I hope you all enjoyed the DIY project I shared last week, but it’s time we get back to business. This week, I tackled organizing the pantry. I may appear as if I have everything together and organized already, but truth be known, I don’t!! I am diving into these projects publicly for you AND ME!! There is nothing more pressing than setting a goal and knowing you will be held accountable!
If you are seeing this dreamy pantry photo twice, it’s because my page sometimes cuts part of the “featured” photos and if you are browsing from your phone, you may not even see my opening photo, and this pantry is so dreamy, I wanted to make sure you were able to swoon over it.
Ok, now I’m slightly embarrassed. I mean you can’t even see what’s readily available. And if your pantry looks like this, thank goodness, I’m not alone. I’ll admit, I am envious of all of you that have a small “closet” your canned goods can call home, not I, maybe someday 😉 .
So first thing is to obviously empty it. Do you know there were two bags of the exact same kind of chips opened?? There 3 bags of different types of tostitos that only had crumbs at best. I purged, boy did I purge. Another good idea is to use the crumbs as topping on cheesy potatoes or another type of casserole 🙂 .Since you are emptying everything out, now is a great time to check expiration dates on canned goods, etc.
I wiped all the shelves down with the LA Totally Awesome multi-purpose cleaner I introduced a few weeks back. I had to be a little creative when coming up with a plan to add items back in. I decided the chips and snacks should remain on the top shelf. The canned goods, soup mixes, and pastas would be easier seen on the second shelf. The third shelf is designated to breakfast, and the fourth is primarily baking essentials.
I did purchase a few more organizing containers, but could use a few more. Do you have a place where you can keep overflow? I keep overflow of canned goods and chips, etc. in our basement. I have a separate small area to house those items, for back up.
I like containers for crackers, because honestly the bags get ripped and they wind up stale so fast. I bought these at Dollar General.
I store soup mixes, baking mix, and pudding mix in these air tight containers. I went searching in my girl’s rooms for their old locker shelves. Of course, I didn’t fine them, but I think they would work nicely for canned goods quite well, making a shelf.
I have had these cereal bins for many years and have always wanted more.
So the bottom shelf is for baking needs primarily. No matter what, it’s a pain to grab from this bottom shelf, so I made sure it wasn’t my most needed and used items. I’m sorry if you were expecting a Pinterest inspired outcome. My “food storage area” isn’t beautiful but it’s functional and that makes me happy.
Even the kids were quite impressed when they came home from school.
I have been brainstorming and I believe I may have come up with a solution to provide a larger space for food storage and use this cabinet for something else. Can’t wait to update you later on. Thanks for popping by <3 .
Author – Martha Knake
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