How to do a Successful Cupboard Cleanup

Is your pantry poppin? Cleaning our your cupboards can save you time and money and keep you safe.
Have your bread crumbs gone bad? Is the vegetable oil on the verge? Here is a list of some cupboard staples and their expiration dates. In addition, always remember to always store your staples in air tight containers in a cool dry place.

Cupboard Staples

  1. Brown Sugar: Indefinite shelf life.
  2. Granulated Sugar: Indefinite shelf life.
  3. Coffee (canned, ground): 2 years if unopened, 1 month if opened.
  4. Coffee (whole beans): 1 month in freezer.
  5. Dried Pasta: 1 year.
  6. All Purpose Flour: 10 to 15 months, unopened or opened.
  7. Whole Wheat Flour: 1 to 2 months in pantry, 6 months in freezer.
  8. White Rice: Indefinite shelf life.
  9. Brown Rice: 6 months in pantry, 1 year in freezer.
  10. Bread Crumbs: 3 to 6 months in pantry, 2 years in refrigerator.
  11. Potatoes: 1 month. Do not refrigerate.
  12. Onions: 1 to 4 weeks in pantry.
  13. Nuts: 1 month if unopened, 2 to 3 months in refrigerator or freezer, if opened.
  14. Honey: Indefinite shelf life.
  15. Maple Syrup: 1 year in refrigerator, indefinite in freezer.
  16. Ketchup: 1 year if unopened, 4 to 6 months in refrigerator, if opened.
  17. Vegetable Oil: 3 months in pantry, 6 months in refrigerator.
  18. Olive Oil: 12 to 18 months.
  19. Vinegar: Indefinitely if unopened, 6 months if opened.
  20. Mayonnaise: Follow use-by-date if unopened, 2 months if opened.
  21. Soy Sauce: 1 year in refrigerator, if opened.
  22. Worcestershire Sauce: 12 years, unopened or opened.
  23. Frozen Vegetables: 18 to 24 months if unopened, 1 month if opened.
  24. Salsa: 1 year if unopened, 2 weeks in refrigerator, if opened.
  25. Eggs: 3 to 5 weeks in refrigerator.
  26. Pre-Grated Cheese: Follow package date if unopened, 3 to 4 weeks if opened.
  27. Peanut Butter: 6 months. Keep natural type in the refrigerator.
  28. Spices: 1 year. Some spices should be refrigerated.

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In conclusion, it’s a good idea to periodically check expiration dates on all your cupboad/pantry supplies. Read 10 Steps for Cleaning Out Your Pantry.
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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Linda Samuels on July 6, 2020 at 9:22 am

    What an awesome list! Thank you for doing that research. It looks like I might need to do some releasing. Oy. The big winner is Worcestershire Sauce with a 12-year shelf life. Wow! It’s the one sauce I don’t think we have.

    • Janet Schiesl on July 6, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      Linda, my challenge is dry spices. I like to cook, but don’t use some spices quick enough. I hate to toss them once they get old when I have only used a small amount.

  2. Diane N. Quintana on July 6, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Fabulous list, Janet. I have a similar list in my book: Now What? A Simple Organizing Guide. I also have a list of how long things will last in your freezer!

    • Janet Schiesl on July 6, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      I love lists like this, because I never remember how long things last.

  3. Sabrina Quairoli on July 6, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Wow! Great list! I didn’t realize the Worcestershire Sauce has a 12 year shelf life. I saw on The Kitchen show on the Food Network that you can store Worcestershire Sauce in the refrigerator. I am now trying that.

    • Janet Schiesl on July 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      Yes. I store Worcestershire Sauce in the frig. Mine has never lasted 12 years though.

  4. Ronni on July 7, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    This is amazing! It’s hard to remember the shelf or refrigeration life of anything. I did read that eggs last better in their original carton and up to a 3 weeks past the expiration date? Does that sound right?

    • Janet Schiesl on July 7, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      Ronni, just from personal experience, that sounds about right to me.

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