. (Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me…)

Are there any pros or cons that I’m missing? Which method do you prefer?

Note: Noelle commented on my post over at Deal Seeking Mom to let us know that Tupperware’s Modular Mates are actually 40% off this month. If this is a system you’ve been considering, now may be the time to do it!

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