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When Ina Garten showed off the results of her annual home spring-clean on her delightful Instagram page last month, we zoomed in. As always, the Barefoot Contessa star has plenty of great ideas, and as always, we took notes.
Each year, Garten makes sure her busy pantry is in tip-top shape. She clears out any dry goods that are past their prime and organizes the rest. To do this, she relies on a few basic tools: open shelves, clear bins, shallow bowls and deep crocks.
You may already have some of these items on hand at home. But in case you don’t, we’ve scoped out some affordable lookalikes on Amazon to help you follow her lead.
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Set up shop
First things first: Take everything out and clean the surfaces and floors. After cleaning, take stock of what you've got and arrange items for accessibility. Garten’s pantry looks like a little grocery store with everything at the ready on wire shelving.
For an inexpensive way to follow suit, consider the No. 1 bestselling Amazon Basics 4-Shelf Adjustable, Heavy Duty Storage Shelving Unit. This sturdy stainless steel shelving has a legion of five-star fans (over 81,200 and counting!) because it is simple, durable and has a clean look.
A clear way to get organized
Garten keeps things from tumbling around with some perfect little bins. “This year, I got clear plastic containers for all those messy chocolate chip and dried bean packages," Gartner wrote on her Instagram. "It’s easier to see what I already have when I’m making a grocery list!”
To neaten up your foodstuff, nab a pair of these clear pantry organizer bins with handles — they're on sale for just $14 (was $19)! At this price, you might want to order several!
The secret of citrus bowls
Not only do lemons and limes look gorgeous on display (a trick used for ages by stylists) but Garten shared another incredible reason to show them off: “You get more juice from room temperature citrus,” she explained on Instagram. Noted!
These 10-inch Dowan porcelain serving bowls look lovely holding colorful produce, and they make great pasta or salad bowls, too. Right now, the pair is just $32 with the on-page coupon (was $34).
A useful home for utensils
Garten prefers to keep her wood and metal tools separate. “I like big white crocks with utensils on the counter so they’re easy to reach,” she wrote. Sweet and simple.
A similar find with a twist: This minimalist 7.2-inch utensil holder has a recycled cork bottom that promises to never scratch your countertop. And it's unlikely to topple, thanks to its weight distribution. Select the on-page coupon for $2 off — $26 (was $28).
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