It’s been awhile since I have had the organizing bug, but recently it has hit hard! If you follow me on social media, chances are you have seen a sneak peek already. I started out investigating refrigerator organization, and that led to a desire for pantry organization. The flip-tight canisters in the Better Homes and Gardens line at Walmart turned my excitement into obsession!
Hello … Pantry Organization!
A Cluttered Mess (Before)
WHAT A DISASTER!! If you opt for open shelving, I believe keeping a clutter free space is a MUST. I failed, because there was no organization in place.
My hubby built industrial shelving for me in our mudroom just off our kitchen in order to expand my pantry needs. I just love them so much! You can check out the full DIY blog post here. I really love the idea of open shelving, but my pantry was lacking organization. Once I mapped out a plan, the fun began 😉
I am highly impressed with these canisters. They are air-tight, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and stack for even more space saving. All items used to achieve my pantry organization are linked at the end of the post.
In order to stay cost effective, I also purchased a few inexpensive canisters by MainStays. They aren’t quite as convenient because of the screw top lids, but they are definitely budget friendly 🙂 I purchased (3) 1 gallon, and (2) quart size.
The wire baskets I chose are available in a variety of sizes as well. They are stackable and heavy duty. I measured the space needed and found that stacking 2 smaller side by side on one end and a larger on the other fit the space perfectly. My plan is to purchase another for storing chips. Chips are a struggle aren’t they? I am not one to store chips in a container, I am fine with a chip clip.
The paper plate bin and 3 step organizer was a sweet surprise while browsing Dollar General on my lunch hour one day. I LOVE the under the shelf paper plate organizer! Paper plates are another nuisance to store when you are limited on space. The 3 step organizer is a great solution for canned goods, once again allowing room to see what’s available! I linked a few other options as well.
Once I knew what would be in each canister, I blew the dust off my Cricut machine and produced labels. I purchased rose vinyl paper, and layered the words with white vinyl as a background.
I’m sure you noticed that a snowball effect happened and that the once turquoise walls are now neutral. The paint color, Aloof Gray by Sherwin Williams, is the same as the kitchen. The bench in this room was a dark brown and well used. I gave it a fresh coat of Rose Chalk Paint by Rustoleum, and styled the room just for fun 😀 We have plans to create a functional, yet charming spot for this area. This is a highly used space, but who says it can’t be pretty too!
I hope you found this post useful and inspiring! I assure you a little organization is good for the soul! I believe staying neat and organized is helpful to one’s overall stress. Thanks for stopping by, I’ll see you very soon!
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Author and photos – Martha Knake
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