Posts Tagged ‘pantry’

4 Organization Tips for Hosting Holiday Meals

By CSC - November 18th, 2016

Holiday meal dining table

Hosting big family meals at the holidays can be very fun – or very stressful. The key to a successful gathering is organization and planning. So, whether you’re hosting twenty people for Thanksgiving or five people for New Year’s Eve, here are a few tips from Closet & Storage Concepts to make the process easier:

1. Plan the menu ahead of time.

If you’ll be doing all the cooking yourself, plan your menu far in advance. For example, print the recipes you plan to make and paperclip them together as a reminder. However, if your guests will also be bringing dishes to share, be sure to communicate clearly ahead of time. You can assign each person a specific menu item or simply a course (appetizer, dessert, side dish, etc.), but be sure to make a note of who is bringing what.

2. Take stock and make a grocery list.

Once you have your menu, write out a list of all the ingredients you need. Then check your fridge and pantry to see what you already have and what you need to buy. Having a clean, organized pantry makes this step a lot easier, but if yours isn’t up to par, give Closet & Storage Concepts a call! Our experts will work with you to design a custom storage system for your pantry.

3. Schedule your prep.

Start your prep a few days before the event. Do your grocery shopping and make sure you have decorations and place settings. As you get closer, plan out tasks you can do ahead of time – chopping vegetables, baking desserts, etc. And when the big day arrives, write out all your tasks based on priority so that everything gets done on time.

4. Don’t forget leftovers!

If the meal is a success, then chances are that your guests will want to take leftovers home with them. Be a gracious host by thinking ahead and buying cheap plastic or disposable containers for your guests’ use. That way, you won’t have to worry about loaning out precious containers that you may never get back.

If you plan ahead and follow these tips, your holiday meal is sure to be a success! But if you want some extra help, contact the experts at your local Closet & Storage Concepts – they can design the perfect pantry or storage system to streamline the holiday hosting experience.

Photo by James DeMers, licensed under Creative Commons CCO 1.0.

Digging Through Your Pantry – Tips For Thanksgiving Food Drives

By CSC - November 14th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re experts in all aspects of home storage solutions. From garage storage to innovative murphy beds, Closet and Storage Concepts has the experience necessary to craft the perfect solution for your family’s needs. Some of our favorite types of projects to work on are kitchen pantries; not only is the kitchen often the nexus of a home, but it can also be one of the most disorganized areas in the house. As we inch closer to Thanksgiving, it’s likely that many organizations in your area are beginning to focus on their yearly pantry food drive. For this post, we’re taking our love for pantry storage projects and combining it with the importance of holiday food drives. We’ve put together a list of a few rules when it comes to donating items typically stored in your pantry. Sometimes getting your home better organized can also lead to added benefits for your community, so read on to find out how you can clear out your pantry storage while helping neighbors in need.

Start By Pulling Out Extra Items

The easiest way to get started with a food drive is to look into your pantry and find the items you have extras of. Whether you bought 20 cans of lentils when they were on sale or simply never got around to trying out that new product, take a look at your pantry and pull out the items you can easily part with. If you start your food drive approach from this angle, you’ll likely be able to find numerous items you can easily part with. Not every family has the extra income to devote to charity, so if you’re in this position try to organize your pantry while also giving back to the community. Not only will you end up with a better storage system in your kitchen, you’ll also be able to do some good in your local community.

Make Sure To Stick With Nonperishables

Although your pantry can be filled with a number of different types of items, it is essential that you stick to nonperishable items when it comes to most food drives. Most local food banks tend to prefer canned food above all else, as these items have a much longer shelf life than their paper-packaged brethren. Many food drives won’t take products contained in glass jars, so make sure to contact your local organization to find out exactly what kind of items they’re looking for. This way, when you go through your pantry, you’ll know exactly what items you should be pulling.

Focus On Healthy Foods

We all have items in our pantries that satisfy our sweet tooth or junk food addiction, but when donating to a food drive you should really avoid these types of items. Many organizations prefer organic food, but if your pantry doesn’t include these types of products you should focus on single ingredient items such as canned beans or fruit. Dried pasta and rice are also always a great choice, and most disorganized pantries tend to have a plethora of forgotten dried foods. When going through your pantry, make sure to pull out items that are suitable for kids and parents, and always lean towards food with a healthy bent.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we know the importance of an organized pantry as well as a healthy and well-fed community. This holiday season, we encourage everyone out there to not only get their kitchen pantries better organized, but also to remember just how important it is to give back. If you’re looking for a local food bank try a quick search on this site, and if you’re hoping to get your home better organized make sure to contact Closet and Storage concepts today!

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