When it comes to organizing your space, are you on Team Decant or Team I Just Can’t?
If you ever watched someone on your social media feed show off their perfectly organized kitchen pantry or cabinets, chances are, you've seen lots of cute, clear containers on display, storing anything from pasta to flour to laundry detergent pods.
It might at first seem counterintuitive to remove items from their original containers only to put them in different containers, but there are good reasons to try it out in your own storage space.
“The packaging and boxes that most items come in can take up unnecessary space on shelves or in drawers,” Heather Aiello, the CEO and founder of The Organized You, tells The Spruce. “By eliminating the packaging, you are also reducing the visual clutter.”
Aside from having an excuse to purchase a slew of containers and matching labels (more on those in a moment), decanting has bigger benefits than indulging a shopping urge.
If we can have a shelf of decanted items, maybe we can decant the rest of our lives and get it all organized, right?
Style preferences aside, it’s important to choose the right type of container for the items you are decanting. A colorful wicker basket is fine for holding small prepackaged snacks, but you’ll want a container with an airtight seal for baking supplies like flour and sugar.
Plastic decanting containers are much safer if you’ve got kids digging into them, says Heartfield. But if there are only adults in your household, she suggests using glass containers for storing pasta, oatmeal, protein powders, and more.
Be sure to label your containers, too. One big issue with decanting is that by ditching the original packaging, you’re also ditching nutritionalRead more on thespruce.com